CCCU Academic Dress



Other Awards i.e. Foundation Degree, Diploma, Certificate

Our dress for Foundation Degrees, Diplomas, Certificates is a dark blue gown of the Bachelor's pattern (see below), with open, pointed sleeves.  The hat is a blue mortar-board, the international symbol of Education.



Our Bachelor’s gown is black with open, pointed wing-shaped sleeves and was inspired by the Oxford University pattern. The hood is in our University colours, cardinal red outside, with a purple lining which is fixed outwards to be clearly visible.  This shape was pioneered by Aberdeen University and looks well in our distinctive colours.


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Postgraduate Diploma/Certificate (including PGCE)

The Postgraduate hood and accompanying gown and hat are a new addition to our suite of established outfits (approved in 2014).  The hood is of the full 'Old Cambridge' shape, cardinal red outside, purple inside, with cape and cowl, the latter having a liripipe or 'tail'.  The corners of the cape are rounded, unlike Cambridge, but in the style of London University: this shape reminds us that the first degrees awarded at Christ Church, which were in Education, were from London University, before Kent took over these awards, which in turn preceded our own degrees.  The hat is a black mortar-board and the black gown is in traditional robemaker's 'Style Six' pattern.



The Master’s gown, slightly longer than the Bachelor's, is of traditional Master's shape, featuring long glove-ended appendages from behind the elbow and reaching almost to the hem of the gown.  The hood is a modified Oxford Doctor’s shape;  the outside is purple and the lining, which can be folded outwards, is cardinal red. The hat is the black mortar-board, as for Bachelors.




Master of Philosophy

The hat and gown are identical to the Master's described above.  However, the hood, introduced in November 2010, differs slightly from other Masters' in that the edge of the cowl (the part originally intended as a head covering) is bound with 25mm (or 1") inside and out with white.



Doctor in Clinical Psychology

Doctors in Clinical Psychology wear a bright robe, all in the Christ Church colours of cardinal red and purple, the colours separated by a narrow white stripe.  The style is similar to the Oxford Doctor's, having short bell-shaped sleeves.  The hood is similar to the Master's described above but like the MPhil, there is a white binding on the cowl.  It differs from the Masters' hoods in that the cardinal red poly-satin lining is woven with the University coat-of-arms.
The hat is a typical Doctor's bonnet - a soft, round Tudor cap of purple, with a wide brim and white cord and tassel.



Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor in Education

The beautiful robe is similar to the DClinPsych (see above) and the cardinal red of the hood is interwoven with the University coat-of-arms.  The hood is bound in white on both cape and cowl.  The hat is as for the DClinPsych.


Honorary Graduands

There are two categories of Honorary Graduand of Canterbury Christ Church University: Honorary Fellow and Honorary Doctor.

Honorary Fellow

Our Honorary Fellow's robe is of heavy black material, an open-fronted gown with long sleeve-hangings from behind the elbow, similar to the Masters' style but with the arm-hole being an inverted T-shape instead of a plain slit, through which the wearer's arm passes. The inverted 'T' is decorated with gold braid, known to robe makers as 'lace', along the outer edges. The back of the robe features a flap collar, unlike our other graduands' gowns, which have a collar of yoke-and-gathers at the back. The red and gold colouring of the Fellow's flap collar extends over the shoulders and follows the front facings down to the lower hem of the garment. The robe also has a slit at the back, similar to that of the gown of a Queen's Counsel. No hood is worn with the Honorary Fellow's robe but a soft Doctoral hat of the Tudor pattern in black velvet is worn, trimmed with a gold cord and tassel.

Honorary Doctor

Our University Honorary Doctor wears the Fellow's robe and hat without variation but with the addition of a stole or 'scarf' worn from behind the neck and hanging at the front over the facings. The design is similar to the scarf worn over the Anglican priest's surplice but has pointed ends and is of smaller size. The body of the scarf is in our University purple, edged in white, with our corporate 'three Cs' logo in gold, near each of the two pointed ends.

Academic Dress Descriptions by Michael HL Brewer, Associate Lecturer of CCCU and Fellow of the Burgon Society.