Word list and common terms

In the word list, you will find guidance on words, phrases and expressions that can be written in different ways. In some cases, the guidance will be a matter of convention, i.e. where there is only one ‘correct’ way to express the item, or where the form chosen is based on one or more external sources (see ‘References’, overleaf). In other cases, we will have chosen a particular form for the university’s style.

adviser

not advisor

A level

not A-level or A Level

all right/alright

she got the answers all right; she is feeling alright

audiovisual

not audio visual or audio-visual. AV is fine if using informally or internally

Bachelors

not Bachelor’s or bachelors

-based

hyphenated when combined with another word to form an adjective, e.g. ‘work-based study.’ However, ‘teaching is classroom based.’

Brexit

Brexit is the name for the proposed withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, or the modifier used in matters pertaining to this withdrawal, as in ‘we await the results of the Brexit negotiations.’

The University of Exeter is both a British and a European institution and continues to welcome staff and students from all over the world. Given the sensitive and fast-changing nature of Brexit, take special care to ensure references to Brexit are impartial, unbiased and factually accurate.

campus

Streatham Campus, St Luke’s Campus, Penryn Campus

campuses (e.g. Streatham and St Luke’s campuses, Exeter campuses, Cornwall campuses)

campus tours

not Campus Tours

Career Zone

Civil Service

not civil service

click

In digital media, links and buttons are clicked, not clicked on.

compass points

lower case, unless part of a proper name (e.g. North Korea, the East End)

ordinal directions

as above, and closed up (e.g. northwest, southwest)

coordinate, cooperate

not co-ordinate or co-operate, but co-operative (or co-op) when talking about the business style

coursework

not course work

CV

not curriculum vitae

dissertation

not Dissertation

doctor/doctoral

A Doctor of Philosophy is someone who has completed doctoral study in the discipline of Philosophy. Doctoral study is a type of postgraduate study usually resulting in a PhD. A doctor is a qualified medical practitioner.

e-book

not ebook or eBook

e.g.

not eg or eg,

e-learning

not elearning or eLearning

email

not e-mail

en-suite

not en suite or ensuite

etc.

not etc,

feedback

you give and receive feedback but feed back (to the group)

fellow

A fellow is a senior position within an academic institution; a research fellow is someone who has received funding for academic research.

fieldwork

not field-work or field work

the Forum; Forum Library

Freshers’ Week

not Fresher’s Week, freshers’ week or Freshers week

further education

not Further Education

government

always lower case

graduate/graduand

A graduate is anyone who has recently or relevantly received a degree; a graduand has completed their degree study and is due to receive their certificate (i.e. to graduate) imminently.

groundbreaking

not ground breaking or ground-breaking

healthcare

not health care or health-care

higher education

not Higher Education

interdisciplinary

not inter-disciplinary or inter disciplinary

i.e.

not ie or ie,

Koran

not Qur’an or Quran

lecturer

A member of academic staff who gives lectures.

LGBTQ+

In line with guidance from Stonewall, the university uses this term to discuss its community of staff and students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer or questioning, as well as other sexual and gender identities such as asexual, intersex and genderqueer.

We always use LGBTQ+ in full to refer to the community without isolating any of the constituent parts to which it refers.

locations

For the correct presentation of locations across our campuses, see our campus maps:

Penryn Campus map

St Luke’s Campus map

Streatham Campus map

log in/login

you log in with your login

Market Place

Masters

not masters or Master’s

Open Day

not open day

pathway

not path-way, path way

policymaker; policymaking

do not hyphenate in either instance

postdoctoral

postgraduate

A postgraduate programme is any course of study that requires students to have first acquired an undergraduate degree. A postgraduate student is anyone studying for a postgraduate qualification.

professor

A professor is a senior academic of the highest rank. Professorships are usually only awarded after decades of scholarly work but are not a qualification in the same sense as an undergraduate or postgraduate degree. In other parts of the world, including North America, ‘professor’ is often used as a generic term to describe a university lecturer.

programme/program

degree programme, programme of study; computer program

resume

not résumé; but prefer CV

Student Information Desk (SID)

Student Services Centre (SSC)

teamwork

not team work or team-work

undergraduate

An undergraduate programme is one for which no prior degree study is necessary. An undergraduate student is anyone studying for an undergraduate degree.

university

lower case (e.g. going to university, at university) unless referring to a specific university by its full name (e.g. the University of Exeter, Manchester Metropolitan University), or to the University of Exeter or one of its services, programmes, or departments, e.g. ‘the University has six academic colleges’. In the latter case, our tone of voice guidelines suggest we should prefer to use ‘we’ rather than ‘the University’ where possible, e.g. ‘we have three campuses’.

Always check the correct university name, (e.g. the University of Oxford, not Oxford University).

up to date

but in an up-to-date fashion.

webpage

not web page or web-page

wellbeing

not well being or well-being

West Country

the West Country not Westcountry or the west country

wifi

not WiFi, wi-fi or Wi-Fi

Year/year

Three-year programme; Year 1, Year 2; years 1–3.