Many students seek proofreading services at some point during their studies. The University is keen to ensure as far as possible that there is a shared understanding of what proofreading work should entail and the acceptable boundaries to any intervention on a student text.


The systems and protocols described in the University policy and guidance on proofreading (.pdf) are the result of an ongoing project to review commercial and third-party proofreading on campus, ensuring best practice in proofreading at the University in relation to student texts.

Register of local proofreaders

Skills for Success maintains a list of local freelance proofreaders (Essex users only) who offer their services to students and staff at Essex. Please be aware that Skills for Success doesn't seek to promote proofreading of student work, nor to recommend proofreaders on this list.

The proofreaders on this list have read and agreed to abide by the University policy and guidance on proofreading (.pdf). Before contacting any proofreaders on the list, please make sure you have read and understood the policy and guidance document.

Note for proofreaders

Our list of proofreaders is the only permitted form of proofreader advertising at the University. To add your name to the list of local proofreaders, please complete the registration form (.docx) and the checklist (.docx) and email it to

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