Use lowercase and an apostrophe when speaking generally, and a capital when naming a specific qualification. For example:
- A student earns their master's degree
- A student holds a Master of Arts from Bath
Use 'master’s' (singular) or 'master’s degrees' (plural), not 'masters’', 'Masters'' or 'Master's'.
- Miles (mi) for long distances
- Metres (m) and centimetres (cm) for shorter distances
- Kilograms (kg) for weight
- Celsius (°C) for temperature
If you’re using the measurement in a sentence, write it as a full word, for example, 'the University is 2.1 miles from Bath Spa rail station'.
If the measurement is part of a specification, use the abbreviation, for example, swimming pool dimensions: '50m x 20m'.
When writing about money in a sentence:
- only include a pence value if it is something other than 0
- write values under £1 in pence, for example, '45p'
- write values of £1 or more which don't have additional pence as whole numbers with no decimal point, for example, '£1', '£10'
In tabular data, all values should be written in pounds (or the relevant currency) and include both the pound and pence value, no matter the size, for example: '£1.40'; '£750.00'; '£0.45'; '£1,000.57'
Here are some examples of correct usage:
- Fresh sells plastic bags for 5p
- replacement laundry cards cost £5
- a standard wash costs £2.30
- scientists from the Department of Chemistry have been awarded a £1.2 million grant ('£1.2m' is permissible in headlines)