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 2.00pm) Deadline for submission of examiners' reports to Postgraduate Research and Operations team 
17 September 2018   Monday 10 September 2018
22 October 2018  Monday 15 October 2018
19 November 2018*  Monday 12 November 2018
21 January 2019  Monday 14 January 2019
04 March 2019  Monday 25 February 2019
07 May 2019  Monday 29 April 2019
10 June 2019**  Monday 3 June 2019

 July/August 2019 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 Maria Kapsali (2018-21)

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)