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Written reports are a common form of assessment at university. Learning the principles of good report writing will help you to communicate well in whichever career you choose.

Reports are formally structured but the styles vary between disciplines - and even within the same subject. This section provides some general guidelines to help you understand the purpose of report writing:

photograph of a report

Useful links

Note: As reports vary between disciplines, check the requirements for reports in your department before following the advice on any of these sites.

Guide to technical report writing and Guide to Laboratory writing are specifically written for engineering students at Sussex.

Engage in Research  is a very detailed interactive skills resource for bioscience students.

The main elements of a science or technology report provided by the Open University (external page). 

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