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Prof. Sarah Whitehouse 

School of Mathematics and Statistics 

Hicks Building
University of Sheffield
S3 7RH

Tel. 00 44 (0)114 222 3870
00 44 (0)114 222 3809
Email: s.whitehouse\at\

I am a Professor of Pure Mathematics and Deputy Head of the School of Mathematics and Statistics (SoMaS) at the University of Sheffield.


I am an enthusiastic lecturer with wide experience of undergraduate teaching at all levels. For many years I taught a popular level 3 Combinatorics module. Other courses I have taught in Sheffield include Analysis, Vector Spaces and Fourier Theory, Groups and Symmetries and Algebraic Topology. Other lecturing experience includes courses on Metric Spaces and Measure and Integration.

I very much enjoy supervising project work. Level 4 MMath project topics I have supervised include Aperiodic tilings, Combinatorics of the symmetric group, Discrete geometry, Integer vauled polynomials, Integer partitions and the Dold-Kan correspondence.

In 2021-22, I am teaching the year-long second year MAS221 Analysis module.


My field of research is algebraic topology. Here is my publication list

Andrew Stacey worked with me as an RA on an EPSRC funded project on stable and unstable operations in higher K-theory. 

Constanze Roitzheim worked with me as an RA funded by an EPSRC grant, held jointly with Andy Baker of the University of Glasgow. The project was "Rigidity Theorems in Stable Homotopy Theory". She is now based in Kent.

I currently have three PhD students, James Brotherston, Andrew Fisher (jointly supervised with James Cranch) and Leyna May Watson. 

Eight PhD students have completed their theses under my supervision: M-J Strong completed her PhD thesis with me in 2008, Tony Hignett in 2009, Laura Stanley in 2011, Khairia Mira in 2012, Gemma Halliwell, Shadman Kareem and Will Mycroft in 2018, and Dan Graves in 2020.

General information for prospective graduate students is available. If you are interested in doing a PhD with me, please don't hesitate to get in touch. 

Links to the homepages of my coauthors: Joana Cirici, Francis Clarke, Martin Crossley, Daniela Egas Santander, Imma Gálvez Carrillo, Ai Guan, Muriel Livernet, Alan Robinson, Constanze Roitzheim, Andrew Stacey, Stephanie Ziegenhagen


Here are slides from some talks I have given. (I mostly give blackboard talks, so this is a random selection where I happened to use slides.)

"Model structures and spectral sequences", GDR Topologie Algebrique, Strasbourg, October 2021.

"Model structures and spectral sequences", Online Algebraic Topology Seminar (OATS), November 2020.
(recording)  (slides)

"Model category structures and spectral sequences", British Topology Meeting, Open University, Milton Keynes, September 2018.

"Algebraic structures in topology" LMS Prospects in Mathematics Meeting, Manchester, December 2012.

"Infinite sums of Adams operations " (it was mainly a blackboard talk, with just a few slides), Arolla, August 2004.

"Infinite sums of Adams operations ", Bonn Workshop on Structured Ring Spectra, September 2004.

"Stable and unstable operations in p-local K-theory", International Mediterranean Congress of Mathematics, Almería, June 2005.

"On the KU_(p) local stable homotopy catgeory", Conference on The Arithmetic of Structured Ring Spectra, Rosendal, Norway, August 2005.

"Stable and unstable operations in mod p cohomology theories", Complex cobordism in homotopy theory: its impact and prospects, (the Ravenel & Wilson birthday conference), Johns Hopkins, March 2007.

Here are some documents related to my lectures at the LMS-EPSRC Instructional Course on Algebraic Topology at Swansea, July 2005. Outline. Lecture Notes. Problems.

Here is a slide version of a beamer talk on Elliptic Cohomology at the Durham Prospects in Mathematics Meeting in December 2006.

Conferences and Seminars

Transpennine Topology Triangle. This is a joint topology seminar with vertices at Leicester, Liverpool and Sheffield. I am the grant-holder.

Women in Topology III, Hausdorff Research Institute for Mathematics, Bonn, 26-30 August 2019. I jointly organised this event, with Julie Bergner and Angelica Osorno.

Updated: 8 November 2021