- Don’t use full stops in or after abbreviations like: GCSE, BSc, BA, MA
- You should use a full stop after an abbreviation if it appears at the end of a sentence
- In text, &, %, ie and eg should be spelt out in full as ‘and’, ‘per cent’, ‘that is to say’ and ‘for example’. In tables, headings, or when you need to save space, the abbreviations may be used but not with full stops
- Use the abbreviated form of a title without explanation only if there is no chance of any misunderstanding, like: BBC. Otherwise, the first reference to a name should always appear in full, followed by the abbreviation in brackets, like: This course is taught by staff in the Climatic Research Unit (CRU). CRU is world-renowned
- For names with initials we avoid full stops and spaces, like: JK Rowling.
Biannual - twice a year
Biennial - every two years
Long lists should be bulleted. Do not use commas or semicolons after any of the points.
Begin each bulleted point with a capital letter.
Only the last point should end with a full stop.
Don’t leave a line after the paragraph and the bulleted point.
Use hyphens at the start of each bullet.
- In headings the first word should be uppercase with remaining words capitalised only if a proper noun, name or if a specific title (eg a module title) or position is involved
- internet not Internet
- web not Web
- Use lower case for seasons and semesters. For example: The prospectus will be updated in spring 2016
- Use lower case for points of the compass: east, west, north, south. For example: Schools in the north east, the south of Scotland, southern Europe
- Use upper case for the names of books, films and other major works in the usual way
- Capitalise first words and all words apart from prepositions and conjunctions of fewer than five letters
- Use upper case for definite geographical places, regions, areas and countries: South-East Asia, The Hague, the Midlands, the Middle East
- University (meaning the University of East Anglia). Lower case should be used when referring to universities generally
- Vice-Chancellor (referring to our Vice-Chancellor), all others are vice-chancellors
- Faculties (Faculty of Science), Schools (Environmental Sciences), course titles (MA Theatre and Development) and module titles (Medicine and Gender) should use uppercase
- Use lowercase when referring to a subject in a general way, like: ‘a good background in mathematics is essential’.
We present our contact information in italics under bold, capitalised headers like this:
T +44 (0) 1603 591515
CONNECT WITH US
Instagram and Twitter @uniofeastanglia
- Friday 10 August 2007 (no ‘th’ or comma)
- 2007-08 not 2007-2008 or 2007/08
- Decades should be expressed as 1960s (not 1960’s or ‘60s)
- AD goes before the date (AD 64), BC goes after (300 BC).
Capitalise the full degree title and module titles but use lower case when referring to subject areas. For example: The School of Biological Sciences offers courses in ecology, biology and conservation. To study for the Master of Mathematics programme, you should have studied mathematics to at least A level.
First, 2:1, 2:2, 3rd. Never use 1st. Use a capital when referring to a First, but lower case initial for first-class degree. He was awarded a 2:1 in English.
Capitalise names of widely recognised epochs in anthropology, archaeology, geology and history: the Bronze Age, the Dark Ages, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Victorian era, the Enlightenment, the Third Reich.
Capitalise periods named after specific dynasties or people: the Tudors, Elizabethan.
Lower case: medieval, baroque and early modern.
Required for compound adjectives, like: her brother is a first-year undergraduate or the referee has a full-time job.
- It is an award-winning, world-class department.
- The course has broad-based modules.
- The School offers cutting-edge research.
Do not use a hyphen when the combination of words includes an adverb (words ending in –ly), like: ‘strongly worded letter’.
Use where the same letters meet in adjacent word, like: film-maker.
Use italics for titles of published books, periodicals, plays, films, paintings, newspapers and genus and species names in Latin.
Titles of articles and features in periodicals are set in Roman type enclosed in single quotation marks.
Use italics for foreign words that have not become part of the English language.
Use ‘Master’s degree’, not: Masters degree, masters’ degree or masters degree.
Referring to a generic Master’s: I did my Master’s at UEA.
Referring to a specific degree: Jo studied for a Master’s in Creative Writing.
- Be consistent, it’s ‘between nine and fifteen’, not ‘between nine and 15’
- 10 upwards as figures, so ‘10’ not ‘ten’, ‘29’ not ‘twenty-nine’
- Spell out any number that begins a sentence, like: ‘One hundred and ten people graduated this year’
- Use commas for numbers of four or more digits: 1,000 not 1000
- £100 million or £100m not £100 m
- £10,000 not £10k, although £10k acceptable in internal documents
- Fractions are hyphenated as adjectives: one-third full, but not as nouns: one third of the population.
- ‘The course runs for two years’
- ‘It is a two-year course’
- Spell out ordinal numbers in text: first, second, third not 1st, 2nd, 3rd except for in a table.
Part-time degree programme
A computer program
A levels not A-levels or ‘A’ levels
GCSE, BSc, BA, MA, PhD not G.C.S.E.
civilised not civilized
organised not organized
- Adviser not advisor
- A levels, O levels – no hyphen
- Childcare not child care
- Continental Europe not continental Europe
- Co-ordinator not coordinator
- Co-operation not cooperation
- Coursework not course work
- Courtroom not court room
- En suite not ensuite or en-suite
- Field trip not fieldtrip
- Field work not fieldwork
- Film-making not filmmaking
- Flatmate not flat mate
- Focuses not focusses
- You take a full-time course but you study full time (same for part-time/part time)
- Healthcare when used as adjective: healthcare professions, otherwise health care
- Judgement not judgment
- Master classes
- Modelling not modeling
- Online not on-line
- Postgraduate/undergraduate not post-graduate or under-graduate
- Problem-based learning
- Signalling not signaling
- Skilful not skillful
- Supervisor not superviser
- Teamworking not team-working
- Transferable not transferrable
- Under way not underway
- US for United States, not USA
- Website not web site
- Worldwide not world-wide
- Year 2, year 3 not year two etc.
5.30pm not 5.30 pm or 17.30
Mr/Mrs not Mr. or Mrs.
Dr not Doctor
Prof not Prof.
Our URL always appears in lowercase and is preceded by ‘www’, like this: