Ramadan at UWE Bristol

Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the Pillars of Islam and is an important annual feature of the life of Muslim students at the University.

We recognise that the spiritual and moral systems that religions and beliefs offer can often be of fundamental importance to the wellbeing of students and that religious rituals, such as dress, diet and prayer, can be an integral part of religious life.

This year, Ramadan started on Saturday 27 May 2017 and ended with the celebration of Eid-Ul-Fitr around Sunday 25 June 2017. When Ramadan falls during the summer months, the fast can last for as many as 16 or more hours a day, which can be particularly demanding, especially during hot weather.

Ramadan and your studies

Students will often find that Ramadan coincides with assessments, examinations and placements, including resits and retakes. Managing these commitments while observing Ramadan can be a challenge. However, Ramadan, of itself, is not considered by the University to be a legitimate extenuating circumstance or reason for claiming mitigating circumstances for assessments.

It is important that students observing Ramadan consider the impact it may have on their studies or placements. Students will need to:

  • plan coursework and revision so that it is completed in good time
  • arrange to pray either before or after an examination when necessary
  • investigate in advance the policies, practices and facilities of organisations hosting a placement.

Our Faith and Spirituality Team can advise students on how best to manage their religious commitments during this period. Students can also contact Student Support Advisers for advice on any matter that may affect their studies or assessment.

Staying healthy

Any student with health concerns should consult their General Practitioner before fasting. Some of the following advice may be helpful:

  • Plan your schedule and meals in advance.
  • Make sure you get the nutrients, hydration and rest you need.
  • At the morning meal, focus on eating foods that are rich in complex carbohydrates and protein, fruit and vegetables, and plenty of water.
  • When it is hot, stay indoors or in the shade and limit physical activity, resting if possible.
  • Break the fast by increasing your fluid and sugar levels slowly.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced evening meal with plenty of water. Eat fruit and nuts rather than sugary food.
  • A short walk in the early evening may be reviving.
  • Ensure you get enough sleep.

Further information

Students

We provide prayer rooms and reflective spaces which can be useful during Ramadan.

Please do not hesitate to email faith@uwe.ac.uk if you require further support from a member of staff. You may also wish to contact The Students’ Union at UWE Bristol or our Islamic Society (ISoc) for support.

Staff

Additional advice for UWE Bristol staff is available via the Ramadan fact sheet (staff access only).

We wish all our Muslim students Ramadan Mubarak.

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