Prof Peter Cameron

Prof Peter Cameron


Researcher profile

317 MI
Mathematical Institute



Since arriving in St Andrews, Peter Cameron has taught MT5821, Advanced Combinatorics (now MT5861). He has also supervised independent learning modules on Set Theory and Logic. Previous teaching activity includes devising a first-semester introductory module to University mathematics at Queen Mary University of London, and courses in number theory, linear algebra, algebraic structures, group theory, logic, and topology, as well as short courses at Masters/PhD level on Synchronization, Laplacian Eigenvalues, Group Theory, and the Random Graph.

He was awarded Students Association Teaching Innovation Prize 2015

Research areas

Peter Cameron has been a half-time Professor of Mathematics in the School of Mathematics and Statistics since 2013, having previously spent 11 years at the University of Oxford and 26 years at Queen Mary University of London. His research is in the areas of algebra (groups, permutation groups, semigroups), combinatorics (enumeration, design theory and finite geometry, graph theory), and model theory (countably categorical structures). He is known for his work exploring consequences of the Classification of Finite Simple Groups for permutation group theory, for automorphism groups of countably categorical structures (he invented the term "oligomorphic" to describe these groups), and more recently applications of permutation groups in semigroup theory and in design of experiments in statistics. He has published over 300 papers and has 200 coauthors.

PhD supervision

  • Siavash Lashkarighouchani
  • Simon Jurina

Selected publications


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