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Religious Observance

If you are unable to sit an exam on a particular date because of religious observance (for example, the Sabbath), you must notify your academic department and the Examinations Team of your preferences by complete the Religious Observance Form. The deadline for the 2020-21 academic year is Friday 5th February 2021.

Please note, the University will make every reasonable effort to avoid times/dates in your request. However, due to timetabling constraints this may not always be possible. In these instances, you may wish to ask your academic department to see if they can make any alternative arrangements for you.


In connection with Ramadan, where this overlaps with the University's Summer Term examination period, the University's Board of Undergraduate Studies, at its meeting on 10th February 2015, resolved that students be provided with the following statement of advice:

It has been suggested that Muslim students undertaking the Ramadan fast may not be best placed to take examinations, perhaps especially in the afternoons, and the University’s Board of Undergraduate Studies, following consultation with the University Muslim Chaplain, has considered what advice should be given on the issue.

Students are reminded that presenting themselves for a University examination is taken to imply fitness to undertake the examination. If, however, a student feels that observance of the Ramadan fast has had a significant adverse health effect on their examination performance and can provide confirmatory medical evidence, they may request that this be considered as potential special evidence by the relevant Board of Examiners (in the same way as for claims of other special factors), should their academic performance be borderline and/or be significantly below the expected level for that student on the basis of their overall academic record at the University.

In this case, a student must notify the Board of Examiners in accordance with their department’s instructions regarding the notification of mitigating circumstances.

Consideration of this evidence and the determination of any consequence it may have for the student’s academic results will then be a matter for the Board of Examiners.