University Ceremonial Officers (Bedells)

Those staff who attended the recent degree congregations will have seen the Bedells in action in their Bristol red gowns.  We are members of the University staff who act as University Ceremonial Officers.  Our role is to organise and lead the ceremonial aspects of the graduation ceremonies and includes taking the various academic processions on and off the stage and leading groups of graduands up for their degrees to be conferred.  This also includes the honorary graduands. 

The current Bedells are mainly academic staff, ranging from junior staff to professors, but some Ceremonial Officers are hall wardens and bursars and librarians.  They come from faculties as diverse as Engineering, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, Social Sciences and Law, Science and Medicine and Dentistry.

We wish to recruit Bedells from all Faculties to expand our current numbers and to add to a reserve list to replace those who will be retiring from the University over the next few years.

Essential qualities are:

Desirable qualities are:

If you think you might be interested in this role, please contact me ( and I can arrange for you to attend as an observer at a forthcoming degree ceremony so that you can make an informed decision about joining our ranks.

Professor Stephen Lisney, University Marshal