Supporting invigilator

The Exams Office at the University of Birmingham recruits Supporting Invigilators to assist in the invigilation of exams during the University’s centrally-managed examination periods on an annual basis. This is primarily for the University's Main Summer examination period (May-June 2020).  Those that work in the Main Summer will also be invited to work during the University's Supplementary Examination period (August 2020). 

Exam period dates

Main Summer exams

The University’s 2019/20 Main Summer examination period runs from 04 May to 05 June 2020, excluding Sundays and UK public holidays.

In order to apply, you will need to be available for at least ten working days during the main summer examination period. 


Supplementary exams

Only Invigilators who work during the Main Summer exam period may be asked to work during the Supplementary exam period.

The supplementary examination period runs from 17 August to 29 August 2020, excluding weekends and UK public holidays.

Who can apply?

This role is open to part-time staff at the University, postgraduate research students and all external candidates. Postgraduate Research students will need to supply their Worklink ID card. 

Undergraduate students and students on postgraduate taught programmes unfortunately cannot apply for this role.

Supporting Invigilator role

Main Duties

All Supporting Invigilators are responsible for facilitating the smooth running of examinations and are responsible to the Senior Invigilator.

Main duties include:

  • Working as part of a team to prepare the examination venue to ensure that all exainations start promptly. This will include laying out examination attendance slips, answer books, question papers, and any other necessary materials according to a seating plan.
  • Working as part of a team to invigilate the exam. This will include the checking and reconciliation of attendance slips, conducting random checks of student ID, accompanying students to the toilet, and handing out any additional examination materials that are needed. This may also include dealing with any examination incidents or irregularities that arise.
  • Working as part of a team to collate examination answer booklets and other materials at the end of the exam in a timely, accurate, and efficient way.

Please see the job description for further information:

Job description (PDF-93KB)

Person Specification


  • Previous experience of working in an educational setting
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • The ability to work independently but also the judgment to seek advice when necessary
  • The ability to remain calm under pressure
  • The ability to deal with challenging situations in a sensitive, yet firm manner
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent reliability

Rate of pay

Rate of pay is £10.64 per hour (including holiday pay) for 2019/20

Invigilator training

It is mandatory for all supporting invigilators to attend a training sessions prior to the University’s Main Summer exam period.

How to apply

Applications for the Main Summer Exam period 2019/20 will open in November/December.

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