Changes to bank holidays and University closure days in academic year 2019/20

August 13th, 2019

The pattern of bank holidays and University closure days has changed for the academic year September 2019 to August 2020. Colleagues who work part time should note that this could affect their bank holiday leave calculations, depending on their usual working days. 

The early May bank holiday has been moved to Friday 8 May 2020. This is part of a national celebration marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day, announced by the government in June. 

The University will not close on the Tuesday after Easter Monday 2020. This closure day has been moved to the Christmas period, when the University will be closed from Monday 23 December 2019, reopening on Thursday 2 January 2020. This follows the usual pattern for the allocation of the University closure days. When Christmas Day falls on a Wednesday, all five closure days are scheduled over the Christmas period. This last happened during the 2013/14 academic year.

All University closure dates for the 2019/20 academic year are listed on the Key Dates pages of the website. The bank holiday leave calculator is available on the HR website

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