I am a Reader in Theoretical Astrophysics in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Leicester.

My work looks at how planets form in discs around young stars like our Sun, how stars form, and how super-massive black holes grow. Most of my work involves building theoretical and numerical models of these systems, in order to try and understand how they behave and evolve. For a more detailed description, please see my research page.

My research is funded by the The Leverhulme Trust and the European Research Council.


I grew up in Fife, in southern Scotland, and studied in Edinburgh and Cambridge. I was a post-doc in Colorado and Leiden before joining the faculty in Leicester. I now live with my wife and son in nearby Nottingham.

A full CV is available here (PDF); my travel schedule is here.

Current/recent students & post-docs

Giovanni Dipierro - ERC post-doc
Cass Hall - ERC post-doc
Rebecca Nealon - ERC post-doc
Giulia Ballabio - PhD student

Stephen Fendyke Post-doc, 2014-16.
Tom Hands PhD student, 2012-16.
Alex Dunhill PhD student, 2010-13.

Contact Details

email: richard.alexander (at) leicester.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)116 252 3543
Dept. of Physics & Astronomy
University of Leicester
Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK