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Celebrating the month of Ramadan

This year Ramadan begins around the 29th June 2014, and ends around the 28th July 2014. As the Muslim calendar is lunar, regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays. Eid ul-Fitr, a 3-day festival marking the end of Ramadan, will then be celebrated at the end of July.

Ramadan is the Muslim month of fasting, whereby many Muslims (except children, the sick and the elderly) abstain from food, drink and certain other activities during daylight hours. Ramadan is considered to be the holiest season in the Islamic year and commemorates the time when the Qu’ran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.

Fasting enables Muslims to practice self-discipline, sacrifice and sympathy for those who are less fortunate. As such, they obtain a raised level of closeness to God by directing the heart away from worldly activities and cleansing the inner soul.

For colleagues who work with individuals who are Muslim, more information can be found in our Ramadan Guidance.

Harmonisation of hours

35From 1 August 2014, the University will be harmonising its standard working week at 35 hours. Grades 1 and 2 previously had a working week of 37 hours, and this move benefits over 460 staff working in roles at Grades 1 and 2, and will mean that the minimum hourly rate paid by the University is £7.65.

More information about the harmonisation of hours

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