Ramadan Mubarak to all our students and staff who are taking part!
Ramadan is most known for being a month of fasting from sunrise to sunset, but there is so much more to it! It traditionally involves many celebrations, prayers and night-time feasts, but is also about charity and practising patience and kindness.
Ramadan is based on the lunar calendar, which means the dates change every year. This year, it overlaps with exams, so if you are worried about balancing fasting and studying, check out Heriot-Watt Muslim Society’s guide for top tips!
If you are not Muslim but want to support your friends, the best way is to organise virtual study dates to help them stay motivated, but let them choose the times as their sleep schedule and/or caffeine intake might be different during this time!
Are you fasting this year?
The University is aware that exams have always run during Ramadan (sometimes with exams close together), and that students who observe Ramadan are fasting during this time. We want to let you know that there is support available: The University Imam is experienced in offering advice to students during this time (e.g., how to adapt prayer times), and our Student Wellbeing teams are also experienced in helping students prepare to sit exams during a period of fasting. This year, as most exams will be 24-hour take-home exams, students will have more control over when exactly they complete the exam, and how they organize their time so that they can have the needed breaks.
You can contact the University Imam here
Muslim Worship - Heriot-Watt University (hw.ac.uk)
And you can contact wellbeing here
Student Wellbeing Services - Heriot-Watt University (hw.ac.uk)