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Support for Staff and Managers

We want to make it as safe and easy as possible for you to bring your whole self to work and be comfortable being who you are in the workplace.

Please click through the headings below to find documents, resources, and information which will help to support you as a member of staff at the University of Exeter.

If you cannot find the information you are looking for in the guidance below, please contact the Chaplaincy or the EDI team. We welcome any questions or feedback.

Staff wishing to request leave for a religious observance should first discuss this with their line manager. It is recommended that managers grant leave requests for religious observance where possible and be mindful of the following when scheduling work tasks or events:

  • Try to avoid planning tasks or events where members of staff may be unable to attend, where possible.
  • Not all religious festivals or holy days will require time off work and staff may wish to continue working where they can, so it is best to be guided by staff requests and consult individuals.
  • The timing of some religious festivals, for example, the Islamic Eid al-Fitr celebration, can be announced at short notice. Managers should be prepared to grant leave in these instances.

There is no dress code for staff or students at the University of Exeter, except where requirements are necessitated by health and safety or professional standards essential to the performance of duties and studies associated with the role.

We welcome the diversity of appearance resulting from individual choices and style, including the wearing of items which reflect particular religious and/or cultural norms.

Where there is a demand for food that meets religious dietary requirements (e.g. halal, kosher, ital), the University will endeavour where possible to supply this demand in consultation with the relevant groups and/or individuals.

If you require support or have any questions about this, please contact the EDI team.

Depending on a staff member’s religion/belief, they may spend some time fasting while working at the University of Exeter. It is recommended that staff members who are fasting inform their line manager so they can be supported at work during the fast. Line managers are advised to treat these conversations confidentially unless the staff member wishes to disclose their fast within the team. If a staff member’s role involves operating heavy machinery, driving or other manual tasks whilst they are fasting, this could have health and safety implications. Please contact the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team if you have any concerns.

For any staff members worried about the impact of fasting on their health while at work, please contact Occupational Health.

For further information, support and useful resources for staff observing the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, please visit the University guidance here

There are a number of private spaces around the University for prayer, reflection, and contemplation.  Click here for information on the Chapels, Muslim Prayer Rooms and Quiet Rooms on the Exeter Campuses.

Please contact the Chaplaincy or the EDI team if you are having difficulties performing prayers or finding suitable locations for private reflection while at work.