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Permitted Proof-reading

Do you know what is and what is not considered proof-reading? Read this article to find out about how you can ensure that you are following academic integrity guidelines whilst proof-reading your work.

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Proof-reading is highlighting minor errors, like spelling mistakes, referencing errors or poor grammar in the final version of a document. You can proofread your own academic work by checking it for errors- or you can hire a professional proof-reader, who will usually charge for their time.

Proof-readers don’t make corrections, edit the work, or provide example essays for you to copy. This is, at best, poor academic practice (and can be cheating).


5 things to know when hiring a proof-reader:

  • You are responsible for your work
  • A proof reader can’t add to or rewrite your work
  • Find a list of recommended proof-readers here.  You may want to choose a member of The Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP).
  • Only approved proof-readers may be used without prior permission from a module leader, course director or supervisor.
  • You cannot use a proof-reader for modules which test your ability to write good academic English. This information should be included in the module description.
  • Keep a copy of your work before proofreading.


Other support:

If you need support but don’t want to hire a proof-reader, help is available from the Centre of Academic Writing, your course team, Academic Liaison Librarians or other University Support Services

You can find more information about proofreading on the Student Portal.


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