Following is list of terms and conventions commonly employed at Flinders. This list will help you keep content consistent across the website and other applications.
'Campus’ should always be in lowercase, unless it begins a sentence. For example:
- Flinders University's main campus at Bedford Park
- The Bedford Park campus
- The College of Science and Engineering (use capitals when naming a specific college)
- a college
- the college will
Courses and degrees
Use capitals when referring to a specific degree but lowercase for general degrees (Unless it happens to be the name of a language in which case it must be capitalised).
- Apply for an undergraduate degree (heading)
- Bachelor of Education (course name)
- Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology (course name)
- She earned a bachelor degree in science
- These days, few students study Latin
- Master of Arts or MA
- masters degree (not Master’s degree)
- final honours year (not Final Honours year)
Flinders University or Flinders or the University
In all cases, the preferred use is simply Flinders University. This is now an official name listed in the Act. Don’t write Flinders University of South Australia as this can be confused with the University of South Australia.
For branding purposes, the words Flinders University Adelaide Australia may be used in association with the University crest for international audiences.
Graduand, graduate, graduation
A 'graduand' is someone who has finished her degree, but has not yet graduated. Always use lowercase, except when starting a sentence. For example:
- All graduands should register in the foyer prior to the graduation ceremony.
Use lowercase, except when it is part of the full name of a degree.
- Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
- The honours year of the degree involves a written thesis.
'Postgraduate' is always one word, with no hyphen. Use lowercase unless it begin a sentence. For example:
- The scholarship is available to current postgraduate students.
Titles and positions
Capitalise titles for a specific person, eg Vice-Chancellor but not for a position, eg topic coordinator, course coordinator
Only capitalise the full name when a person's official title is given in full, regardless of whether it is accompanied by his or her name. When the title is shortened, it should be written in lowercase. Don't mix full and shortened titles.
Capitalise a job title if it immediately precedes a name.
- Professor Smith (not Prof Smith, professor Smith)
Do not capitalise titles that follow names or stand alone.
- John Smith, professor in biology.
Always capitalise titles of the University's executive.
- Yesterday, Vice-Chancellor Professor Stirling said…
The Pro Vice-Chancellor said yesterday...
It has been observed that “Vice-President and Executive Dean” is too much of a mouthful, especially in the plural. The Vice-Chancellor says that except in the most formal of instances, the preferred terminology is Vice-President.
The proper names Flinders University, should be capitalised. The generic term should be lowercase.
- Every day at Flinders University, we search for greater understanding.
- At Flinders, curiosity is our compass.
- Your academic transcript is the history of your academic performance at the University.
- There are many universities in Australia.