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Religion or belief (including no belief)

The Equality Act protects everyone with a religion or belief (including people with no religion or belief).

At The University of Manchester we concentrate on the six major faith groups - although we recognise there are many other beliefs and religions. 

We can understand more about the diversity of beliefs on campus from the last census:


Religion/Belief Manchester UK
Christian 62.4% 71.7%
No Religion/Belief 16% 14.6%
Muslim 9.1% 3.1%
Hindu 0.7% 1.1%
Sikh 0.4% 0.7%
Jewish 0.8% 0.5%
Buddhist 0.5% 0.3%
Other 0.3% 0.3%


Guidance & Policies

We have a number of pieces of useful guidance with regards to religion and belief:

The Policy on religious observance and guidance for students is also available:

During the coming years there may be some impact on exams for our Muslim colleagues because of how Ramadan falls.  To assist we have produced this handy factsheet:

Some additional guidance for healthcare students on Placement is also available:

We have also produced an Interfaith Diary which is useful for work and exam scheduling:

The University's Diversity Calendar

The Equality Diversity and Inclusion Team produce a diversity calendar each year.  This helps people when scheduling particular events and meetings as it lists all the major festivals and religious holidays for the main 6 religions and beliefs.  The calendar can be viewed here, or you can request a copy from the equality, diversity and inclusion team.

As part of the activities for the calendar we have produced a number of handy factsheets for different religions and beliefs:

2010: Muslim (2013 version)     2011: Judaism     2012: Christianity     2013: Hinduism

2014: Sikhism     2015: Buddhism     2016: No Belief     2017: Muslim (2018 version)

2018: Judaism (2018 version)

There are other resources and information available:

If you would like any further information on this or any other equality issue please contact the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team