Statutes and Ordinances of the University of Cambridge
pp. 254–255


Amended by Grace 4 of 7 June 2017

Appointment procedure.

1. Examiners, Chairs of Examiners, and Assessors shall be appointed in accordance with the provisions of Regulations 2–3 below, provided always that the General Board shall have power, after consulting the Faculty Board or other authority concerned, and subject to the provisions of Statute B III 1, to authorize an alternative procedure, or to vary the timetable set out in Regulation 3, in the case of a particular examination.

Nomination and appointment.

2. Examiners and Assessors for the examinations specified in the Schedule to these regulations shall be appointed by the General Board on the nomination of the body specified in the special regulations for each examination. For each board of Examiners the General Board shall also appoint, on the nomination of the same body, a resident member of the Regent House as Chair of Examiners.


3. Nominations shall be made in accordance with the following timetable:

Chairs of Examiners and Senior Examiners: not later than the first day of the Michaelmas Term in the academical year in which the examination is to be held.

Other Examiners: not later than the division of the Michaelmas Term in the academical year in which the examination is to be held.

Assessors: not later than four weeks before the beginning of the examination concerned.

Late appointments.

4. If it is necessary from whatever cause for an Examiner or Assessor to be nominated after the normal date, the General Board or (if the nomination cannot be considered by the General Board without undue delay) the Secretary of the General Board or a deputy appointed by the Secretary shall have power, on the recommendation of the Chair of Examiners, to approve such a nomination and to make the appointment.

5. The Chair of Examiners shall call such meetings as may be necessary for considering the papers proposed to be set and settling them in common, and for drawing up the list of successful candidates, and generally shall see that the regulations for the examination are observed.


6. In an equality of votes a Chair of Examiners shall have a second or casting vote.

Scheme for Examiners.

7. Each body of Examiners shall draw up, and the Chair of Examiners shall send to the Secretary of the Board of Examinations, a scheme showing which of the Examiners is to attend at the beginning of each session with which they are concerned.

8. Except as may be provided otherwise in the regulations for a particular examination, in a year in which a candidate for any examination (‘Examination A’) offers a paper from another examination (‘Examination B’), any Examiner or Assessor responsible for that paper in Examination B shall act as Assessor to the Examiners for Examination A and shall advise them on the candidate's performance; provided that, if no candidate for Examination B has entered for that paper, the body responsible for nominating Examiners for Examination B shall nominate for appointment in the Lent Term an Assessor or Assessors to set the paper and advise the Examiners for Examination A on the performance of the candidate. Assessors so acting or appointed under this regulation may be summoned to meetings of the Examiners for the purpose of consultation and advice, but shall not be entitled to vote.

9. The duty to examine students which is imposed by Statute C I 4 on every University officer specified in the Schedule to Special Ordinance C (i) 1 shall be restricted to the examining of candidates for any of the degrees of Master of Advanced Study, 〈Accounting,〉1 Business Administration, Engineering, Finance, Law, Corporate Law, Mathematics, Music, Natural Sciences, Philosophy, and Research, or Bachelor of Arts, Medicine, Music, Surgery, and Veterinary Medicine, or for any Certificate or Diploma of the University listed in the Table of Fees under University Composition Fees.


  1. (a)Preliminary and Qualifying Examinations.
  2. (b)Honours Examinations.
  3. (c)The examinations for the degrees of LL.M., M.C.L., M.B.A., M.Ed., M.Fin., M.B., B.Chir., Vet.M.B., and Mus.B.
  4. (d)Examinations for all Diplomas except those in International Law and Legal Studies.
  5. (e)The examination for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education.
  6. (f)The Examination in Law for European students.
  7. (g)The Qualifying Examination in Theology for Ministry, and the First and Second Examinations for the degree of B.Th.


  1. 1. The degree in angular brackets will be inserted with effect from 1 October 2018.a