School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics

Staff Profile

Dr Oli King

Senior Lecturer in Pure Mathematics


Roles and Responsibilities

Employed part time from October 2017 (50% FTE)
  • Chair of the Board of Examiners
  • Student Disciplinary Panel - member
  • Academic Appeals Panel - member
  • Regulations Working Group - chair 

Personal Achievements

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 




Research Interests

Classical Groups.
Finite Geometry.

Google Scholar profile

Current Work

I have been interested for many years in the subgroup structure of the Classical Groups, both finite and infinite. In particular I am interested determining classes of subgroups that are maximal as subgroups, both describing the subgroups in terms of geometric configurations and proving maximality using natural geometric techniques. I am also interested classes of almost simple subgroups that can be described geometrically, even if they are not maximal.

I am interested in certain geometric configurations. Sometimes, but not always, these are related to subgroups of Classical groups. The configurations that I have a particular interest are: caps in projective spaces; ovoids and partial ovoids in polar spaces; special sets on hermitian surfaces; blocking sets on hermitian surfaces.


Undergraduate Teaching

MAS3703/MAS8703 (Geometries and Designs)


MAS2704 (Numbers and Ciphers)