Invigilator recruitment

Each year we run over 40,000 sittings, invigilators are vital to the smooth running of exam rooms

LSE Exams take place in early January and throughout May and June. Each year the Exams and Course Selection Team runs over 40,000 exam sittings. 

To assist with this work the Exams Team employs a large number of invigilators.  

The January exams will take place between Monday 13 - Friday 17 January 2020 inclusive. Exams will be scheduled with two sessions per day starting at either 10am or 2:30pm.

What we're looking for

Invigilators are vital to the smooth running of exam rooms. 

We are always looking for invigilators who:

  • can exercise good judgement
  • have excellent attention to detail
  • enjoy working as part of a team
  • have a flexible attitude to work and hours
  • are able to work within identified procedures
  • can relate to students
  • can keep calm under pressure
  • possess excellent communication skills

How to apply (applications for January 2020 are now closed)

Invigilator applications for the January 2020 exam period are now closed.

Regrettably we are unable to accept any late applications.

Types of roles

There are three different types of invigilators at LSE: 

Assistant Invigilators
These roles assist the Senior Invigilator by remaining alert to candidates’ needs and possible instances of academic misconduct. Other duties can include liaison with the Exams Team, distribution of materials and escorting students around the building.

Senior Invigilators
Senior Invigilators co-ordinate the exam rooms and the team of Assistant Invigilators assigned to that room. They are responsible for the smooth operation of the exam, and in particular liaison with the Exams Team. Senior Invigilators ensure that candidates are given the correct materials and that an accurate register is taken. Senior Invigilators are also responsible for logging all activity within the exam room and, if needed, completing Alleged Academic Misconduct Report Forms.

Individual Exam Adjustment Invigilators
Individual Exam Adjustment (IEA) Invigilators work in rooms for students who have been granted IEAs. IEAs may include the use of a computer, rest breaks, extra time, special furniture, a scribe and/or a reader. IEA Invigilators are responsible for administering these adjustments alongside remaining alert to candidates' needs and possible instances of academic misconduct.


In all cases invigilators are paid for:

  • Training undertaken prior to the exam season
  • One hour prior to the exam for set-up
  • The duration of the exam (including any reading time)
  • 15 minutes after the exam

For IEA Invigilators, we may require extra time. In these cases you will always be paid for this additional time.

Payment is made at the end of the month following the exam season, not on a monthly basis. 

I'm a student at LSE. Can I invigilate?

Research students at LSE are encouraged to apply to be either Assistant or IEA Invigilators providing you are not due to sit any exams in the same session.

If you are studying with a Tier 4 visa it is your responsibility to ensure that you do not work more than 20 hours a week in total (either just as an Invigilator or combined with any other jobs).

Undergraduate and taught postgraduate students cannot be invigilators.


All invigilators must undertake compulsory training/selection sessions each year as required.

This training provides essential information about the role of exam invigilators and the running of exams at the LSE including information, for example, on the day to day operation of exam rooms, how to deal with students who are in distress or who may have committed academic misconduct.

Availability and shift allocation

Whilst we will consider all applications, our preference is for candidates who are reliably available throughout the whole exam period. We do understand though that people may have other commitments and we will always do our best to work round these. 

We aim to allocate shifts as far in advance as possible and will always try our best to give you the pattern and quantity that you have requested. In particular, we will try our best to allocate full days of work (rather than half-days) when this has been requested. 

Please do bear in mind however that our preference has to be the quality of the experience for students at all times. 



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