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Writing to widen participation

Pronouns and gender-neutral writing

Avoid gendering text.

Gendering text is almost always unnecessary and is not inclusive.

If you use a quote or testimonial and do not know the preferred pronouns of the subject, use 'them', 'their', 'they', and so on.

For example:

✔ Supporting your child when they are moving to university.

✘ Supporting your son or daughter when they are moving to university.

✔ Our hockey team has made the championship. They will be playing in the finals in Bradford.

✘ Our hockey team has made the championship. The team of girls will be playing in the finals in Bradford.

There are further recommendations, particularly in the use of pronouns, in A Progressive's Style Guide.