Academic Dress

Hiring, collecting and returning your gown.

Academic Dress

The appropriate academic dress must be worn at the ceremonies. If it is not, the graduand/diplomate will not be presented with his or her award.

The robe-makers to the University are:

Ede and Ravenscroft Ltd
Unit A, Denny Industrial Centre,
CB25 9QD
Tel: +44(0)1223 861854


Hiring a gown

Your gown should be ordered from Ede and Ravenscroft at least 21 days prior to your ceremony.

Order online at and you will receive a discount of £5.00. Please note, you must pay with a debit or credit card for online orders. 

Alternatively, you can order by telephone on 01223 861854. You must pay by credit or debit card. Please note, the £5.00 discount does not apply to orders made over the telephone.

Facilities for the deaf and hard of hearing or those with a speech impairment are available using Textphone - dial 1800101223861854 to access the RNID Typetalk system.

When ordering your gown you will need to have your hat size, height and chest size to hand.


Collecting and Returning your Gown

Gowns can be collected from the Main Sports Hall in the Northgate Arena. Collection times are as follows:

Ceremony 1 - From 4.00pm - 6.00pm on Thursday 16th March and from 7.30am on Friday 17th March

Ceremony 2 - From 11.00am on Friday 17th March

ALL gowns must be returned to the Main Sports Hall in the Northgate Arena by 6.00 pm on the day of your ceremony.

 General Dress

Your Graduation Ceremony is a formal event and as such it is recommended that you dress smartly. Casual attire such as jeans, t-shirts and trainers are not considered appropriate for this type of event. You should wear clothing that has buttons down the front i.e. shirt or blouse as the hood of your academic dress is secured by a loop.  If you choose to wear clothing that does not have buttons then please ensure that you bring with you a brooch or safety pins to secure the hood. Staff from Ede & Ravenscroft will be at the Cathedral to ensure that your academic dress is correct before you cross the platform to receive your degree / award.