The University acknowledges that at times there may be some overlap between periods of religious observance/celebrations and examinations. This year, Ramadan is scheduled to run from 6 May to 4 June and, as such, part of it will take place in the summer exam period, which runs from 15 May to 5 June 2019.
For those students who may be affected by this (or any future similar overlap), the University provides advice and guidance which can be found on the Teaching and Learning Support Office (TLSO) website.
Given that it is known well in advance the approximate dates when Ramadan will take place, the University does not accept Ramadan as a mitigating circumstance in the context of examinations. Students who believed that Ramadan would cause them to miss an examination should have filled in the Examination and Religious Observance Form and returned it by 15 February 2019.
Notwithstanding the above, should you believe that you meet the grounds for mitigation as set out in the University’s Policy on Mitigating Circumstances*, you can make a mitigating circumstances application to your School. Please refer to your Programme Handbook for detailed programme specific information about how mitigating circumstances may be addressed and follow the information therein on how to apply, using the specified procedures.
*The Policy on Mitigating Circumstances can be used in cases where the effects of strict religious observance (e.g. fainting during an examination, as a result of fasting) have a detrimental effect on a student’s performance at an examination; the act of religious observance itself cannot be accepted as a grounds for mitigation.
The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion office provides information and advice on religion and belief, which includes guidance entitled Ramadan FAQ which provides useful information for students on healthily managing any overlap between Ramadan and exam periods.