Religious observance and assessments

If you're unable to attend assessments on Sabbaths, holy days or religious festivals, find out how to notify the Assessment & Progress Team and what arrangements can be put in place.

Please note, due to the Coronavirus rules the University of Leeds will not be organising any sit-down assessments on campus in January 2021.  There is an expectation that most assessment will be online for the 2020/21 academic year (ie digital and electronic submission).  Please liaise with your school in regard to how the modules will be assessed. 


If you are unable to attend assessments on Sabbaths, holy days or religious festivals (including Eid celebrations), please tell the Assessment & Progress Team by completing the Notification of religious commitments form by:

  • Friday 23 October 2020 (for January 2021 assessment period)
  • Friday 19 February 2021 (for May 2021 and May/June 2021 assessment periods)
  • Wednesday 28 July 2021 (for August 2021 re-assessment and September 2021 assessment periods) 

After these dates, it will be more difficult to take into account your requests as we will have started compiling the assessment timetable.

Please include on the form all the dates during assessment periods which affect you (including weekends).

The University will make every effort to avoid arranging assessments on a Sabbath or holy day and to schedule assessments during Ramadan and Eid celebrations in the morning for those students who have let us know their preferences (see the section on Ramadan below). However, sometimes we may need to hold assessments on such days or in the afternoon/later part of the day if no alternative time is possible.


In 2021 the month of Ramadan falls from 12 April to 11 May. Eight days of this month coincide with the University’s early May assessment period for some Taught Postgraduate students (03-11 May).

The large number of University assessments and the assessment timetable makes it difficult to avoid an overlap with Ramadan. However, it may be possible to arrange assessments in the morning for those candidates who are observing Ramadan and who have this preference.  

If you wish the University to arrange your assessments, that fall between 03 and 11 May, in the morning, then please include this on the Notification of religious commitments form and submit it by Friday 19 February 2021.

Further information relating to Ramadan can be found on the Support and Wellbeing web site.