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Gowning and Photography


Ede and Ravenscroft (E&R) are the official University academic dress suppliers and photographers for Graduation. To take part in your Graduation ceremony you must be wearing Brunel University London academic dress, which consists of a gown, hood and hat that vary in relation to your award. These can be hired or purchased from E&R. The deadline for ordering a gown is Wednesday 28th November 2018.

Follow the link to book your graduation outfit and photography service.

Ede and Ravenscroft's FAQ regarding gown hire can be found here.

Ede & Ravenscroft offer gowns suitable to those using a wheelchair. If you do require this service please order your gown as normal and select ‘special requirements’. From here you will be able to inform Ede & Ravenscroft that you are a wheelchair user and an appropriate gown will be supplied for you.

When you order your gown with E&R, you will also be offered the opportunity to order a graduation photography package. E&R provide a professional photography service and can take an individual portrait of you, as well as photographs with family members and friends.

Please return your gown to the designated cloakroom following your ceremony.

If you order your academic dress with E&R, and later wish to pre-book a photography package, please go to My Account where you can amend your existing order. You will be asked for your email address and password to access your account.

Why do I need to wear a gown?

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

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

What information will I need to hire or buy me 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.

How much will my gown cost?

Current gown hire costs are as follows:





Online   (£5 Discount)

Hire   Price

On the day (£5 extra)

All Certificates and Diplomas (In PG Cert)




All Bachelors/ All Integrated Awards




All Masters inc MPhil




PhD and Higher Doctorate




If students cancel their gown hire within 7 days of the ceremony taking place Ede and Ravenscroft a refund minus an admin fee of £1.50. Alternatively they can transfer their gown order to a future ceremony by calling the Customer Service team.

 Click here to hire or purchase your gown.

What is the deadline for hiring or buying a 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 Wednesday 28th November 2018.

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.

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.

What will my gown look like?

gown - Dip Front
Diploma / Cert / PGCE

Cost to hire - £32

gown - Dip Back
gown - Masters Front
Masters (Postgraduate)

Cost to hire - £51

gown - Masters Back
gown - MEng Front
Intergrated Masters - MEng, MMath

Cost to hire - £51

gown - MEng Back
gown - Phd Front
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

Cost to hire £58

gown - Phd Back


Those attending a ceremony should note that they may be photographed and/or filmed. Photos/film footage may be used in Brunel University London promotional materials (including the University's website). We will try to ensure that attendees are aware they have been photographed and/or filmed and are willing to have this material published if required. However, because of the nature of the event, this may not always be possible.

Please note that other professional photographers may not take photographs or video recordings during the ceremony on behalf of students or guests. We kindly ask that guests do not stand up during ceremonies to take photos and block the view for other guests.

How do I arrange for my photograph to be taken on the day?

Ede & Ravenscroft have a variety of photograph packs for you and your family to buy. You can either order online or over the phone on 01223 861854. Pre-ordered photograph packs will receive an online discount. 

You may also purchase photograph packs on the day of your Awards Ceremony, however we do recommend that you pre-order to avoid delays.

Please remember with all pre-orders, you should print off your final photography confirmation along with the attachment. This will save you having to complete another form on the day. 

E:photography@edeandravenscroft.com T: +44 (0)1223 861 854

Ede & Ravenscroft Ltd Photography Department Unit A, Pembroke Avenue, Waterbeach, Cambridge, CB25 9QD 

Can I book an appointment to have my photographs taken?

It is not necessary to book an appointment to have your photographs taken on the day, but you may wish to have a look at the website and pre-order

When can I have my photographs taken?

You can have your photographs taken before or after your ceremony but make sure you are in your seat in the Graduation theatre no less than 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony.

For those attending a morning Ceremony, it is advisable to have your photographs taken prior to the Ceremony as the studios can get very busy between Ceremonies.

Will my guests be able to take photographs inside the theatre?

Your guests will be able to take photographs inside the theatre providing that they do not place themselves in positions that block any exits from the theatre, block the view of another guest or interfere with any Graduation processes.

Can I hire someone to film my ceremony or take photographs of me?

Other professional photographers may not take photographs or video recordings during the ceremony on behalf of students or guests.

Will my ceremony be recorded?

The University will broadcast a live stream enabling friends and family who cannot attend to see the ceremony. Once live a link will added to http://www.brunel.ac.uk/life/graduation/winter-graduation/home.

Please note that the ability to view the live stream will depend upon a number of factors beyond the University’s control, such as the user’s browser, system and bandwidth. It is therefore impossible to guarantee that the streaming will be viewable to all.

Ceremonies will be available to view from https://livestream.com/brunel/ both live and after the ceremony has taken place.

Powerful zoom lenses allow them to get close to the action, producing a dynamic recording of your big moment.  Unlike smartphone recordings, we follow the action and capture the atmosphere of this great event, preserving your important milestone forever.

The event is recorded using multiple cameras.  All cameras are directed and controlled live within an on-site studio, allowing the company to provide comprehensive quality coverage of your ceremony.

 Where can I purchase Graduation memorabilia?

The Union of Brunel Students offer a fantastic range of memorabilia to commemorate your Graduation.

The Union Shop can be found here -  https://brunelstudents.com/shop/