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 2023 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 James Naismith, Jesus 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 2024
Professor Patricia Daley, Jesus MT 2025
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 HT 2027
Vanessa Howlison MT 2027
Dr Nick Brown, Prinical of Linacre Chair of the Buildings and Estates Subcommittee Ex-officio
Danial Hussain, 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 Michael Bonsall, St Peters Co-opted Members MT 2025
Professor Frances Platt, Merton  MT 2025
TBC MT 2025
Secretary: Planning and Resource Allocation Section (Mr Kristoffer Tiffen)


Attending Officers

Name Position
Gill Aitken Registrar
Dr Saira Shaikh Academic Registrar
Professor Martin Williams Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)
Professor Anne Trefethen Pro-Vice-Chancellor (People & Digital)
Professor Patrick Grant Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Simon Boddie Chief Financial Officer


Attendees (Other)

Name Position
Kristoffer Tiffen Secretary
Antony Willott Director of PACS
Charlotte Taylor Director of Financial Planning and Analysis
Alexander Vincent  Divisional Registrar (Humanities)
Tracy Gale Divisional Registrar (MPLS)
David White Divisional Registrar (SSD)
Chris Price Divisional Registrar (MSD)
Richard Ovenden Head of Gardens, Libraries, & Museums (GLAM)
Professor Matthew Weait Director of the Department for Continuing Education
Paul Goffin Director of Estate Services

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 2023

Week Date Deadline for Papers
1st Tuesday 10 October Thursday 28 September
5th Tuesday 7 November Thursday 26 October
10th Tuesday 12 December Thursday 30 November

Hilary Term 2024

Week Date Deadline for Papers
1st Tuesday 16 January Thursday 4 January
5th Tuesday 13 February Thursday 1 February
10th Tuesday 19 March Thursday 7 March

Trinity Term 2024

Week Date Deadline for Papers
1st Tuesday 23 April Thursday 11 April
5th Tuesday 21 May Thursday 9 May
10th Tuesday 25 Jun Thursday 13 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