Student Employment

The University is committed to providing part time work to our students, helping them earn as they learn while also developing employability skills which will enhance their future career prospects. Please see specific guidance for recruiting Tier 4 students below.

Students are only permitted to work up to 20 hours per week in term time or on a full-time basis during their vacation periods. Please note that vacation periods are different for undergraduate and postgraduate students and can be checked at Part-time students are eligible to work full time throughout the year.

It is expected that students will be paid for all work undertaken within the University, this includes all work experience, placements and internships, at one of the agreed student pay rates. 

Recruiting Units are responsible for ensuring that a UKVI right to work check is undertaken and documented in advance of any work being offered or undertaken. This applies to all workers, including international students.

Guidance is available from the HR website:

Tier 4 (General) Students

To safeguard against accidental breaches of their visa conditions, International students studying on a Tier 4 (General) student visa may only work via one of three distinct routes within Newcastle University at any one time:

  • Under a regular contract of employment (processed by HR)
  • Through JobsOC via a Casual Workers Arrangement (processed by the Careers Service)
  • As Teaching & Demonstrating staff in one academic unit at a time via a Casual Workers Arrangement (processed by Payroll)

Please note that Tier 4 (General) students cannot be paid via fees form.

Tier 4 (General) students cannot work for more hours than their visa conditions allow during term-time. The maximum number of hours per week is either 10 or 20 hours in term time (depending on the study programme). Term dates differ for undergraduate and postgraduate taught and research courses. 

For additional information read the Tier 4 Student Employment: Process Guide (PDF, 183KB) and Student Employee Search Managers Desktop Guidance (PDF,167KB)

Any queries in relation to this procedure should be directed to

Options for recruiting students

  • Jobs On Campus (JobsOC)  A recruitment service for temporary and casual student workers and funded student internships.
  • Student Teaching and Demonstrating staff
  • Direct Student Recruitment - Departments wishing to recruit students to undertake casual or temporary work directly should ideally be engaged via a Casual Workers Arrangement letter, given a Schedule of Work in relation to their role and paid via a Monthly Hours Return form. Please note that you cannot recruit Tier 4 (General) students in this way.