UWA Staff

Written style

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University documents should set a high standard in written communication. The following principles offer guidance for writing clear and effective English.

This guide covers only commonly used textual style; it is not intended to be comprehensive. The guide should be read in conjunction with the University's visual identity and communications principles.

Where the University's web style departs from the printed style, the differences are highlighted.

Sources

The University style uses these sources as a reference:

Exceptions and further guidelines are included in the 'house style' described here.

Short words

Use short words rather than long words. For example:

start or begin (not commence)
use (not utilise)

Active voice

Use active voice rather than passive.

Use
The University fosters the values of openness and fairness.

not
The values of openness and fairness are fostered by the University.

Tense, number and person

Match tense, number and person.

Use
This unit introduces students to the theoretical aspects of systemic diseases and consists of didactic lectures, interactive group tutorials and smaller ward tutorials. In a number of small groups, students investigate the management of oral disease.

instead of
This unit will introduce students to the theoretical aspects of systemic diseases and consists of didactic lectures and interactive group tutorials. You will also attend smaller ward tutorials. In a number of small groups, we investigate the management of oral disease.

Concise and relevant

Wherever possible, omit words that are repetitive or do not add meaning to the text.

Use
Graduates will understand their role within the profession and the wider community. Their commitment to career-long learning will enable them to adapt in a changing world. (26 words)

instead of
It is expected that graduates of this course will be aware of their role within the profession and the wider community and they will be able to adapt to the uncertainties of a changing world by means of a desire for career-long learning. (43 words)

Avoid 'please'

Use
To apply, send a completed application form to Student Services.

instead of
To apply simply fill in the application form and please send it to Student Services.