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 the Semester Two revision/assessment period. 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’ revision and preparation for and during exams. Students observing fast prior and during an examination period may find the following advice from the NHS helpful.
During the current circumstances due to Covid-19 there may be challenges that are different to other years. Support is available if you need it.
If you find you would like further advice and support please speak to Student Services. We have Wellbeing Advisers on duty every day. You can contact them by email and they will arrange phone or video support sessions.
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 exams or that an exam was affected, please speak to your Director of Studies, Personal Tutor or the Students’ Union Advice & Representation Centre.
Ramadan and examinations
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.