Student administration
  1. Exams
  2. Fees and finance
  1. Special Arrangements
  2. Religious Observance
Student administration

Religious Observance

There may be times during examination periods when the observance of your faith requires you to be absent from the University at specific dates/times. This may conflict with the dates and times of examinations. In cases such as these the University will, wherever practicable, make alternative arrangements for you to sit the examination. You must apply for special arrangements to be made in these circumstances.

This information relates to examinations periods only. Where religious observance prevents you from attending teaching, in-semester tests, other assessments or activities you should speak to your Course Officer as soon as you become aware of the conflict.

Application Procedure

If you need to make a request for alternative assessment arrangements on the grounds of religious observance, you should do so as soon as you become aware that your exam(s) will be affected by your religious observance needs. This should be at least 3 weeks before the start of the affected exam period.

You should:

  • Request a supporting letter from the faith leader of the community with which you practice. Note that the University Chaplaincy Team is not able to provide this letter.
  • Download and complete electronically the Religious Observance Arrangements Form.
  • Submit the form and accompanying letter to the Chaplaincy for review at least 3 weeks before the start of the exam period.

You will need to apply for each exam period which will be affected. The Exams Office will make every attempt to accommodate your requirements wherever possible. You will be contacted directly to be advised of the arrangements.

Where it is possible to arrange for you to sit the examination at an alternative time you will be required to sign a Confidentiality Agreement and you will sit your exam along with other students for whom special arrangements have been made.


In 2019 Ramadan takes place during the May examination period. In order to support students who will be fasting we have found some useful information on eating and staying well during Ramadan. The Ramadan Health Guide is produced by Communities in Action and the City Chaplaincy team is available for any questions you might have.