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.
Ramadan 2019 dates
This year, Ramadan will start on Sunday 5 May and end with the celebration of Eid-Ul-Fitr around Tuesday 4 June 2019.
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
You 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. Please refer to the University’s guidance on personal circumstances if you miss an exam to participate in collective worship, abstinence or a ritual.
If you're observing Ramadan, it's important that you consider the impact it may have on your studies or placements. You 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.
You can contact Student Support Advisers for advice on any matter that may affect your studies or assessment.
If you have health concerns, please consult your 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 that you get enough sleep.
Prayer rooms and spaces
The University provides prayer rooms and reflective spaces which can be useful during Ramadan.
Support for students
Please don't hesitate to contact the Faith and Spirituality Team at firstname.lastname@example.org if you require further support from a member of staff.
Support for staff
Please read our Ramadan guidance (staff login required), which is there to help you know more about the needs of colleagues and students fasting for Ramadan.