Postgraduate research award ceremonies

This page aims to provide details on the final requirements in order for successful PGR students to attend the July or November Award Ceremonies.

July 2020 Graduation Ceremony update: All July ceremonies have been postponed.

At the moment, we are monitoring the situation with COVID-19 and following government advice and guidance. We are planning behind the scenes what the ceremonies will look like at another time. this is obviously an unprecedented situation and we thank you for your patience as we put plans in place. As soon as we can, we will update you with the new arrangements.

July and November ceremonies

The University holds two award ceremonies per year in July and November. View full details of forthcoming Awards Ceremonies.

Postgraduate (PG) Researchers who have had their degree awarded at or before the February meeting of the Research Degrees Award Board (RDAB) may be eligible to attend the July (or a later) Award Ceremony. PG Researchers who have had their degree awarded at or before the September meeting of the Research Degrees Award Board (RDAB) may be eligible to attend a November (or a later) Award Ceremony.

Requirements for attendance

Before a PG Researcher can attend an Award Ceremony, they must have:

  1. had the outcome of their viva voce confirmed by a previous Award Board
  2. had any amendments approved by the relevant examiners
  3. uploaded the final version of their thesis to the UWE Bristol Research Repository once permission has been granted by the PGR Assessments Manager
  4. had their thesis made live on the UWE Bristol Research Repository
  5. submitted a completed RD15 to the Graduate School Office
  6. submitted the relevant synopsis information (see below) to by the relevant Award Board deadline shown above

The Award Board will then consider approving the completion of the award. Please note that, before an award can be granted, Postgraduate Researchers are required to fulfil all requirements of the Academic Regulations.

Invitation to the next Award Ceremony

An invitation to attend the next Award Ceremony will be sent to Postgraduate Researchers' UWE Bristol student email address by the Award Ceremony organisers. As Postgraduate Researchers are not eligible to attend until their award has been approved, final allocation of the ceremony will be confirmed by the relevant faculty following approval by the Award Board. More information is available on the Award Ceremonies webpages.

Once the PG Researcher has registered to graduate and received their confirmation email, they can hire robes from Ede and Ravenscroft. If students need a letter for guests to support a visa application, please email with the necessary information.

Synopses of research

The synopses are only required if the PG Researcher is attending an award ceremony. PG Researchers should agree the wording with their Director of Studies and then forward it to  by the deadline detailed above.  Your full synopses will consist of:

  • Your full name
  • Your degree to be awarded eg, Doctor of Philosophy, Professional Doctorate in..., Master of Philosophy, Doctor of Philosophy by Publication, Master of Philosophy by Publication
  • The thesis title of your research
  • A maximum of a 250-word synopsis of the research for inclusion in the award ceremony programme
  • A maximum of a 50-word synopsis about the research to be read at the award ceremony.

Travel to award ceremonies

Postgraduate Researchers are strongly advised NOT to book any travel to an Award Ceremony until the award has been made by the Award Board. No Postgraduate Researcher may graduate at an Award Ceremony without the approval of an Award Board.

Members of staff

Members of UWE Bristol staff with permanent contracts undertaking a research degree must register to attend through the standard invitation email. This applies even if they have registered to attend a ceremony as a staff member. Staff should also contact to arrange robe hire. All other information above still stands.

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