A list of information can be neatly organised using bullet points. How a list is punctuated depends on the sort of information that is being presented.

For a list of short items, there is no need to punctuate each point. A colon should be used to introduce the list, and the first letter of each point should be capitalised.

For example:

  • Departments in the Faculty of Natural Sciences:
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Life Sciences
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Physics

The Research Office can help with:

  • Preparing a proposal
  • Costing and pricing
  • Managing projects
  • Contracts

For a list of longer items or sentences, which follow on from an introductory sentence, each item should end with a semi colon and the final item should end with a full stop. Ensure that the tense and structure of each item work with the introductory sentence. The first letter of each point should not be capitalised (unless it is a proper noun).
For example:

If you are struggling with any aspect of life at university, remember that you can ask for help from:

  • your tutor, for advice on study techniques, time management, career planning and many other issues;
  • support staff, for guidance on everything from accommodation to library resources;
  • the advice centre run by Imperial College Union;
  • your friends and family.

If a complete sentence introduces the bulleted list, each item in the list should end with a full stop, not a colon, and each point should begin with a capital letter.

For example:

The ‘Study’ section of Imperial’s website suggests free activities in London for students on a budget.

  • Free walking tours are available catering to a range of interests.
  • Free museums include the Science Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Natural History Museum, Tate Modern, National Portrait Gallery, British Museum and the Hunterian Museum.
  • Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are two of the largest parks in London.