Professional proofreading and copy-editing services


‘It has been such a challenge completing a PhD whilst working full time and you really helped me reach the finish line (pre-viva!!) in a stress-free way.’ Jo J., Senior lecturer.

Are you concerned about the grammar and spellings in your essay? Would you like another eye cast over your dissertation for a final check?

I can help by proofreading your writing and highlighting errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation and style. I will highlight where I think a sentence does not make sense, or you have not followed your style consistently. Where needed, I will liaise with you to discuss a style sheet for your work.

I will keep in touch with you while I work and contact you to resolve any queries that arise.

Advice for students

Before you commission a freelance proofreader please check with your University or College that it will be acceptable to use these services. You are advised to discuss this with your supervisor and to forward any guidelines from your institution to me in advance of signing the contract for the work requested.

I will proofread your work according to the guidelines from your institution. I will then make suggestions for amendments; however, it will be your responsibility to review and accept any amendments and to ensure that the final document is correct. Please remember to allow enough time for this review after the proofreading.

I will not be able to check for factual errors, nor will I be able to make substantial changes to your document that may alter the academic content. The document will remain your own work.

Recent feedback from clients

Was the work returned to you at the appropriate time? Yes, I was delighted it was returned before the date promised as then I had extra time to work on it over the weekend.

Were the comments and amendments clear and helpful? Very – there was nothing I needed to follow up or that wasn’t clear.

Are there any other comments you would like to make?You were highly recommended to me and I am so grateful that you made the whole process so smooth, user friendly and supportive.  It has been such a challenge completing a PhD whilst working full time and you really helped me reach the finish line (pre-viva!!) in a stress-free way.

Jo J., Senior lecturer

Was the work returned to you at the appropriate time? It was. Caroline returned the finished work at the exact time as she had promised.

Were the comments and amendments clear and helpful? Yes. Particularly, I liked the way Caroline answered my questions after the initial proofreading.

Research Student

Was the work returned to you at the appropriate time? Absolutely, it was much quicker than I anticipated it would be.

Were the comments and amendments clear and helpful? Yes, all very clear to understand.

Are there any other comments you would like to make? I went with Caroline because of both her understanding of my subject discipline and also because of her friendly approach. The service has been excellent. Caroline’s attention to detail is outstanding, she has noticed things that even after many reviews of my work I have missed.

NMS, PhD student, Lancaster

I just wanted to say thank you for all your hard work on my behalf. Your notes have all been incredibly helpful and useful.

CU, MSc Research Student, Cardiff University

Qualifications and training

Copy-editing Progress (SfEP) – Pass

Copy-editing Headway (SfEP) – Pass

Basic Proofreading (Publishing Training Centre) – Merit

PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education (UCLAN)

Level 5 Award in Leadership and Management in Adult Social Care (Work-based)

Certificate of Further Professional Study Teaching Adults with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities (Cambridge University and Cambridgeshire County Council)

BA Geography (Durham University)

 Caroline Barden proofreading for students  Click to contact me today for a fast, no obligation quote. I look forward to hearing from you.