Examinations Group

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

The 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 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. 

The Group will meet on the following dates:

Examinations Group meeting (all at 2.00pm) Deadline for submission of examiners' reports to Postgraduate Research and Operations team 
21 October 2019  Monday, 14 October 2019 
18 November 2019*  Monday, 11 November 2019 
20 January 2020  Monday, 13 January 2020
02 March 2020  Monday, 24 February 2020
20 April 2020  Monday, 13 April 2020
15 June 2020**  Monday, 8 June 2020
20 July 2020 (Provisional)  Monday, 13 July 2020

 August 2020 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 (2016-20)

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

Arts, Humanities and Cultures:

Maria Kapsali (2018-21)

Biological Sciences:

Stephen Muench (2019-22)


Mark Robinson (2018-20)


Nichola Wood (2014-2020)

Engineering and Physical Sciences

Claire Brockett (2016-2019) Girish Kale (2017-2020) and Stuart Barber (2016-20)

Medicine and Health:

Cathy Brennan (2016-2020)

Social Sciences:

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

Chair of Examinations Group role description (PDF)