Religious observance and exams

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

HOLY DAYS OR RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS

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

  • Friday 25 October 2019 (for semester 1 exams)
  • Friday 21 February 2020 (for semester 2 exams)
  • Wednesday 15 July 2020 (for August resits) 

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

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

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

RAMADAN 

In 2020, the month of Ramadan falls from 23 April to 23 May. Six days of this month coincide with the University’s semester 2 exam period (18-23 May).

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

If you wish the University to arrange your exams that fall between 18 and 23 May in the morning, then please complete and submit the Notification of religious commitments form by Friday 21 February 2020.

EID CELEBRATIONS 

If you wish the University to arrange your exams, that fall during the Eid celebrations, in the morning, then please complete and submit the Notification of religious commitments form by Friday 21 February 2020.  

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

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