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 2022/23:

Deadline for Graduate Schools to submit reports (for DCO)

Meeting date

Friday 09 September 2022

Monday 19 September 2022

Friday 30 September 2022

Monday 10 October 2022

Friday 11 November 2022

Monday 21 November 2022

Friday 06 January 2023

Monday 16 January 2023

Friday 24 February 2023

Monday 06 March 2023

Monday 17 April 2023

Tuesday 25 April 2023

Monday 12 June 2023

Thursday 22 June 2023

Friday 28 July 2023

Monday 07 August (TBC)



Membership of the Progress and Examinations Group


Dr Stuart Barber (2021 – 2024)

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

Arts, Humanities and Cultures:

Dr Aylwyn Wlsh (2021 – 2021)

Biological Sciences:

Dr Stephen Muench (2019 – 2022)


Dr Bin Xu (2021 – 2024)


Dr Nichola Wood (2014 – 2021)

Engineering and Physical Sciences


Medicine and Health:

Dr Frederique Ponchel (2021 – 2024)

Social Sciences:


Membership Terms of Reference (PDF)

Chair of Examinations Group role description (PDF)