The Royal Holloway Proofreading Scheme is only open to postgraduates who would like to have the final draft of an assessed project or dissertation checked for minor slips and errors.

Note: Undergraduates are advised to attend the ‘Editing and Proofreading’ workshop which offers key advice on how to proof a final draft as part of the writing process.


What is the proofreading scheme?

The scheme makes use of a register of approved proofreaders who have agreed to abide by the Royal Holloway Proofreading Scheme Handbook and Code of Practice. This means they can only identify errors (in language, punctuation, layout and referencing). They cannot correct or fix-up errors for you.

The scheme's proofreaders do not work for Royal Holloway but are freelance professionals with experience of checking through academic work for error. Most have qualifications from the Publishing Training Centre and/or the Society of Editors and Proofreaders. Any work that these proofreaders do for you is by private arrangement and paid for by you.

Do please note:

As the service is by private arrangement between proofreader and student, the College bears no liability for any failings in the arrangement. Further, it is the sole responsibility of the student to ensure that the authorship of a submitted dissertation or project is his or her own work alone and not that of a third party.


How does the scheme work in practice?

The proofreading scheme follows these steps:

  1. If you are a postgraduate and want to have the final draft of your project/dissertation checked, ask your supervisor to send the Proofreading Consent Form to CeDAS at
  2. Once received, we then send you a link to our booking site where you can book one of the listed proofreaders (see list below). You will need to provide a sample of the work you want proofed.
  3. The proofreader will get in touch with a quote. If you are happy with the quote, proceed ahead, but if not, come back to us at CeDAS and we can put you in touch with another proofreader.
  4. Agree the fee and timeframe with your proofreader. Make sure you provide ample time for your proofreader to do the work.
  5. Provide the proofreader with a final draft and style guidance.
  6. The proofreader returns a marked-up copy and is paid.
  7. Make corrections, acknowledge your proofreader and submit your work for assessment.

Details about the scheme and its operation are to be found in the Royal Holloway Proofreading Scheme Handbook and Code of Practice


Register of approved proofreaders


Derek Donnelly
MA History
Proofreading experience and qualifications

Hannah McCall
BA Politics
Proofreading experience and qualifications

Claire McNally
MA Translation Studies
Proofreading experience

Linda Serck
MA English Language and Stylistics
Proofreading experience and qualifications

Dr Katy Wright
PhD English Literature
Proofreading experience

Key Documents

These are some key documents that explain the proofreading scheme:


How to find CeDAS

For all enquiries about our Academic Skills Programme, please go to our Helpdesk in Founders West 141. You will find directions here