Gowns and dress code

Why do I need to wear a gown?

To take part in your Graduation ceremony you must be wearing Brunel University academic dress.

Academic dress for Brunel University consists of a gown, hood and hat that vary in relation to your award.

How can I hire or buy my gown?

Gowns are available to hire or purchase from Ede and Ravenscroft.

For details on how to hire your gown on-line and save £5.00, click here.

What information will I need to hire or buy my gown?

Before contacting Ede & Ravenscroft please make sure that you know your height and head size. If your chest measures above 52 inches you will need to state the exact measurement.

To get your head size you will need to measure the circumference of your head 1 inch above your eyebrow.

What is the deadline for hiring or buying my gown?

To guarantee that a gown will be available for you to wear during your ceremony you must arrange to hire a gown, no later than Monday 7th July 2014.

If you want to buy your Graduation gown please see the expected delivery times on the website when placing the order to ensure that it can be made in time.

How much will my gown cost?

Please click here for hire details



Gown type

Web hire cost

Phone hire cost

Bachelors/Integrated Masters (BA, BSc, LLB,MEng etc.)





Masters (MA, MSc, LLM, MBA, MPhil etc.)



Doctorate (PhD, etc.)



Certificates and Diplomas



What should I wear under my gown?

A suit or similar formal outfit must be worn under your gown. National or cultural dress is also welcomed. Because of the fit of the gowns, it is helpful if you have a button at the top of your outfit (ie a shirt) which your hood can then be fixed to.

You may find it useful to bring some safety pins or hair grips to help with securing your hood and hat.

Do I have to wear the hat?

Yes. You should wear your hat throughout your ceremony until you have been presented to the Presiding Officer. Once you have taken your seat again, you may remove your hat. If, for any reason, you do not feel able to wear your hat, please contact student.centre@brunel.ac.uk. If you are a male Sikh you are excused from wearing the hat but you must carry it with you as you cross the stage.

What will my gown look like?

You can see what your gown will look like here Pictures of gowns page.

Page last updated: Wednesday 21 August 2013