Dr Robert Leek MMath DPhil PGCHE

School of Mathematics
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Director for Computer-Aided Assessment
Examinations Officer

Contact details

School of Mathematics
Watson Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Robert Leek is an Assistant Professor at the University of Birmingham, where he is also the Director for Computer-Aided Assessment and the Examinations Officer.  His research interests revolve around topology, and in more recent years topological dynamics.


  • PGCHE, University of Birmingham, 2020
  • DPhil in Mathematics, University of Oxford, 2015
  • MMath, University of Oxford, 2011


Robert Leek earned his MMath and DPhil at the University of Oxford in 2011 and 2015 respectively. His thesis was in the area of general topology and investigated structural characterisations of certain convergence properties in general topological spaces.

After defending his thesis, Robert moved to Cardiff to take up a fixed-term lectureship and in 2017 he started work at the University of Birmingham. As director of computer-aided assessment (CAA), he has taken up the management of the Möbius CAA system that is used in Jinan-Birmingham Joint Institute.


Semester 1

LC Mathematical Workshops

Semester 2

LM Advanced Mathematical Finance


Research Themes

  • Computer-aided assessment
  • CAA
  • Infinitary combinatorics
  • Logic
  • Möbius
  • Radial
  • Set theory
  • Topological dynamics
  • Topology


Recent publications


Good, C, Leek, R & Mitchell, J 2020, 'Equicontinuity, transitivity and sensitivity: the Auslander-Yorke dichotomy revisited', Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems, vol. 40, no. 4, pp. 2441-2474. https://doi.org/10.3934/dcds.2020121

Leek, R 2014, 'An internal characterisation of radiality', Topology and its Applications, vol. 177, pp. 10-22. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.topol.2014.08.002, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.topol.2014.08.002

Doctoral Thesis

Leek, R 2016, 'Radiality and spokes: a structural theory of convergence', ???thesis.qualification.phd???, University of Oxford . <https://ora.ox.ac.uk/objects/uuid:26e43290-2477-467d-b288-a4c0eb7ed719>

Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Paseau, AC & Leek, R 2022, The Compactness Theorem. in Internet Encyclopaedia of Philosophy.

Working paper

Leek, R 2015 'Convergence properties and compactifications' arXiv, pp. 1. <https://arxiv.org/abs/1412.8701>

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