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. 

The Group will meet on the following dates:

Dates for 2020/21 will be confirmed in August 2020

Examinations Group meeting (all at 2.00pm) Deadline for submission of examiners' reports to Doctoral College Operations team 
Dates for 2020/21 will be available shortly  Dates for 2020/21 will be available shortly




Membership of the Examinations Group


Ingrid Sharp (2016-21)

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 (2014-2021)

Engineering and Physical Sciences

Stuart Barber (2016-21) + TBC

Medicine and Health:

Cathy Brennan (2016-2021)

Social Sciences:


Chair of Examinations Group role description (PDF)