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 Fiona Falvey, Assessment, UCD Registry

Mr Robert Finlay, Assessment, UCD Registry 


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.


ACCE Membership 2022 - 2023

Chair (appointed by President)
Prof. Peter Duffy

Acting Registrar, Deputy President
Prof. Barbara Dooley

Dean of Graudate Studies
Prof. Paul McCabe

Heads of Graduate Studies from Schools nominated by the Graduate Research Board

Assoc. Prof. Paul Curran

Assoc. Prof. Michael Lennon

Programme Deans/Associate Deans elected by the Programme Deans

Dr Elaine Wilson

Assoc. Prof. Lucy Collins

Heads of School elected by the Heads of School

Prof. Suzanne Guerin


Members of Academic Council elected by AC

Assoc. Prof. Maria Meehan

Prof. Martin Grunewald

Director of Assessment

Karen McHugh

Students’ Union President
Molly Greenough

Students’ Union Graduate Officer
Marc Matouc

ACCE Meeting Schedule 2022/2023

Submission Deadline*
 Meeting Date
Thursday 1 September 2022 Friday 16 September 2022;11am 
Thursday 6 October 2022 Friday 21 October 2022; 11am
Thursday 3 November 2022** Friday 18 November 2022; 11am 
Thursday 1 December 2022 Friday 16 December 2022; 11am
Thursday 12 January 2023 Friday 27 January 2023; 11am 
Thursday 9 February 2023

Friday 24 February 2023; 11am

Thursday 9 March 2023

Friday 24 March 2023; 11am

Thursday 6 April 2023 Friday 21 April 2023; 11am
Thursday 4 May 2023*** Friday 19 May 2023; 11am
Thursday 8 June 2023**** Friday 23 June 2023; 11am

*10 working days are reequired for preparation, circulation and review of all documenation in advance of each meeting. It is therefore essential that documentation is submitted for the monthly submission deadline.
**Thursday 3 November 2022 - Last ACCE Deadline for December conferring
***Thursday 4 May 2023 - Last ACCE Deadline for June conferring
***Thursday 8 June 2023 - Last ACCE Deadline for September conferring