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 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.
The deadline for fulfilling all requirements of the Academic Regulations in order to attend the next available Award Ceremony is as follows:
- For the July 2020 Award Ceremony: 12:00 on 17 February 2020
- For the November 2020 Award Ceremony: 12:00 on 01 September 2020
Candidates who are unable to attend a forthcoming award ceremony or whose degree was awarded at a board after the deadline dates as noted above may be eligible to attend the following ceremony.
Requirements for attendance
Before a PG Researcher can attend an Award Ceremony they must have:
- had the outcome of their viva voce confirmed by a previous Award Board
- had any amendments approved by the relevant examiners
- uploaded the final version of their thesis to the UWE Bristol Research Repository once permission has been granted by the PGR Assessments Manager
- had their thesis made live on the UWE Bristol Research Repository
- submitted a completed RD15 to the Graduate School Office
- submitted the relevant synopsis information (see below) to email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange robe hire. All other information above still stands.