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AC 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.

Committee Support: 

Ms Fiona Falvey & Mr Robert Finlay, Assessment, UCD Registry

email: (opens in a new window)acce@ucd.ie

ACCE Meeting Schedule 2023/2024

Submission Deadline (1)
 Meeting Date
Thursday 31 August 2023 
Friday 15 September 2023;10am
Thursday 5 October 2023
Friday 20 October 2023;10am
Thursday 2 November 2023 (2)
Friday 17 November 2023;10am
Thursday 30 November 2023 (3)
Friday 15 December 2023;10am
Thursday 11 January 2024
Friday 26 January 2024;10am
Thursday 8 February 2024
Friday 23 February 2024;10am
Thursday 7 March 2024
Friday 22 March 2024;10am
Thursday 4 April 2024
Friday 19 April 2024;10am
Thursday 2 May 2024 (3)
Friday 17 May 2024;10am
Thursday 6 June 2024 (4)
Friday 21 June 2024;10am

1.  Ten working days are required for preparation, circulation and review of all documentation in advance of each meeting. It is therefore essential that documentation is submitted for the monthly submission deadline.
2.  Thursday 3 November 2023 - Last ACCE deadline for December conferring
3.  Thursday 4 May 2024 - Last ACCE deadline for June conferring
4.  Thursday 8 June 2024 - Last ACCE deadline for September conferring

The ACCE shall, subject to review by the Academic Council, discharge the following 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.
  • Assume responsibility for the university’s Examination Regulations, including the undertaking of periodic reviews to ensure they are fit-for-purpose, and proposing amendments to AC in this regard as required.

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.

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