Academic scarf

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This snowman has been dressed in a college scarf belonging to a member of Churchill College, Cambridge.

The wearing of academic scarves is a tradition found at many British and Irish colleges and universities. Sets of two or more coloured stripes have traditionally been used as part of the distinctive visual identity of these institutions. The scarves are usually made of Saxony Wool and about 2 metres long. The college colours are used in clothing and symbols of all kinds, from ties to trophies, but notably in the long woollen winter scarves that students and alumni wear to show their pride in their institutions.

At some universities, in addition to collegiate scarves, there are also several non-collegiate scarves which have a well-established meaning. For example, those representing the University in sport may be entitled to wear a particular scarf, depending on their level of achievement, or a university department or club may have its own scarf. In addition, some colleges and universities have (for example) separate scarves for senior clubs such as their Boat Clubs.[1]


La Trobe University[edit]

La Trobe University

University of Melbourne[edit]

Trinity College Janet Clarke Hall Medley Hall

University of Tasmania[edit]

Christ College Jane Franklin Hall St. John Fisher College


University of Toronto
St. Michael's College Trinity College


Trinity College, Dublin[edit]

Trinity College, Dublin

University College Dublin[edit]

University College Dublin
University College Dublin, Colours
Sailing and Swimming Clubs Rugby Club Boat Club
Agricultural Science Arts Chemical Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering Commerce Electronic, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering
Law Medicine Radiography
Science Social Science Veterinary Medicine

United Kingdom[edit]

University of Birmingham[edit]

University of Birmingham
College of Arts and Law College of Social Sciences College of Life and Environmental Sciences
College of Engineering and Physical Sciences College of Medical and Dental Sciences

University of Bristol[edit]

Arts Engineering Law
Medicine Sciences Social sciences

University of Cambridge[edit]

University of Cambridge
Christ's College Churchill College Clare College
Clare Hall Corpus Christi College Darwin College
Downing College Emmanuel College Fitzwilliam College
Girton College Gonville and Caius College Homerton College
Hughes Hall Jesus College King's College
Lucy Cavendish College Magdalene College Murray Edwards College
Newnham College Pembroke College Peterhouse
Queens' College Robinson College St Catharine's College
St Edmund's College St John's College Selwyn College
Sidney Sussex College Trinity College Trinity Hall
Wolfson College Postdocs of Cambridge (PdOC)

Sports colours[edit]

Full Blue Half Blue Roos
Tadpoles Riding team Rifle team
Hawks' Club CUTwC CU Bowmen

Durham University[edit]

Full Palatinate Durham University Half Palatinate
Collingwood College Grey College Hatfield College
John Snow College St Aidan's College St Chad's College
St Cuthbert's Society College of St Hild and St Bede St John's College
St Mary's College Trevelyan College University College
Van Mildert College

University of Glasgow[edit]

University of Glasgow
Arts Dentistry Divinity
Engineering Law Medicine
Nursing Science Social Sciences
Veterinary Medicine

Imperial College London[edit]

Imperial College London
Royal College of Science Union Imperial College School of Medicine Royal School of Mines

Lancaster University[edit]

Lancaster University
The County College Pendle College Fylde College
Lonsdale College Bowland College Grizedale College
Furness College Cartmel College Graduate College

University of London[edit]

University of London
Birkbeck, University of London King's College London Guy's Hospital Medical School
St Thomas' Hospital Medical School London Business School London School of Economics
Queen Mary, University of London Royal Holloway, University of London Royal Veterinary College
University College London University College Hospital Medical School Goldsmiths, University of London
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry School of Oriental and African Studies Heythrop College

Newcastle University[edit]

Newcastle University
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) Newcastle University Medical School Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering (SAGE)

University of Oxford[edit]

University of Oxford
Balliol College Blackfriars Brasenose College
Christ Church Corpus Christi College Exeter College
Green College Hertford College Jesus College
Keble College Lady Margaret Hall Linacre College
Lincoln College Magdalen College Harris Manchester College
Mansfield College Merton College New College
Nuffield College Oriel College Pembroke College
The Queen's College Regent's Park College St Anne's College
St Antony's College St Benet's Hall St Catherine's College
St Cross College St Edmund Hall St Hilda's College
St Hugh's College St John's College St Peter's College
Somerville College Templeton College Trinity College
University College Wadham College Wolfson College
Worcester College Kellogg College Campion Hall

Sports colours[edit]

Full Blue Half Blue Vincent's Club

Queen's University Belfast[edit]

Queen's University Belfast
Graduate University colours Queen's University Belfast Boat Club
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences School of Law School of Medicine and Dentistry

University of St Andrews[edit]

University of St Andrews
St Mary's College Bute Medical School The United College (Graduate)
St Leonard's College (Postgraduate)

University of Wales[edit]

University of Wales
Aberystwyth University Bangor University University of Wales, Lampeter
University of Wales, Newport University of Wales Institute, Cardiff Swansea University

Scarf colours of other UK universities[edit]

University of The Arts, London Cardiff University Cranfield University
University of Central Lancashire University of East Anglia University of Edinburgh
University of Exeter University of Hertfordshire
University College Hull University of Hull University of Kent
University of Leeds University of Leicester undergraduate University of Leicester postgraduate
University of Liverpool University of Manchester UMIST (old scarf)
University of Nottingham Open University University of Plymouth
Richmond University
University of Reading Sheffield University Sheffield Hallam University
University of Warwick (old scarf) University of Warwick (current scarf) University of York (old scarf)
University of York (current scarf) University of Dundee Victoria University of Manchester (Old)
University of Bradford Aston University Loughborough University

United States[edit]

Harvard University[edit]

Harvard University
Adams House Cabot House Currier House
Dunster House Dudley House Eliot House
Kirkland House Leverett House Lowell House
Mather House Pforzheimer House Quincy House
Winthrop House

Yale University[edit]

Yale University
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences School of Nursing

Scarf colors of other US universities[edit]

Brown University Cornell University Colby College
Colgate University Columbia University Dartmouth College
MIT Northwestern University Phillips Academy
Pratt Institute Princeton University Sweet Briar College
State University of New York at Buffalo University of California University of Pennsylvania
Vassar College Wesleyan University Williams College

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Scarf Colours of the Cambridge Colleges". Queens' College, Cambridge. Archived from the original on 2008-03-15. Retrieved 2008-03-26. 

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