Planning and Resource Allocation Committee (PRAC)

The Planning and Resource Allocation Committee (PRAC) is a main committee of Council that is responsible for divisional and service budget setting, and allocating money to other important functions of the University. The Committee also oversees student number planning, fee setting, value for money initiatives, and other activities that impact on income and expenditure. PRAC sets the budget for IT capital expenditure, approves spending from the Minor Capital Plan. The Committee is responsible for drafting and overseeing the University’s five-year strategic plans.

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Membership as at MT 2022 will be as follows

Name Conditions of appointment Until
Dr David Prout, Queen's Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning & Resources), who shall be chair of the committee Ex-officio
Dr Kathryn Murphy, Oriel Senior Proctor Ex-officio
Professor David Kirk, Nuffield Junior Proctor Ex-officio
Professor Joseph Conlon, New College Assessor Ex-officio
Dame Helen Ghosh, Master of Balliol College Chair or Vice-Chair of the Conference of Colleges Ex-officio
Charles Alexander, Merton Chair of the Committee of Estate Bursars Ex-officio
Professor Dan Grimley, Merton Head of the Division of Humanities (or nominee) Ex-officio
Professor Sam Howison, Christ Church Head of the Division of MPLS (or nominee) Ex-officio
Professor Gavin Screaton, Clinical Medicine Head of the Division of Medical Sciences (or nominee) Ex-officio
Professor Tim Power, St Antony's Head of the Division of Social Sciences (or nominee) Ex-officio
Professor Diego Sánchez-Ancochea One of five persons appointed by Council from among the members of Council specified in section 4 (15)-(25) of Statute VI MT 2024
Professor Alex Schekochihin MT 2024
Professor Charles Godfray, Balliol  MT 2025
Professor Sir Rory Collins, St John's MT 2023
Fra John Eidinow, Merton MT 2023
Sir Chris Deverell Two external persons appointed by Council each of whom may be members of Council specified in section 4 (7)–(10) of Statute VI MT 2023
Martin Gafsen MT 2024
Dr Nick Brown, Prinical of Linacre Chair of the Buildings and Estates Subcommittee Ex-officio
Anvee Bhutani, President of Oxford SU One student member representative, selected by the Council of the Oxford University Student Union from among the student member representatives on Council Ex-officio
Professor Simon Gilson, Magdalen Co-opted Members MT 2023
Professor Frances Platt, Merton  MT 2025
Professor Marta Kwiatkowska, Trinity MT 2023
Secretary: Planning and Resource Allocation Section (Mr Kristoffer Tiffen)


Attending Officers

Name Position
Gill Aitken Registrar
Dr Saira Shaikh Academic Registrar
Professor David Gann Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Development & Ex Affairs)
Professor Martin Williams Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)
Professor Anne Trefethen Pro-Vice-Chancellor (People & GLAM)
Professor Patrick Grant Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)


Attendees (Other)

Name Position
Kristoffer Tiffen Secretary
Dr Benjamin Neudorfer Assistant Secretary
Antony Willott Director of PACS
Charlotte Taylor Director of Financial Planning and Analysis
Paul Goffin Director of Estate Services
Kirsten Gillingham Director of Finance
Lynne Hirsch Divisional Registrar (Humanities)
Tracy Gale Divisional Registrar (MPLS)
David White Divisional Registrar (SSD)
Chris Price Divisional Registrar (MSD)

All meetings begin at 10.00am and end at 1pm.

The intention to submit a paper to PRAC should be notified to the PRAC secretariat ( at least one week before the deadlines for papers given below.

Michaelmas Term 2022

Week Date Deadline for Papers
1st Tuesday 11 October Wednesday 28 September
5th Tuesday 8 November Wednesday 26 October
10th Tuesday 13 December Wednesday 30 November

Hilary Term 2023

Week Date Deadline for Papers
1st Tuesday 17 January Wednesday 4 January
5th Tuesday 14 February Wednesday 1 February
10th Tuesday 21 March Wednesday 8 March

Trinity Term 2023

Week Date Deadline for Papers
1st Tuesday 25 April Wednesday 12 April
5th Tuesday 23 May Wednesday 10 May
10th Tuesday 27 Jun Wednesday 14 June



For the regulations of the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee, please click here:


Contact us

Kristoffer Tiffen

Planning and Council Secretariat

01865 (2)80756