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Report Writing

An overview of the key features and structures used in report writing at university.

Report Writing

Whatever type of report you need to write, find out about communication style, structuring, and formatting your report appropriately


This guide is designed to support you with writing reports in most subjects explaining the conventions regarding structure, style, and typical report features. Report formats are often required for academic courses; the main difference between reports and essays is that reports allow headings and sections to guide the reader.

This guide is divided into support for two types of reports:

You can also use the guide menu to access the additional resources.

Please Note!

This study guide is intended as a broad overview of the common features of academic report writing, therefore it is likely that your report may have some requirements that are specific to your subject/discipline. As such, it is always advisable that you check your module handbook, or speak to your subject tutor/lecturer, for guidance about departmental requirements for reports.

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