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Senior Invigilator
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: JTR00191

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: Not specified

Job live date: 07/02/2019

Salary: £13.20 per hour or £15.72 for Specials

Employment type: Casual

Department: Student Services

Division: Not specified

Hours per week: Casual

Employment Basis/Type: Casual

The University of Reading (UoR) Examinations team organises over 50,000 candidate sittings per year for approximately 12,000 undergraduate and taught postgraduate students. During the main examinations period (April to June) examinations are held in multiple exam venues across the University's Whiteknights and London Road campuses, including large venues which can seat several hundred candidates. A team of around 200 invigilators is required (consisting of Senior Invigilators, General Invigilators and Special/Complex Arrangement invigilators) to ensure that the examinations run smoothly and that the University’s assessment procedures and regulations are strictly adhered to at all times and in all venues.

Applications are invited from those interested in joining our highly motivated and successful Senior Invigilation team for the 2019 main examination period (April-June), resit period (August-September) and some January examinations. Due to the nature of the work involved, students currently registered on taught postgraduate or undergraduate programmes at the UoR are not eligible to apply.

As a Senior Invigilator you will take the lead on day-to-day provision of professional high-level invigilation services for examination sittings. You will be reliable and punctual, be able to work to set procedures with accuracy, remain calm under pressure and be experienced with working in a team. You will also have excellent interpersonal skills in working with a wide range of staff and students, and experience of handling challenging and emotive situations.

Previous experience of invigilation is essential and all invigilators are required to attend a training session prior to undertaking the role.

You will have:

  1. Knowledge of assessment/examination processes in a higher education or other context.

  2. Demonstrable experience of proactively managing diverse teams of staff in an operational context.

  3. Knowledge of what constitutes good service in relation to examination venue operations and invigilation.

  4. Demonstrable experience of handling confidential information and ensuring appropriate audit trails.

  5. Excellent organisation and time-keeping skills.

  6. A calm and professional manner and ability to work under pressure with a service-led focus.

  7. A strong focus on attention to detail and high quality output.

The engagement and arrangements relating to invigilators are the responsibility of the Examinations team, primarily the Examinations Manager (Operations) and the Examinations Manager (Special Arrangements). The team has eight members of staff and is responsible for the general administration and final marks processing for all undergraduate and postgraduate taught students.

This is an ongoing recruitment campaign with ongoing interviews, interviews will be arranged individually.

The work involves a range of duties including ensuring all materials and documents are set up for the exams, invigilating each examination session, dealing with student queries and processing finished examination scripts. Sessions are normally 4.5 hrs, for which the basic rate of pay is £13.20 per hour (£15.72 for complex arrangements), which is reviewed annually. You will also be entitled to 12.07% of your average weekly hours as annual leave.

Informal contact details

Contact role:

Examinations Manager (Operations)

Contact name:

Nicola Sinclair

Contact email:


The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, is a Stonewall Diversity and Global Diversity Champion, and supports the principles of the Race Equality Charter and Athena SWAN.  Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates who do not already have permission to work in the UK should note that this role is not recognised as a graduate level job by UK Visas and Immigration and the Tier 2 sponsorship route is not available for non-graduate level occupations. There is further information about this on the UK Visas and Immigration Website.



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