Progress and Examinations Group

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

The Progress and Examinations Group has been delegated responsibility from the Graduate Board for the following matters:

  • 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 School 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 University's PGR Periodic Review. 

Meeting dates 2023/24:

Deadline for Graduate Schools to submit reports (for DCO)

Meeting date

Friday 8th September 2023

Wednesday 19th September 2023

Friday 6th October 2023

Tuesday 17th October 2023

Friday 10th November 2023

Tuesday 21st November 2023

Friday 5th January 2024

Tuesday 16th January 2024

Friday 23rd February 2024

Tuesday 5th March 2024

Friday 12th April 2024

Tuesday 23rd April 2024

Friday 14th June 2024

Tuesday 25th June 2024

Friday 28th July 2024

Tuesday 8th August 2024



Membership of the Progress and Examinations Group


Dr Stuart Barber (2021 – 2024)

Deputy chair Dr Nichola Wood

Academic representatives from each of the Faculties with experience of PGR supervision and examination:

Arts, Humanities and Cultures:

Dr Aylwyn Walsh (2021 – 2024)

Dr Mark Westgarth (2022 – 2025)

Biological Sciences:

Dr Stephen Muench (2019 – 2025)


Dr Bin Xu (2021 – 2024)


Dr Nichola Wood (2014 – 2021)

Engineering and Physical Sciences

Prof. Frans Muller (2022 – 2025)

Prof. Todd Stewart (2022 – 2025)

Medicine and Health:

Dr Frederique Ponchel (2021 – 2024)

Dr Fiona Errington-Mais (2022 – 2025)

Social Sciences:

Dr Maria Rovisco (2020 – 2023)

Representative from Disability Services Janne Oinonen
Head of Doctoral College Operations Paula North
PGR Progression and Examination Manager (Doctoral College) Catherine Mills
PGR Student Support and Communications Manager (Doctoral College) Lucy Kuzlik


Membership Terms of Reference (Doc)

Chair of Examinations Group role description (PDF)