The awarding of Blues and Half Blues is regulated by the men’s and women’s Blues Committees.
The committees work in slightly different ways with their main activity being determining the criteria that must be met in any sport before a blue, half blue, or extraordinary and discretionary blues may be awarded.
Joint Blues Committee of Oxford and Cambridge
Rules Regarding Varsity Match Eligibility
Drafted and approved by the Joint Blues Committee on 28 February 1983.
- Alteration approved on 13 November 1997 which came into force from 1 October 1998
- Reviewed 12 March 2001 to come into force 1 October 2001
- Additional review in May 2013 to come into force 1 October 2013
- A further review in June 2014 took place to come into force 1 October 2014*
A resident bona fide student member of the University is eligible to compete in a Blues Status Oxford versus Cambridge sporting contest, subject to the stipulations that he or she is:
a) A matriculated and fully registered member of both a College and of the University for the current year according to both College and University academic registers; and
b) Registered for, and actively studying for, a recognised degree, diploma or certificate of the University where matriculation for all members of said course is compulsory* and;
c) In residence for at least the undergraduate (8 week) term in which the Varsity match falls, or the preceding one (if the match occurs in the ‘holiday’ period following the term in question), fulfilling University residence requirements as applied to all undergraduates; the undergraduate University residence requirements therefore would apply to all graduates ; and
d) Not already the holder of 8 Blues, having previously competed in 8 Blues status Varsity Matches in any one sport.
e) Is an undergraduate, in which case his or her eligibility continues until 30 September in the year in which he or she completes his or her undergraduate course;
i) Is already the holder of a degree from a recognised University and is therefore reading for a further degree or for a diploma, certificate or higher degree of the University, in which case his or her eligibility is limited to four (4) further appearances. These four years need not be consecutive.
ii) The eligibility of such a graduate student is limited until his or her results are published in the Reporter (Cambridge) or the Examination Schools (Oxford). However, should extra work be required after a viva to complete academic requirements, then Varsity eligibility is extended until these requirements have been met but shall not extend beyond the academic year in which the original viva takes place. See Note: 2 below
1. For all other non Blue status Oxford vs. Cambridge matches i.e. second team competitions, the current British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) eligibility criteria shall apply. This allows any current student on a recognised course of study within the University, irrespective of matriculation or number of years of previous participation, the right to play.**
2. For the avoidance of doubt, the academic register or equivalent must have the student status shown as ‘active’ for at the very minimum the term in which the Varsity Match falls, not withstanding all other eligibility requirements.
* Sentence underlined in section b) came into force from September 2015.
**Currently the ISIS/Goldie crews (Second teams) are eligible for a Half Blues.
If you have any further queries please contact any of these staff, who are all members of the ‘Joint Blues Committee of Oxford and Cambridge Universities’: