Ramadan

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Our students and staff from the Muslim faith will be observing the month of Ramadan over the period 12 April – 11 May 2021. 

Our students and staff from the Muslim faith will be observing the month of Ramadan (a period of fasting) this year over the period 12 April – 11 May 2021. The exact dates (which could vary one day either side) depend on the moon sightings based on the lunar calendar. This year the observance of Ramadan and Eid celebrations may continue to be impacted by Government restrictions in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The restrictions could impact on who is able to take part in daily fasting, working/studying from home arrangements and participation in communal prayers and meals.

We are keen to ensure that Muslim staff and students are supported to observe Ramadan whilst social distancing restrictions are in place. If you are a Muslim staff member or student who is fasting whilst studying or working from home you should ensure that you are taking regular breaks. You may wish to consider taking your lunch break at a different time or shifting the start/finish times of your work day so that you are able to have some down time prior to iftar.

Further advice about how the University supports Muslim staff and students is available on the Ramadan guidance webpages.  The Muslim Council of Britain also has useful COVID-19 guidance for #RamadanAtHome.

A religious festival and events calendar is also available to support academic and wider event planning.