There is no automatic right to time off for religious obligations, but the University will try to make reasonable adjustments wherever it can. It is your responsibility to contact your course leader as soon as possible if there is a conflict. The University faith adviser can help and advise.
The University has had a long-standing commitment to respond appropriately to the needs presented by its different faith communities. It has recently introduced a trial policy that allows a student, whose scheduled examination timetable conflicts with the requirements of their religious belief, to follow the mitigating circumstances procedures and submit a request to defer their examination to the next available opportunity.
As part of our on-going work to support students, the University faith adviser has consulted with the team of faith advisers and assembled a list of recognised solemn holy days and religious festivals (PDF) that form the basis for assessing requests for mitigating circumstances on the grounds of religious observance.
The University also encourages staff, where possible, not to hold mandatory field trips on these solemn holy days and festivals in order that such conflicts may be avoided.
Information or guidance around religion or belief in the context of examinations may be obtained from the University faith adviser.