Capitalisation is governed by style rather than grammar. You should always use a capital letter to start a sentence and for proper nouns such as names (personal, geographical and organisational). In general, the use of capitals reduces readability and so we encourage the use minimal capitalisation.
Use an uppercase in university when referring to the University of Tasmania, but not when referring to the generic term university. For example:
In 2012, the University was ranked in the top 10 research universities in Australia and in the top 3% of universities worldwide.
Faculties and schools
Use an uppercase in faculty and schools when the name is used in full, but not when it is contracted or used on a second reference. For example:
The Faculty of Arts consists of three schools: Tasmanian College of the Art, School of Humanities, and the School of Social Sciences. The faculty provides students with a quality tertiary education, and its academics, qualifications and research capabilities are highly regarded throughout the world.
Campus should always be in lowercase. For example:
- Hobart campus
- Cradle Coast campus
- Newnham campus
- Rozelle campus
- Darlinghurst campus
Use an uppercase to refer to specific degree courses and a lowercase for general degrees. For example:
The Faculty of Education offers the Bachelor of Education, as well as other bachelor degree courses.
Government and government departments
Use a lowercase when referring to generically; uppercase when referring to a specific government or department. For example:
The Australian Government is working to increase Indigenous participation in higher education. The government aims to address this issue through a number of programs administered by the Department of Innovation.
Use an uppercase when referring to Australia's Indigenous population, but use lowercase when referring to indigenous populations in general. For example:
- Indigenous Australians
- the indigenous people in Thailand.
Use an uppercase when referring to days of the week, months or public holidays. For example:
- Australia Day
Use lowercase when referring to the seasons such as winter, spring etc.
There is a preference for titles of publications to be represented with minimal capitalisation; with only the first word and any proper nouns and names in uppercase. For example:
2013/14 Undergraduate course guide