Rules Governing Academic Dress

Document Number000399
Date Approved30 November 2007
Date Last Amended27 May 2011
        

Application of Rules

1. Members of the University shall appear in academic dress according to these Rules when attending public occasions convened for academic purposes and on such other occasions as the Council may appoint.

Officers of the University

2. The academic dress for the Chancellor, Deputy Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, members of the Council and staff and other officers of the University shall be as follows:

(a) the Chancellor - the accustomed robes of that office;

(b) the Deputy Chancellor - the accustomed robes of that office, except that on a ceremonial occasion, in the absence of the Chancellor the Chancellor's robes shall be worn by the Deputy Chancellor, and in the absence of both the Chancellor and the Deputy Chancellor such robes shall be worn by the person appointed by the Council to preside at the occasion;

(c) the Vice-Chancellor - similar to that worn by the Chancellor but decorated in silver;

(d) members of the Council – the habit of their degree or if any such member is not a graduate, a black Master's gown, with front panels and shoulder cover in cardinal red silk, and a cap as worn by Masters of Arts of the University of Cambridge;

(e) members of the academic staff and officers of the University who are graduates – the habit of their degree;

(f) an officer of the University not being a graduate, but declared by Council to be of the status of lecturer or above – a plain black Master's gown and cap as worn by Masters of Arts of the University of Cambridge.

Postgraduate Students

3.  The academic dress for postgraduate students shall be the habit of their degree. Postgraduate Diplomates who hold no former degree shall wear a gown of black cloth and a cap of the style worn by Bachelors of Arts of the University of Cambridge.

Graduates of the University

4.  With effect from 1 January 2004, the colours of hoods will reflect the discipline content of the Award, not the particular program or organisational unit. This is in line with the Academic Senate’s approval (resolution 00/460) of the following academic dress colours:

(1) Natural and Physical Sciences – Topaz

(2) Information Technology – Violet

(3) Engineering and related Technologies – Lapis Lazuli

(4) Architecture and Building – Garnet

(5) Health:

(i) Medicine and Health Sciences – Rhodochrosite

(ii) Nursing – International Orange

(6) Education – Shamrock

(7) Management, Commerce and Economics – Turquoise

(8) Society and Culture:

(i) Arts, Psychology, Social Science and Social Work – Pearl

(ii) Law – Waratah

(iii) Indigenous Studies – Wattle and Waratah

(9) Creative Arts:

(i) Music – Lilac

(ii) Visual Arts, Design and Communication Studies – Wattle

5. The academic dress for graduates of the University shall be:-

(a) Higher Doctoral Degrees – a festal gown of cardinal red cloth, with a hood of garnet cloth lined with silk cloth of the appropriate colour, namely:

  • Doctor of Architecture – garnet
  • Doctor of Business - turquoise (note 1)
  • Doctor of Education – shamrock
  • Doctor of Engineering - lapis lazuli
  • Doctor of Fine Art – wattle
  • Doctor of Laws – waratah
  • Doctor of Letters – pearl
  • Doctor of Medicine – rhodochrosite
  • Doctor of Music – lilac
  • Doctor of Nursing – international orange
  • Doctor of Science – topaz
  • Doctor of Social Science – pearl
  • Doctor of Surveying – lapis lazuli
  • Doctor of the University - silver grey

and a black velvet bonnet with a gold cord;

(b) Doctors of Philosophy - a gown of garnet cloth faced with silver grey to a width of 10 cm with a hood of garnet lined with silver grey and a black velvet bonnet with a silver cord;

(c) Professional Doctoral Degrees – a festal masters style gown of dark blue faced with silver grey with a hood of garnet cloth lined with silver grey and a black velvet bonnet with a silver cord.

  • Doctor of Business Administration
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology

(d) Masters – a gown of black cloth, and a hood as worn by Masters of Arts of the University of Cambridge, fully lined with the appropriate colour, and a black cap as worn by Masters of Arts of the University of Cambridge: -

Topaz

  • Master of Applied Management (Operations Management)
  • Master of Aviation Management
  • Master of Environmental and Business Management
  • Master of Environmental Management
  • Master of Food Technology
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Science Management (Honours)
  • Master of Science Management
  • Master of Scientific Studies
  • Master of Statistics

Violet

  • Master of Computer Science
  • Master of Information Technology (Professional)
  • Master of Information Technology (Advanced)
  • Master of Information Technology (Honours)
  • Master of Information Technology

Lapis Lazuli

  • Master of Engineering
  • Master of Engineering Management
  • Master of Engineering Practice (Bulk Solids Handling)
  • Master of Engineering Practice (Coal Technology)
  • Master of Engineering Science
  • Master of Surveying

Garnet

  • Master of Applied Management (Architecture)
  • Master of Architecture
  • Master of Building
  • Master of Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction (note 9)
  • Master of Property

Rhodochrosite

  • Master of Applied Management (Health)
  • Master of Clinical Epidemiology
  • Master of Environmental Health Epidemiology
  • Master of Health Science
  • Master of Medical Radiation Science
  • Master of Medical Science
  • Master of Medical Statistics
  • Master of Occupational Health and Safety
  • Master of Pain Medicine
  • Master of Pharmacy
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Quality Improvement in Health Care
  • Master of Sports Nutrition
  • Master of Stroke Management
  • Master of Surgery
  • Master of Women’s Health
  • Master of Workplace Injury Management and Occupational Rehabilitation

International Orange

  • Master of Applied Management (Nursing)
  • Master of Mental Health Nursing
  • Master of Mental Health Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) (note 6)
  • Master of Midwifery Studies
  • Master of Nursing
  • Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice)
  • Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)
  • Master of Nursing Studies

Shamrock

  • Master of Applied Management (Education)
  • Master of Disability Studies
  • Master of Early Childhood Education
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Educational Studies
  • Master of Leadership and Management Education
  • Master of Special Education
  • Master of Teaching

Turquoise

  • Master of Applied Finance
  • Master of Applied Management
  • Master of Business
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Commerce
  • Master of Economics
  • Master of Entrepreneurship
  • Master of Human Resource Management
  • Master of International Business
  • Master of Marketing
  • Master of Professional Accounting (Advanced)
  • Master of Professional Accounting

Pearl

  • Master of Applied Ethics
  • Master of Applied Linguistics
  • Master of Applied Management (Social Change and Development)
  • Master of Applied Management (Tourism)
  • Master of Applied Psychology
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Clinical Psychology
  • Master of Health Psychology
  • Master of Letters
  • Master of Social Change and Development
  • Master of Social Science
  • Master of Social Work

Waratah

  • Master of Common Law
  • Master of Laws

Lilac

  • Master of Arts (Music)
  • Master of Music
  • Master of Music Technology

Wattle

  • Master of Digital Media
  • Master of Fine Art
  • Master of Multimedia

(e) Master of Philosophy – a gown of black cloth and a black cap as worn by Masters of Arts of the University of Cambridge, and a hood as worn by Doctors of Philosophy, namely a hood of garnet lined with silver grey;

(f) Bachelors – a gown of black cloth, a black cap and hood of the style worn by Bachelors of Arts of the University of Cambridge lined unless otherwise indicated to a depth of 15 cm with the appropriate colour, namely:

Topaz

  • Bachelor of Biotechnology
  • Bachelor of Development Studies
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science
  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Honours) (note 7)
  • Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition (Honours) (note 6)
  • Bachelor of Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Mathematics (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Science (Aviation)
  • Bachelor of Science (Aviation) (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Science (Food Technology)
  • Bachelor of Science (Food Technology) (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Science (Forensic) (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Science (Photonics)
  • Bachelor of Science (Photonics) (Honours)

Violet

  • Bachelor of Applied Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Applied Information Technology (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Information Science
  • Bachelor of Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours)

Lapis Lazuli

  • Bachelor of Engineering
  • Bachelor of Surveying

Garnet

  • Bachelor of Construction Management (Building)
  • Bachelor of Design (Architecture)
  • Bachelor of Science (Architecture)
  • Bachelor of Science (Building)

Rhodochrosite

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Consumer Science)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Consumer Science) (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
  • Bachelor of Health
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Dietetics)
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy)
  • Bachelor of Herbal Therapies
  • Bachelor of Human Nutrition
  • Bachelor of Human Nutrition (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science
  • Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Medical Science
  • Bachelor of Medicine
  • Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
  • Bachelor of Oral Health
  • Bachelor of Podiatry
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy

International Orange

  • Bachelor of Midwifery (note 5)
  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)

Shamrock

  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Teaching
  • Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts (note 2)
  • Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Design and Technology (note 2)
  • Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies (note 2)
  • Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Fine Art (note 2)
  • Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Health and Physical Education (note 2)
  • Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Science (note 2)
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)/Bachelor of Arts (note 4)
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)/Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies (note 4)
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts (note 4)
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Health & Physical Education (note 4)
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Mathematics (note 4)
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Science (note 4)
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Fine Art (note 4)

Turquoise

  • Bachelor of Business
  • Bachelor of Business (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Economics
  • Bachelor of Economics (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Finance
  • Bachelor of Management

Pearl

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science
  • Bachelor of Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology)
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Recreation and Tourism)
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology

Waratah

  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Laws / Diploma of Legal Practice

Wattle & Waratah

  • Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice - lined to a depth of 5 cms in wattle followed by 15 cms in waratah (note 5)
  • Bachelor of Aboriginal Studies – lined to a depth of 5 cms in wattle followed by 15 cms in waratah
  • Bachelor of Aboriginal Studies (Honours) – lined to a depth of 5 cms in wattle followed by 15 cms in waratah

Lilac

  • Bachelor of Music (note 3)
  • Bachelor of Music (Honours)

Wattle

  • Bachelor of Communication
  • Bachelor of Communication (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Fine Art
  • Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Industrial Design
  • Bachelor of Natural History Illustration
  • Bachelor of Natural History Illustration (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Visual Communication Design
  • Bachelor of Visual Communication Design (Honours)

Undergraduates

6.  The academic dress for undergraduates shall be a plain black gown as worn by scholars of the University of Cambridge.

Definition of Colours

7.  The colours mentioned in these Rules shall be as defined by the British Colour Council Dictionary of Standard Colours, 2nd Edition, 1951 (B.C.C.), or the Australian Standard 1700S - 1985, Colour Standards for General Purposes (A.S.C.), and the numbers which follow are those by which the dictionary or colour standard identifies the colours approved for the purpose of academic dress:-

  • Cardinal Red - B.C.C. 186
  • Claret - A.S.C. R55
  • Garnet - B.C.C. 160
  • International Orange - A.S.C. R11
  • Lapis Lazuli - B.C.C. 150
  • Lilac - A.S.C. P23
  • Pearl - B.C.C. 151
  • Rhodochrosite - B.C.C. 14
  • Shamrock - A.S.C. G23
  • Silver Grey - B.C.C. 153
  • Topaz - B.C.C. 4
  • Turquoise - B.C.C. 118
  • Violet - B.C.C. 179 / A.S.C. P13
  • Waratah - A.S.C. R14
  • Wattle - A.S.C. Y12

Related Information

Notes:

  1. Disestablished from 1 January 2010 (C09:108)
  2. No further intake after Semester 2 2009.
  3. No further intake into the Bachelor of Music (Sedaya College) after Semester 2, 2009.
  4. Established by Council 28 August 2009 (C09:155)
  5. Established by Council 27 August 2010 (C10:144 and C10:145)
  6. Established by Council 26 November 2010 (C10:198 and C10:199)
  7. Established by COuncil 27 November 2009(C09:199)
  8. Disestablished by COuncil 12 March 2010 (C10:048), effective from 1 January 2010
  9. Established by COuncil 27 May 2011 (C11:111) 

Previous Awards

Note: Previous Awards only shown from Council decisions post August 2009.  Other Previous Awards will be added progressively.

Professional Doctoral Degrees – a festal masters style gown of dark blue faced with silver grey with a hood of garnet cloth lined with silver grey and a black velvet bonnet with a silver cord.

  • Doctor of Health Psychology - disestablished by Council from 1 January 2010 (C09:200)

Masters – a gown of black cloth, and a hood as worn by Masters of Arts of the University of Cambridge, fully lined with the appropriate colour, and a black cap as worn by Masters of Arts of the University of Cambridge:

Violet

  • Master of Advanced Information Technology (note 8)  

Topaz

  • Master of Environmental Studies - disestablished by Council from 1 January 2010 (C09:200)
  • Master of Mathematics - disestablished by Council from 1 January 2010 (C09:200)
  • Master of Medical Physics - disestablished by Council from 1 January 2010 (C09:200)

Pearl

  • Master of Creative Arts - disestablished by Council from 1 January 2010 (C09:200)
  • Master of Psychology (Clinical) - disestablished by Council from 1 January 2010 (C09:200)

Wattle

  • Master of Design - disestablished by Council from 1 January 2010 (C09:200)

Rhodochrosite

  • Master of Diabetes Care (note1)
  • Master of Genetice Counselling (note 1) 

Bachelors – a gown of black cloth, a black cap and hood of the style worn by Bachelors of Arts of the University of Cambridge lined unless otherwise indicated to a depth of 15 cm with the appropriate colour, namely:

Topaz

  • Bachelor of Science (Forensic) - disestablished by Council from 1 January 2010 (C09:200)
  • Bachelor of Science (Professional) - disestablished by Council from 1 January 2010 (C09:200)

Violet

  • Bachelor of Information Science (Honours) - disestablished by Council from 1 January 2010 (C09:200)

Garnet

  • Bachelor of Architecture - disestablished by Council from 1 January 2010 (C09:155)

Wattle

  • Bachelor of Design (Graphic Design) - disestablished by Council from 1 January 2010 (C09:200)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies) - disestablished by Council from 1 January 2010 (C09:108) 
  • Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies) (Honours) - disestablished by Council from 1 January 2010 (C09:108) 

Pearl

  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) - disestablished by Council from 1 January 2010 (C09:108)

Turquoise

  • Bachelor of Management (Honours) (note1)
Approval AuthorityCouncil
Date Approved30 November 2007
Date Last Amended27 May 2011
Date for Review30 November 2010
Policy SponsorUniversity Secretary
Policy OwnerAcademic Registrar
Policy ContactDeputy Academic Registrar (Governance and Policy)
Amendment History

Addition of note 9 approved by Council 27 May 2011 (C11:111)

Additionof 2 awards (note 6) by Council 26 November 2010 (C10:198 and C199).

Addition of 2 awards (note 5) by Council 27 August 2010 (C10:138 and C10:139)

Amended Council 27 November 2009 (C09:199, C09:200 & C09:202)

Amended Council 28 August 2009 (C09:155)

Amended Academic Senate 12 August 2009 (AS09:100)

Amended Council 10 July 2009 (AS09:116)

Amended by Council 29 August 2008

Amended by Council 30 November 2007

Amended: 12 October 1990, 21 June 1991, 16 August 1991, 13 December 1991, 12 June 1992, 21 August 1992, 16 October 1992, 4 December 1992, 23 April 1993, 27 August 1993, 15 October 1993, 10 December 1993, 28 April 1994, 26 August 1994, 28 October 1994, 27 October 1995, 19 April 1996, 21 June 1996, 11 April 1997, 27 June 1997, 31 October 1997, 28 August 1998, 5 March 1999, 29 April 1999, 27 August 1999, 29 October 1999, 3 March 2000, 13 April 2000, 9 March 2001, 4 May 2001, 22 June 2001, 10 May 2002, 30 August 2002, 7 March 2003, 2 May 2003, 29 August 2003, 31 October 2003, 14 May 2004, 3 September 2004, 29 October 2004, 17 December 2004, 28 October 2005

, 21 February 2007.