Information Services

Online Invigilation

This page provides advice and guidance from IS for users considering online invigilation.

What is online Invigilation?

Online Invigilation allows users to participate in an online exam in a location which is convenient for them. 

Online Invigilation only facilitates the invigilation aspect of an exam and does not include the online assessment software. For information and advice regarding online assessment please visit the following webpage:

The Online Remote Examinations and Assessment (OREA) working group was set up in Summer 2020 to make recommendations in the light of the ‘hybrid approach’ and the move to almost entirely online assessment in the University.  Part of the OREA group included a strand regarding online invigilation which concluded:

  • use of online invigilation should not be mainstreamed. However, the option of online invigilation should be retained for use where there is a clearly defined need.

Since publication of the OREA report IS conducted a market review and ran a pilot in the academic year 2021-2022 using the online invigilation platform Examity.  The purpose of the pilot was to:

  • Create an academic led governance structure to review and approve requests for use of online invigilation for assessments
  • Technical implementation of Examity (via the VLE)
  • Better understand the demand across the institution
  • Recommend next steps

The pilot recieved no requests from any school and has now ended. The recommendation from the governance group was not to proceed with an online invigilation service. IS will produce a report which will be available on this webpage.