Examinations Group

The Examinations Group ratifies examination results of all postgraduate research degrees and awards those degrees.

The full terms of reference of the Group are:

  • To implement University policy and procedures for the examination of research degree candidates.
  • To conduct regular reviews of strategic and policy issues in relation to examinations for research degrees and to make recommendations to the Graduate Board. 
  • To conduct regular reviews of procedures and all documentation associated with the examination of research degree candidates and to make changes as appropriate.
  • To undertake liaison and consultation with other groups of the Board as necessary.
  • To undertake liaison and consultation with the Faculty Graduate Committees as necessary.
  • To appoint examiners for research degree candidates after consideration of recommendations from schools and other registration units.
  • To consider recommendations made by the examiners for research degree candidates.
  • To ratify examination results for research degrees, subject to the Group being satisfied that the criteria for the award of the degree have been met, to award such degrees and confer degrees in absentia, under authority delegated by the Graduate Board.
  • To participate in the review of the research degree arrangements and programmes within individual schools and faculties. Each review team must include either a member of the Examinations Group or the Programmes of Study and Audit Group, and individual members of these groups are required to participate in at least one review per session 

The Group will meet on the following dates:

Examinations Group meeting (all at 2.05pm) Deadline for submission of examiners' reports to Postgraduate Research and Operations team 
11 September 2017  4 September 2017
16 October 2017 9 October 2017
20 November 2017* 13 November 2017
15 January 2018 8 January 2018
5 March 2018 26 February 2018
23 April 2018 16 April 2018
11 June 2018** 4 June 2018

 July/August 2018 date to be confirmed

*The November meeting is the last meeting before the December graduation ceremonies.

**The June meeting is the last meeting before the July graduation ceremonies. 


Membership of the Examinations Group


Professor Ingrid Sharp (2016-19)

One academic representative from each of the Faculties with experience of PGR supervision and examination:

Arts, Humanities and Cultures:

Dr Ben Walmsley (2016-2018)

Biological Sciences:

Dr John Barr (2016-2019)


Dr Mark Robinson (2018-20)


Dr Nichola Wood (2014-2020)

Education, Social Sciences & Law:

Dr Mary Chambers (2017-2020) and Dr Michael Wilson (2017-20)


Dr Claire Brockett (2016-2019) and Dr Girish Kale (2017-2020)

Mathematics and Physical Sciences:

Dr Stuart Barber (2016-2019)

Medicine and Health:

Dr Cathy Brennan (2016-2019)

Chair of Examinations Group role description (PDF)