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Hood of the Month

Every month, Hood of the Month presents a different hood from the Society's Wardrobe or elsewhere.

2016: May (FIBiol); Jun (Leicester PhD); Jul (RAU BSc); Aug (Glasgow MA); Sep (St Andrews DLitt); Oct (US PhD/DD); Nov (Acadia DMin); Dec (UEA MA)
2017: Jan (Aston BSc); Feb (Malta PhD); Mar (Wales MA); Apr (FTTS); May (London MD); June (MCollH/MCCEd); July (Derby MA); Aug (Lambeth STh); Sep (Nottingham BA); Oct (Simon Fraser BA); Nov (Cambridge LLB); Dec (York PGDip)
2018: Jan (NUA BA); Feb (Cambridge ScD); Mar (NUI MA); Apr (LSE PGDip); May (Sts Peter & Paul); Jun (Liverpool PhD); Jul (LLSM); Aug (FPhS); Sep (Keele BEd); Oct (Bucks New MA)


April 2018 : London School of Economics PGDip

LSE PGDip
Institution : The London School of Economics (LSE)

Award : Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)

Description : Violet, lined black watered silk, the cowl bound 1" inside and ½" outside with gold.

Shape : Burgon [s2]


The LSE (the London School of Economics and Political Science) was founded in 1895, and joined the federal University of London in 1900 as its Faculty of Economics. In 2007 it gained degree-awarding powers, and now awards its own degrees, though it remains part of the University. The hoods are a grade-hood system, in the LSE colours of violet, used as the shell; black, used as the lining, in watered silk; and gold, used as the binding. The difference in grade is marked by changes of shape and the amount of gold binding. The PGDip is [s2], violet, lined black watered, and the cowl bound 1" inside and ½" outside with gold.

Text by Nicholas Groves, FBS