Bank Holidays and Closure Days


Full-time members of staff are entitled to eight bank holidays (also known as public holidays) and six University closure days. Two of the closure days are usually taken around the Easter weekend, and the remaining four as part of the Christmas and New Year break.

The entitlement for staff working part-time, and those with a non-standard working pattern, is pro-rated, and can be calculated using our on-line calculation tool (see additional information).  Please email, or telephone the HR Advice Line on (0116) 252 2439, if you need more information.

Dates for 2018

New Year

Monday 1 January


Thursday 29 March

Friday 30 March

Monday 2 April

Tuesday 3 April

May Day

Monday 7 May

Spring Bank

Monday 28 May


Monday 27 August


Monday 24 December

Tuesday 25 December

Wednesday 26 December

Thursday 27 December

Friday 28 December

Monday 31 December

Note: Tuesday 1 January 2019 is a bank holiday, meaning the University will reopen on Wednesday 2 January 2019.calendar2018-v1

Dates for 2019

New Year

Tuesday 1, January


Thursday, 18 April

Friday, 19 April

Monday, 22 April

Tuesday, 23 April 

May Day

Monday, 6 May

Spring Bank

Monday, 27 May 


Monday, 26 August


Monday, 23 December*

Tuesday, 24 December

Wednesday, 25 December

Thursday, 26 December

Friday, 27 December

Monday, 30 December

Monday, 31 December

* This is an additional closure day for 2019 only.

Note: Wednesday, 1 January, 2020 is a bank holiday, meaning the University will reopen on Thursday, 2 January, 2020.


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