Laura Hayward | Academic copyeditor and proofreader

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Professional and friendly copyediting and proofreading for academic documents – If your academic document is important to you, then it is also important to me. I am an editorial professional and former teacher with over 10 years of combined experience in the academic world. I have spent much of my working life analysing, marking and editing texts, and I take pride in helping people to make their written words as effective as possible.

Editorial services

I offer a personal and reliable service to students, academics and publishers for a range of editing needs.

Students – Proofreading and reference checking. These services are suitable for (but are not limited to): theses, dissertations, essays and assignments.

Academics – Copyediting, proofreading and reference checking. These services are suitable for (but are not limited to): research papers, journal articles, monographs and book chapters.

Publishers – Copyediting and proofreading for academic books, textbooks and journals.

ESL – Copyediting, proofreading and reference checking for students and academics for whom English is a second language.

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Why choose me?

Trained professional – I have experience in editing a range of academic texts, and I have worked with academics across the world on research papers and journal articles for various publications. I am familiar with a number of referencing styles, and I can work with both British English and US English editorial conventions. My editing experience is supported by accredited and assessed training, completed at The Publishing Training Centre (London), in which I gained a distinction.

Academic background – My subject specialism is Classics, and I hold an MA in Classics (with distinction) from University College London. I also have a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from King’s College London, and I previously taught Classics at a leading school in London. Working within a rigorous academic field for a number of years has allowed me to develop a love of language and its mechanics, as well as a keen eye for detail and accuracy.

Reliable service – I have extensive experience in working to a deadline. Your document will be returned on time and on budget. I am also a member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading, and I abide by their code of practice for editorial excellence.

Friendly support – I will respect your writing style and authorial voice, and I will provide helpful suggestions and comments to support your corrections and revisions. I also have hands-on experience of teaching students for whom English is a second language. I am, therefore, very familiar with the challenges that non-native speakers can face in their academic written work, and I very much enjoy proofreading and editing such documents.

Subject areas

I am happy to work with texts in most areas of the humanities and social sciences, but my main subjects are: archaeology, art history, Classics (including Greek and Latin languages), education, English literature, history (ancient and modern), law, linguistics, pedagogy and translation studies.

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If you have any questions or would like to request a quote, then please get in touch. You can contact me by using the contact button above, by email: [email protected] or via my website:


Laura’s feedback is very detailed and punctual, with very useful advice from an academic writing perspective. I often keep her advice for study, and it has helped me a lot. Thank you, Laura!


Laura‘s feedback is very detailed and punctual, with useful advice from an academic writing perspective. I often save her advice for study, and it has helped me a lot. Thank you Laura!


Laura is a very friendly proofreader with high professional qualifications. She made very detailed annotations to my essay and was very respectful of my arguments. She is also very clear about the format and the layout required and would give suggestions about the adjustments. Laura gave me a lot of encouragement which relive my anxiety of my essay.

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