Approved proofreaders

PReSS-funded thesis proofreading can only be undertaken by a School of Graduate Studies Approved Proofreader.

Some doctoral candidates may wish to have their thesis proofread by a professional. In exceptional circumstances, and if you can provide evidence that paying for proofreading will help you submit on-time, you may be eligible to use your PReSS funds.

To use PReSS funds to have your doctoral thesis proofread, you must use a proofreader who is approved by the School of Graduate Studies.

The proofreaders on our List of Approved Proofreaders (below) have provided good references for recent proofreading work. The School of Graduate Studies has no formal association with those listed and takes no responsibility for the work that they undertake for you. Any work they do for you must comply with the University’s Third Party Editing and Proofreading of Theses and Dissertations Guidelines.

Please note: Inclusion on this list does not confer approved University supplier status. To be paid from a candidate’s PReSS account, each proofreader will need to meet the University’s Procurement Policy requirements to become an approved supplier of goods and services to the University of Auckland. View the Procurement Policy.

School of Graduate Studies List of Approved Proofreaders

Contacting a proofreader

When you contact a proofreader, it is useful to include your study area or topic, the total word count, the date by which you need it back, and some pages for assessment. This will help the proofreader give you an answer more quickly.

Tell us about your experience

If you have employed one of our listed proofreaders, please let us know about the service you received. Your feedback helps us maintain the List of Approved Proofreaders for future students. Email us your feedback.

Name Website
Faye Angelo
Angelo Editing NZ on LinkedIn
Email Faye
Elizabeth Ardley Grammartiste Email Elizabeth
Helga Arlington Helga Arlington, Editor Email Helga
Priscilla Cameron AlligatorBeetleCat  Email Priscilla 
Adrienne Charlton
AM Publishing NZ
Email Adrienne
Mona-Lynn Courteau Mona-Lynn Courteau Email Mona-Lynn
Wendy Farrow
Commas and Tense
Email Wendy
Gary Ferguson
Proofreader for International Students Email Gary
Basia Garratt Spot It Proofing
Email Basia
Alison Gilmore The Editor Email Alison
Richard Gyde
Editwrite Email Richard
Suzanne Hardy The WORD ARCHITECT Email Suzanne
Amanda Kennedy
Wordseal Email Amanda
Melodie Lindsay Doclins Email Melodie
Kristin Lush Kristin Lush: Academic Editor Email Kristin
Bella Mae
Redefined Articles
Email Bella
Olivia Macassey Gaudeamus Email Olivia
Peter Morris Elite Editing
Email Peter
Dr Pam Oliver
Expert Proofreader NZ
Email Pam
Sue Osborne Sue Osborne Email Sue
Phil Pope
Pope Editing Email Phil
Qurat-ul-Ain SKxofts Email Qurat-ul-Ain
Linda Rawlinson
Proofed Email Linda
Atholl Robertson OGC Engineers Editing Email Atholl
Shanthi Ross   Right Academics
Contact Shanthi
Sage AuthorServices Sage AuthorServices Contact Sage
Jane Scott Write Choice
Email Jane
Nina Seja
Harmonious English Email Nina
Nick Shackleford Twin Springs Editing and Proofreading Email Nick
Deborah Shaw Deborah Shaw Editing and Proofreading Email Deborah
Hannah Shribman-Brown Top Proofreader Email Hannah
Dagmar Simon
Dagmar Simon: LinkedIn Email Dagmar
Liz Stone
Shepston Editing Services
Email Liz
Heather Taylor
First Person Editing Ltd Email Heather
David Thompson David Thompson: LinkedIn
Email David
Hilary Tolley Thorne Tree Email Hilary
Hilary van Uden Hone Email Hilary

How to apply for PReSS-funded proofreading

First, ensure you are familiar with the following documents:

Next, apply for approval from the School of Graduate Studies. 

Candidates on the current PhD Statute should apply for approval in advance, via the PReSS tab in Wahapū. 

Candidates on earlier statutes should apply in advance by email to  

All requests for approval should include a statement from the candidate that outlines the details of the exceptional circumstances that warrant proofreading, a letter of support from their supervisor, and an estimate of the cost of the proofreading from an approved proofreader.  

Finally, once approval has been granted, you may organise a contract with your approved proofreader.

Apply to join the List of Approved Proofreaders

If you would like to be considered for the list, please complete the Approved Proofreader Registration.

Exceptions for subject matter experts

On some occasions and subject to approval in advance from the School of Graduate Studies, you may use a proofreader who does not appear on the list.

Your request will only be considered in situations where all the following conditions are met:

  • You apply for approval in advance of making any payments
  • The proofreader has specialist knowledge or is a subject matter expert
  • Your supervisor provides written support
  • The proofreader provides the School of Graduate Studies with two recent references for paid proofreading work
  • The proofreader agrees to abide by the University’s Third Party Editing and Proofreading of Theses and Dissertations Guidelines
Send your request with all supporting evidence to