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 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 2021/2022


Deadline for submission of examiners’ reports to DCO: For consideration at the Examinations Group meeting to be held on:
Friday 10 September 2021 Monday 20 September 2021 (14:05)
Friday 01 October 2021 Monday 11 October 2021 (14:05)
Friday 12 November 2021 Monday 22 November 2021 (14:05)
Friday 07 January 2022 Monday 17 January 2022 (14:05)
Friday 25 February 2022 Monday 07 March 2022 (14:05)
Friday 15 April 2022 Tuesday 26 April 2022 (14:05)
Friday 10 June 2022 Tuesday 21 June 2022 (14:05)
Friday 29 July 2022 Monday 08 August 2022 (14:05)




Membership of the 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)