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University examinations occur throughout the year, and take place Monday to Saturday. The University recognises that the examination timetable might clash with religious observance that restrict work. Consequently, the University seeks to minimise these clashes, where possible, but cannot guarantee that such clashes will not occur. If such clashes occur, it might be possible to make alternative arrangements.

The University policy is that it will consider applications for a religious observance that usually occurs over a restricted period (e.g. Eid ul Fitr, Shavuot, Pesach, Shivaratri, Vaisakhi). It will not consider applications where observance extends over a significant period of time (e.g. Ramadan), where it is normally expected that daily activities (including examinations) will continue as normal; nor will it consider applications for amendment to the examination timetable to enable a student to make a holy visit.

The guide here offers some advice on keeping healthy during Ramadan.

You must submit a completed self-declaration form to the Student Registry, by deadlines given below, countersigned by your College.  This form identifies potential days/dates, which might clash with University exams. The University will make every effort to address any clashes when the examination timetable is drafted. However, constraints placed on the timetable might make this impossible and it may therefore be necessary to make alternative arrangements, which will be discussed with your College.

The deadlines for 2019/2020 are as follows:

University Examination Period Deadline for receipt of form
Lent term 2020 Monday 14 October 2019
Easter term 2020 Monday 4 November 2019
Medical and Veterinary re-sits (September 2020) Monday 8 June 2020