Coronavirus update

2020 Awards Ceremonies postponed

All the 2020 Awards Ceremonies have been postponed due to coronavirus. These terms and conditions relate to attending a Awards Ceremony in person.


Please read these terms carefully as your registration, and/or purchase of guest tickets, for your Awards Ceremony constitutes your acceptance of these terms.

Closeup of graduand holding a bunch of flowers at an Awards Ceremony.

Terms and conditions

Access requirements

It is your responsibility to inform us if either you or one of your guests has an access requirement. If you fail to do so before the registration deadline we cannot guarantee that the appropriate arrangements can be put in place in time for your Awards Ceremony.

Cancellations and refunds

It is possible for you to cancel your registration and guest tickets before the registration deadline. After the registration deadline, we are unable to refund you for your guest tickets, except in exceptional circumstances.

2020 update: The University is closely monitoring the developments with the coronavirus outbreak, and will be following government advice, especially in regards to proceeding with large public gatherings. This is a reminder that in the event of cancellation, the University does not accept liability for any costs/expenses incurred by those due to attend the ceremony.


If one of your guests is bringing a child who is three years of age or under the child can attend the ceremony free of charge, ensuring that they sit on a guest's lap or in a pushchair. If the child will be coming in a pram or pushchair it is your responsibility to email to let us know. We cannot guarantee appropriate seating if you fail to email us before the registration deadline.

All children must be supervised by an adult at all times before, during and after the ceremony.

Data protection

All eligible and provisionally eligible students will have their names, dates of birth, student numbers and awards of study added to the graduation database. We store this information in order to administrate graduation and under the legal basis of legitimate interest.

Once your information is no longer needed for the administration of graduation your personal details will be removed from our database. 

If you don’t want your details sent to Ede & Ravenscroft you will need to contact before you receive the graduation invite to request this. You can also email the same address after you have received your invite to request to have your details removed. Please note that if your details are removed you will need to phone the graduation line to register for your ceremony on tel: +44(0)117 32 83934.

All eligible students will have their full names and awards sent to our Printing and Stationary Service via encrypted email. Our Printing and Stationary Service will publish these in the programmes distributed at the ceremonies. This will be carried out under the legal basis of legitimate interest. If you do not want your name to be printed, you must notify us at before the registration deadline.

All eligible and provisionally eligible students will have their full names, dates of birth, student numbers and awards of study sent to Ede & Ravenscroft via encrypted email. This process occurs so that you can register for your graduation ceremony and speeds up the online booking process for robes, ensuring that Ede & Ravenscroft have the correct robe details for graduates. This is carried out under the legal basis of legitimate interest.

All eligible students will have their names and awards sent to Campus Clothing via encrypted email. Campus Clothing will print the names of eligible students on apparel sold on the day of the ceremony. This is carried out under the legal basis of legitimate interest. If you would like us not to send your name and award please email before the registration deadline.    

A Gecko Engage form will be used to gather the following information; Student ID, First name, Last Name and access requirements for graduates and guests. This information will be deleted from Gecko and our database when it is no longer needed for administrating the award ceremonies.

Gecko Engage will also be used to gather thesis titles, short synopsis and long synopsis for postgraduate research students. This data will be deleted from Gecko Engage and our database when it is no longer needed for administrating the award ceremonies.  

The Events Team will not discuss your student record or any details relating to your graduation with a third party, including parents. If you would like us to discuss your details with a third party you will need to complete a consent form (InfoHub login required).


If you have an outstanding tuition fee debt that is not cleared before the registration deadline, we cannot guarantee that your name will be included in the programme and we cannot guarantee that we will be able to include you in the ceremony.


We hope to be able to accommodate most people in the revised schedule, even if that means adding another date range to our ceremonies. More information will follow.

If you purchase guest tickets then request to defer, we can only refund you if we have received your email before the registration deadline or in an exceptional circumstances.

It is not possible for you to carry over your registration or guest tickets to the ceremony you are deferring to. Instead, you will need to purchase guest tickets for your new ceremony, conforming with the appropriate deadlines.

Emails from us

Eligible and provisionally eligible students will be sent the graduation invite via email. This will be sent to your UWE Bristol email account and your personal email address. We will resend the invite to the UWE Bristol and personal email addresses of students that do not confirm if they will or will not attend and students who get to pending registration status.  

Pending students will receive a weekly chaser email. Students who haven't registered, confirmed they won't attend, or got to pending status will be resent the graduation invite twice.

We will send registered students an email to confirm the availability of additional guest tickets and a diary date reminder after the registration deadline has passed.

After the registration deadline we will send an email to registered students who have not completed their awards to confirm that they will not be able to attend graduation and to explain our guest ticket refund policy. A second email will go out to these students who purchased guest tickets on the day of their ceremony to confirm that their refund has been sent to our finance team.

We will also send eligible students a feedback survey following the graduation ceremonies.

It is possible to unsubscribe from these emails by using the unsubscribe link at the bottom of one of the emails.

If a student has not received the invite email it is the responsibility of the student to follow this up with the Graduation Team by contacting us at Once the registration deadline has passed, we will not be able to register students who claim they have not received the invite email.

Excused Credit

If you have accepted Excused Credit you will have a week-long period, from the date your results were published, to inform the Graduation Team of your intention to attend your ceremony. Your initial two guest tickets will still be guaranteed during that period. However, if you have not registered for your ceremony after that week we can no longer guarantee including you.

Force majeure

If the Awards Ceremony cannot take place or is delayed or the ceremony time needs to change due to circumstances beyond the control of UWE Bristol, including (without limitation) fire, explosion, terrorist act (or threat of terrorist act), act of God, pandemic, national mourning (any member of the royal family), student registration exceeds our capacities or as a result of any industrial action or dispute involving UWE Bristol, or the venue at which the Awards Ceremony is due to be held, UWE Bristol will not be liable for any losses direct or otherwise incurred by the graduands or their guests.

Guest tickets

Once registration opens, you will be able to purchase a maximum of two guest tickets before the registration deadline. Tickets cost £15 each and must be purchased via Ede & Ravenscroft. Once the registration deadline has passed, your two initial guest tickets will no longer be guaranteed.

We cannot guarantee that there will be additional tickets available for your ceremony. If there are additional guest tickets, they will be sold for £15 each on a first-come, first-served basis via Ede & Ravenscroft. After the registration deadline we will contact registered eligible students to confirm availability of additional tickets.

If you purchase additional tickets they are non-refundable, except in exceptional circumstances. We retain the discretion to set the maximum amount of additional tickets you will be able to purchase.

It is not possible for you to use your guest tickets at any graduation ceremony other than one you have been invited to.

Tickets are not transferable. We try and make the process of allocating tickets and additional tickets as fair as possible. We do not permit the transfer of tickets between students or permit any request to the graduation office to transfer tickets. All guest tickets are required to be collected with photo ID, so if you transfer tickets there is a risk you will not be able to collect this ticket on the day of your ceremony. We reserve the right to withdraw tickets we know have been transferred.

If you booked your guest tickets earlier in the registration process your guests will be seated towards the front of the seating plan. If you booked your tickets later on your guests will be seated towards the back. Please note that this ruling does not apply to guests with access requirements.

Interim Awards

If you have claimed an Interim Award, you will have a week’s grace period following the publication date of your results when you can register for your ceremony. During this period, your initial two guest tickets will still be guaranteed. If you have not registered for your ceremony by the end of this week we can no longer guarantee that we will be able to include you.

On the day

You must bring your student card or another form of photo ID to your Awards Ceremony, allowing sufficient time at the venue to register and collect guest tickets and your academic robe. We require proof of purchase from all graduands so that they can collect an academic robe – only the graduand can collect guest tickets and robes.

All guests will need to be seated 15 minutes before the Awards Ceremony starts. If your guests arrive late we cannot guarantee their original seats and may seat them at the back of the seating plan to avoid disturbing the ceremony.

Access to the reception in the marquee will only be granted to guests who have been in the cathedral to watch the ceremony. Any guests who do not have tickets will not be able to attend the reception. All tickets are non-transferable.

We reserve the right to refuse entry or remove any graduand or guest where it appears to us in our sole discretion to be necessary for the good conduct of proceedings and/or the safety, health, and wellbeing of graduands, guests or staff.


You must register for your ceremony before the registration deadline to guarantee your place at the ceremony. If you fail to register before the registration deadline (or within a week of your publication date if you have accepted Excused Credit or claimed an Interim Award) we cannot guarantee that you will be able to attend your ceremony.

Robes and dress

Robes must be hired or purchased through the University’s official robe suppliers, Ede & Ravenscroft.

Use of images

We recognise that not all of your friends and family can attend in person, so our graduation ceremonies are professionally filmed and broadcast live on our Awards Ceremony web pages.

The footage of the ceremonies will be available from I am a after the ceremonies so you, friends and family can re-watch them.

Please note that footage may also be used by UWE Bristol for media publications and advertising. Ceremony films will be archived for future reference.

All graduands and guests should be aware that they may feature in this footage. By registering to take part in your graduation ceremony and by purchasing guest tickets, you are giving permission for your image to be recorded.

The stage clip service will not be available for Hartpury students, who do not have their awards accredited by UWE Bristol.