Coronavirus update

Awards Ceremonies postponed

All 2020 and 2021 Awards Ceremonies have been postponed due to coronavirus. The information on this page is currently only available to provide an idea of the usual process.

Order online

Once you have received your invitation email, you can order your academic robes online from Ede & Ravenscroft, our official supplier. We recommend ordering early and well in advance of the deadline.

All gowns and hoods must be purchased or hired from Ede & Ravenscroft. You cannot wear robes that belong to a friend or family member.

Robe hire price guide


  • Website price (£5 discount): £45
  • Call centre price: £50
  • On-the-day price: £55
  • Extra-time fee (keep for seven extra days): £20


  • Website price (£5 discount): £51
  • Call centre price: £56
  • On-the-day price: £61
  • Extra-time fee (keep for seven extra days): £20


  • Website price (£5 discount): £58
  • Call centre price: £63
  • On-the-day price: £68
  • Extra-time fee (keep for seven extra days): £25

UWE Bristol robes

  • The academic hood worn by Certificate and Diploma holders is black, part lined in plain red silk.
  • Bachelors (first degree) wear a hood in black, fully lined in red brocade.
  • The Postgraduate Diploma hood is also lined in red brocade, but has a red brocade ribbon on the top edge.
  • The Masters hood is in red silk, fully lined in red brocade.
  • The University's Doctors of Philosophy wear a red gown, the faces and sleeves of which are trimmed in grey silk; their hood is fully lined in grey silk.

What to wear to your ceremony

We recommend that you wear smart clothing. The gowns are traditionally made to fit onto buttons, so if you are wearing clothing without buttons you may need some safety pins to keep it in place. It is not compulsory to wear robes, although the majority of graduates do.

How to collect your robes

Bristol Cathedral

You can collect your robe from the Chapter House of Bristol Cathedral after you have registered your attendance at the sign in desk, both found in the cloisters, the entrance to these is situated behind the marquee. Robes should be returned in the marquee following the post-ceremony alumni drinks reception.

Gloucester Cathedral

You can collect your robe in the south aisle of the cathedral after you have registered, and return it to the same area after the ceremony.

Robe queries

Please contact Ede & Ravenscroft if you have questions about robes:

Telephone: +44 (0)1223 861854


Prize winner (non-graduating)

If you're a prize winner but not graduating, you're not required to wear robes. If you need further information, please contact the Graduation team at