Oxford students vote on scrapping the custom of mortar boards, gowns and even bow ties during exams

Oxford University students’ are taking a vote next week on whether to continue the centuries-old custom of wearing mortar boards, gowns and bow ties for exams. Known as subfusc, the formal academic dress has been criticised as being ‘medieval’, with critics arguing that it contributes to the perception of Oxford University as ‘elitist’ and ‘unwelcoming’. … Continue reading Oxford students vote on scrapping the custom of mortar boards, gowns and even bow ties during exams

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