How does the University support Muslim staff and students?

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.

Please note that access to the Islamic prayer areas referenced below will be restricted according to current public health guidance. Check the most up to date information about opening of prayer, contemplation and faith-based spaces on campus and the health and safety measures in place. 

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 iftarThe Muslim Council of Britain have provided tips for working and studying from home during Ramadan and COVID-19 Guidance for Muslim Communities.


The University has many Muslim students and staff. We are very keen to provide a safe and inclusive environment, and facilities and arrangements to ensure that they are able to observe Ramadan alongside their studying, working and living on campus. The arrangements we have in place include the following:

  • Find out more about the Ramadan 2021 programme available for students and staff on campus, including food provision, access to prayer spaces and extended hours.
  • Students can request alternative exam arrangements and the Exams team will make every effort to meet these preferences. To make a request specifying your preference for exam times that fall during Ramadan and Eid, please complete and submit the notification of religious commitments form by Friday 19 February 2021.
  • There are two main Islamic prayer areas: the Green Room (located beside the Edge Sports Centre) and Cemetery Lodge (adjacent to the Faculty of Engineering buildings).  Access to the Green Room and Cemetery Lodge is controlled by key codes and these can be requested from equality@leeds.ac.uk. Check the most up to date information about opening of prayer, contemplation and faith-based spaces on campus and the health and safety measures in place.
  • The University’s Chaplaincy Team offers support to staff and students.
  • The University’s Muslim Student Adviser, Farhat Yaqoob, offers information, advice, guidance and support. She can be contacted on 0771 370 7857 or f.yaqoob@leeds.ac.uk.
  • Facilities and services are available nearby at the Grand Mosque in Leeds.
  • Advice, support and guidance is also available to managers, staff and students from the Equality & Inclusion Unit on 0113 343 6973 or at equality@leeds.ac.uk