Religious observance

Our institutional timetable is set to accommodate religious observance where possible. Sometimes issues feel or become more complex at an individual school or service level.

What students need to do 

Students who, for religious reasons, are unable to carry out their university work on a Sabbath or a holy day must advise their school(s) immediately.  

Where a student's religious commitments prevent them from taking exams on certain days during University exam periods, they must also give notice to the Exams Team by completing the Notification of religious commitments form by the last Friday in October for January exams and by the end of Week 4 of teaching in semester 2 for May/June exams.

Where exemption is approved, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure they have covered all work from classes that they have missed.

The University will make every effort to avoid arranging exams on a Sabbath or holy day for those students who have informed the Exams Team as required. The University, however, reserves the right to hold exams on such days if no alternative time is convenient. 

Further guidance

The Equality Policy Unit provides guidance for staff and students on flexibility on grounds of religion or belief (PDF) to enable staff to respond in a way which is non-discriminatory. The document offers practical suggestions for handling such requests.