Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and the month when the Holy Qur’an was revealed to the Islamic prophet Muhammad.
Ramadan is a holy month of religious reflection and fasting during Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. During this month Muslims are encouraged to increase their good deeds, from acts of charity and community engagement to increasing good values such as generosity, solidarity, kindness, patience and forgiveness. Fasting means not eating or drinking between the hours of sunrise and sunset.
The dates of Ramadan vary from year to year, currently it falls within Semester Two. You may find that managing your academic commitments while observing Ramadan can be a challenge.
The University recognises religion and belief as a protected characteristic and is aware that fasting may have an impact upon students’ preparation for coursework and revision. Students observing fast alongside academic studies may find the following advice from the NHS helpful.
A range of support is available if you need it.
If you find you would like further advice and support please speak to Student Support. Find out more information about how to book a Student Support Advice Team appointment.
The University’s Chaplaincy and the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team can also provide information regarding resources available to students and people to speak to.
Students can connect with the Muslim community through the Islamic Society at the Students’ Union.
If you find that fasting is affecting your ability to study and prepare for your coursework and assessments, please speak to your Director of Studies, Personal Tutor or the Students’ Union Advice & Representation Centre.
Ramadan and examinations
Although this year Ramadan falls before the revision and assessment period, you may be starting to prepare prior to this. You should familiarise yourself with the University’s guidance on preparing for exams and the Individual Mitigating Circumstances (IMCs) guidance for students. For further advice, please see the Getting Support section above.