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.

School of Graduate Studies List of Approved Proofreaders

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.

Please use the subject heading 'Approved Proofreader review' when you email us your feedback.

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.

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. To do this, send your request, details of your exceptional circumstances, a letter of support from your supervisor and your choice of proofreader to

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