This article provides information regarding the history of academic dress at the University.

Academic dress is a traditional form of clothing worn mainly by those who have achieved a university degree. The origins of academic dress lie in medieval times, which has evolved over centuries into the gowns, hoods and hats (mortar boards) of today, and are most often based on the Cambridge or Oxford style. Many countries have adapted this style over time, and individual universities reflect their own characters and traditions through their particular designs and colours. Additionally, each level of award (Bachelor, Master, Doctorate) is represented by the colour of the gown or hood, or style of hat.

The academic dress worn at University of Portsmouth was designed in early 1992 when we were granted university status. We chose to represent each faculty with distinctive hoods that incorporate the University colour of purple. As the University has grown and developed new courses for students, new hoods have been introduced to signify specific awards. While there are many different colour combinations on the hoods worn by our graduates, the University purple is still incorporated into each one, linking each student together and identifying them as a graduate of the University of Portsmouth. 

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