Starting University is an exciting, nerve-wracking time for anyone. Whether it’s meeting new friends, finding your way around campus, or exploring a new city – you’ll be experiencing a bunch of things for the very first time.
New things often mean a whole new language – and it’s true, universities do have some pretty odd words and phrases (what’s the difference between a thesis and a dissertation anyway?). And if, like us, you’re the first person in your family to go to university, it can be a bit difficult to know where you should turn to ask what it all means.
There’s no need to worry, though, because we’ve put together this short glossary of common university terms – along with some links to helpful info, which will give you that bit of extra guidance when you need it. If you have any further questions, get in-touch through the myHull portal, by selecting the talk to us tab.
So we hope you find it useful, and all that’s left to say is good luck and welcome to the University of Hull!
Josie, Brad, and Eve
This resource has been developed for students, by students.
The First Generation Scholars Network at the University of Hull identified that those who are the first in their family to attend university sometimes take longer to adapt to academic terminology.
This glossary has been created to help bridge this gap, giving all students the opportunity to understand the language of higher education and signposting to further information and support.
Lead authors: J G Cavaliere, B Durie and E M Jones (2019). Adapted by Student Services (2020).
Last updated : January 2020