Academic Council Committee on Examinations

The Academic Council Committee on Examinations (ACCE) supports the Academic Council in all assessment related matters. The ACCE authorises the award of University degrees and other awards, approves Internal Examiners and nominates External Examiners to the National University of Ireland (NUI), oversees assessment practices across the University and act as the University's examination board dealing with the award of Research Degrees.

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Ms. Elaine Williams and Ms. Johanna Flannery, Assessment, UCD Registry
email: acce@ucd.ie

The ACCE shall, subject to review by the Academic Council, discharge three major functions:

  1. Authorise the award of University degrees and other awards, approve Internal Examiners, and nominate External Examiners (Subject and Special) to the NUI.

  2. Oversee assessment practices across the University. This includes the following duties:
    • Act on behalf of the University, as the final decision-making authority on assessment-related matters with oversight of assessment strategies, grading practices and grading patterns across the University. ACCE will ensure that Schools or Programmes act in conformity with university policy and will give direction as appropriate.
    • Consider reports from the Director of Assessment in relation to the grade approvals process and make recommendations or give directions to Schools and Programme Examination Boards as appropriate.
    • The ACCE shall consider all Post-Examination Board changes to grades that are to the detriment of a student and either approve or reject such changes.

  3. Act as the University’s examination board dealing with the award of Research Degrees. Such duties shall include:
    • Act, on behalf of the University, as an Examination Board for all doctoral and research degrees (PhDs, Professional Doctorates, Research Masters and MDs).
    • Award, on behalf of the University, all research degrees.
    • Award on behalf of the University, all posthumous awards/aegrotat degrees and to report these decisions to Academic Council.
    • Determine cases where there is disagreement among examiners in relation to the award of a research degree.
    • Deal with any other examination/assessment related matters delegated by the Academic Council.

  4. The ACCE shall exercise some or all of the functions described above in respect of any Recognised College as specified by Academic Council.

 

ACCE Membership 2017-18 Academic Session

Chair (appointed by President)
Assoc. Prof. Joe Brady

Deputy President, VP for Academic Affairs & Registrar
Prof. Mark Rogers

Graduate School Director elected by Grad School Directors
Assoc. Prof. Emma Sokell

Graduate School Director elected by Grad School Directors
Assoc. Prof. Kenneth Stanton

Dean/Associate Dean
Prof. Barbara Dooley

Dean/Associate Dean
Prof. Brian Caulfield

Head of School elected by Head of School
Prof. Danielle Clarke

Head of School elected by Head of School
Assoc. Prof. Lynda Mulvin

Member of Academic Council elected by AC
Assoc. Prof. Carmel Hensey

Member of Academic Council elected by AC
Assoc. Prof. Deirdre Campion

Director of Assessment
Ms Karen O’Shea

Students’ Union President
Mr Barry Murphy

Students’ Union Graduate Officer
Mr Niall Torris

 

 

ACCE Meeting Schedule 2017/18

 

Submission Deadline *
 Meeting Date
Thursday, 7 September 2017 Thursday, 21 September 2017,
11am -1pm
Thursday, 5 October 2017 Thursday, 19 October 2017,
11am -1pm
Thursday, 2 November 2017 **
Thursday, 16 November 2017,
11am -1pm
Thursday, 30 November 2017 Thursday, 14 December 2017,
11am -1pm
Thursday, 18 January 2018 Thursday, 1 February 2018,
11am -1pm
Thursday, 15 February 2018

Thursday, 1 March 2018,
11am -1pm

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Thursday, 29 March 2018,
11am -1pm

Thursday, 12 April 2018 Thursday, 26 April 2018,
11am -1pm
Thursday, 10 May 2018 ***
Thursday, 24 May 2018,
11am -1pm
Thursday, 7 June 2018 ****
Thursday, 21 June 2018,
11am -1pm

* 10 working days are required for preparation and circulation of documentation to the ACCE and for review of all documentation by members of the ACCE in advance of the meeting. It is essential that all documentation is submitted in advance of the monthly submission deadline.

** Last ACCE submission deadline for December 2017 conferring

*** Last ACCE submission deadline for June 2018 conferring

**** Last ACCE submission deadline for September 2018 conferring

 

ACCE Schedule of Meetings 2017/18 (PDF)