LUU should work with the UoL to better consider religious holidays in relation to examination timetabling and training

Passed: March 2020 (17th)

What do you want? / Why do you want it?

I am proposing that the University should take a better account when deciding when assessment week should take place, as well as what assessments should be, and whether they clash with religious events such as Ramadan. This idea stems from the fact that Muslims in my cohort will have to do a 30 minute oral presentation during this period; the fact that fasting during the blessed period is compulsory means Muslim students will not be able to drink can be seen as a hinderance.

I believe that the University should ensure that different schools should at least be aware of what fasting actually entails, why the period is so important to Muslims and how it can affect our overall performance in exams. I also believe that the University should take other religious events into consideration and should at least try to prevent assessments clashing with them. I am aware that it is possible to apply for mitigating circumstances for religious holidays, however, this option is poorly advertised and can be a disadvantage to such students.

Expires: March 2023 (17th)

Submitted By: Yasmin Khanagha

Officer: Education / Equality & Diversity / International

Area of Work: Access to Education

Updates

November 2020: Unfortunately there are still no major updates on this. Due to the second lockdown, timetabling and exam services are completely focused on COVID and examination plans for courses in light of it.

June 2020: Unfortunately there are no major updates to this work over the summer as a result of lots of LUU staff being furloughed (ongoing), as well as the LUU building and campus being closed. As staff return to work and the new Officer team settle into their roles this will be picked up again.

April 2020: Proposer and Advice Team continue to discuss - the University do already ask students to contact them with notice of any religious holidays or clashes with exams and attempt to limit exam interference, but get very few responses. Challenge to the Uni is for them to offer best practice for Uni's across the country. New Head of Equalities is currently being recruited.

March 2020: New Policy - the proposer has already met with LUU's Advice Team, alongside the Political engagement Team, to discuss.