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Duncan Proofreading – academic and non-fiction

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Experienced academic and non-fiction proofreader – I have worked with a wide range of materials, including PhD theses, master’s dissertations and academic journal papers, book chapters, blog essays and travel writing, business documents, magazine articles and content for web pages.

I have helped a variety of clients to ensure that their written material is free from errors and consistent in content and presentation, including the formulation of style sheets and guides where necessary.

My academic background is in the humanities and social sciences with an interdisciplinary degree within which I focused on philosophy. This honed my analytical, writing and critical reading skills, and has given me a keen eye for identifying ambiguity and inconsistency.

I have particular experience of working with people for whom English is a second/foreign language (ESL/EFL), helping to ensure their writing flows smoothly and naturally.

I am a Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) – you can view my CIEP profile here – and am listed on the register of approved proofreaders for Royal Holloway, University of London and Sheffield Hallam University.

Qualifications and Training:
BA (Hons) Interdisciplinary Human Studies – First Class
Proofreading training from the Publishing Training Centre and the CIEP, including specialist courses on proofreading theses and dissertations, and working with references
Copyediting training with the CIEP: Copyediting 1 and Copyediting 2 (Merit)

I am also CELTA qualified with a great interest in language learning and grammar. A self-taught and still-learning Hindi speaker, I understand the difficulties of communicating in a second (or third) language.

“I work to a high standard and Rachel’s reliability, professional approach and the quality of her work make her a pleasure to work with and easy to communicate with. I have no doubts in recommending her to anyone looking for an academic proofreader.” Dawn Leggott Consulting Ltd

For professional, friendly and personalised proofreading support, contact me at [email protected].
Don’t forget to tell me your subject, type of work, approximate word count and, most importantly, your deadline, so that I can quickly understand how I can help you.


I have worked with Rachel in the past two years as Principal Investigator of Project dldl/ድልድል. Rachel helped to proofread our English website ( and dedicatedly supports the proofreading of our blog. Her work is highly professional, thoughtful and considerate of our contributors’ diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Rachel is very conscious of epistemological inequalities in knowledge production and publishing and is very careful not to impose Anglophone or other rigid standards when proofreading the work of our diverse contributors, allowing them to express themselves as well as guiding them to write clearly and effectively in English. I consider it a privilege to be working with Rachel and I would recommend her without any reservations.


Rachel is highly professional and provides insightful suggestions when proofreading.
She can identify the discordance in my work and replace them with more suitable words/sentences. Also, she can grasp what I want to convey in her enquiries, helping me to reflect on my work. My dissertation is therefore more logical and coherent. I feel good working with her for her high quality and effectiveness. Hope to work again : )


Rachel was such a joy to work with! Not only is she hardworking and very thorough but mostly important delivers the work on time. She is extremely meticulous and truly added value to my thesis. I will definitely be making use of her services again.


Rachel is such a responsible and absolutely professional proofreader. I feel so lucky to meet her because after her work, my wording are more clear which shows in the improved scores.


Rachel is a wonderful proofreader to work with! She communicates with me in a timely manner and is very flexible in terms of adapting her work to my needs for presenting and formating ideas in my academic field. The quality of her work is exceptional, with attention paid to details that might otherwise go unnoticed. Her comprehensive and constructive suggestions not only helped me improve one piece of work, but may also benefit my future academic writing.


It’s my second time working with Rachel. She is so helpful! Really appreciate her high-quality and efficient proofreading.


Rachel has been a wonderful proof-reader. I loved her work and her professional advices while she was proofreading my thesis. Besides her wonderful work, she is a very friendly person which was really helpful for me. I also loved the way she managed to do the work in such a short time! Great!!


Rachel has a very friendly, patient attitude and professional skills and it was a great experience to work with her. She provided a lot of professional and pertinent advice on my essay.


I am very pleased with Rachel’s proofreading , i would call it First Class professional Proofreading, Rachel is extremely thorough, and made excellent suggestions, and was extremely helpful at a very short notice, Rachel is flexible, and so easy to work with, i highly recommend Rachel for academic work.


Having worked with Rachel previously it was an easy choice for me to go back to her as a proofreader, this time for my PhD thesis. Just like earlier, working with her has been an absolute pleasure. I had very little time to hand in my PhD thesis, but Rachel managed to work on my tight schedule, sending all her feedback timely. She also added comments and explanations to her proofreading-edits and sent a very useful personalised style-guide, which made it easy for me to follow the rationale behind her work and, I believe, has improved my writing as well. I would always go back to Rachel for proofreading any type of work, and would highly recommend her to anyone who needs an excellent proofreader!


Rachel has been a great proofreader and she has been very helpful. She was always available and willing to help, checking all small details of my paper and making sure she understood what I wanted to say in my paper. I learnt a lot from this experience and think that after her help, my writing techniques improved a lot! If I need a proofreader again, I will definitely contact her.

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