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Capitalisation

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Use capitals sparingly and be aware that the generic use of a term is not normally capitalised, but it takes a capital letter when it forms part of a title.


Master of Architecture
a master's degree can be taken
Professor Peter Wright
Peter Wright is a professor of English
Crime Research Centre
the centre opened in 2005

Within the University

When referring to our own University in short and in full, the word 'University' is capitalised:

The University of Western Australia is considered one of the top universities in Australia. The University continues to rate very highly in the Good Universities Guide.

When referring to other universities, lower case is used, except as part of its proper title:

The exhibition will take place at this University, Murdoch University and two overseas universities.

When referring to UWA faculties, the word 'faculty' is capitalised in both the full title and subsequent occurrences:

The Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences welcomes new students and encourages them to participate fully in the activities of the Faculty.

However, the word 'faculty' is not capitalised when referring to the term in general:

A faculty can choose to expel a student who has cheated.

Headings and titles

For headings within a document, sentence case (with only the first word capitalised) is used except where the name of an entity forms part of the heading:

Media and advertising expenditure
Statement of Compliance with the Record Keeping Plan

The subject areas of specific majors and honours degrees are capitalised, as are WA Certificate of Education courses:

a major in Botany
honours degree in Molecular Biology
WACE English

However, specialisations and subject areas are set out in lower case:

Students undertake joint honours in two or more subject areas chosen from botany, geography and zoology.
Other appropriate units, such as those in molecular biology, may be taken.

Schools and disciplines are always capitalised but not the words 'school' or 'discipline' when used generically:

the School of Psychology
students should contact their school office
the discipline of History
staff of the History discipline
lectures may be given by staff in other disciplines

Official names of buildings are capitalised such as Sanders Building, Myers Street Building, Arts Building. The Reid Library building has a lower case 'b' for building because the official name is 'Reid Library'.

Floors are capitalised in addresses but are lower case in a sentence, and are written in full, not abbreviated:

Second Floor, South Wing, Guild Village
The counsellors are located on the second floor. (not '2nd floor')

Within the University, capitals are also used for a few in-house terms:

Graduation Ceremony
Artist in Residence

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States

The word 'state' is capitalised only when used to mean one of the territorial divisions of Australia. State should not be capitalised when referring to a nation or to an abstract entity. For example:

The Victorian Legislative Assembly is a governing body of the State of Victoria. Anyone living in that State may participate in voting for its members.

India is an independent state.

Leaders of the European states are holding an economic conference.

The official names of specific parts of countries are always capitalised, for example, South Australia. Capitals should be used for official names of places or official geographical locations. Lower case should be used for purely descriptive and unofficial names.

The southwestern tip of Western Australia was fun to visit.

WA's South West region is famous for its wine production.

I travelled to Southeast Asia and southern Africa.

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