• P

    Park & Ride



    • % not per cent.
    • Always use figures with percentages, eg The survey showed that 7% of students did not agree.

    phone numbers

    • No hyphens, and spacing as follows, eg +44 (0) 1865 484848.
    • Use international numbers for website and wherever publications, stationery etc could be seen by overseas.
    • No need to use ‘Tel’ before the number.
    • For internal extension numbers use x4458 (not ‘x 4458’ or ‘ext. 4458’).

    place names

    See Names of countries and places

    plain English

    • Lower case ‘plain’ and upper case ‘English’ unless in a title, eg the Plain English Campaign.
    • All content on Oxford Brookes’ websites should be written in plain English.
    • Gov.uk has a useful list of words you should avoid.


    See Terms of address


    See Courses


    • Refer to your target audience as you, even if there are lots of them (never 'some of you' which gives an impersonal tone).
    • For the University or your department, use we and our, eg We proudly support a range of sports at national level and Our many thriving team sports include...
    • Use they to cover both genders, eg When you are briefing each student, make sure they know the deadline.
    • Beware of mixing pronouns, eg When I started work you really had to watch out for any mistakes one might make.

    proper names

    See Capitalisation


    See Apostrophes, Colons, Commas, Hyphens, Quotations, Semicolons

    PGCE (postgraduate certificate in education)

    PGCert (postgraduate certificate)

    PGDip (postgraduate diploma)



    practice (noun)/practise (verb)

    Pro Vice-Chancellor