I have a degree in English and have worked as a proofreader and copy-editor since 2004. I am a member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders. I specialise in dissertations and theses, academic papers and books. I worked in higher education alongside the business for many years, and am now Senior Teaching Associate in Academic Skills in the Department of English at the University of Bristol, teaching students returning to education. I also travel to PR China annually to teach talented students hoping to study at British Russell Group universities.
Proofreading and copy-editing: every error in spelling, grammar and format is corrected, and (if requested) I also provide a detailed report with suggestions on how to address any recurring mistakes, as well as improving structure and tone. I will then work with you to improve your work as much as possible before submission/publication. I am also available to do line-editing in some cases, but please be aware that line-editing (editing for content, sense, structure and argument) is a different skill to copy-editing (editing for format, grammatical consistency and phraseology).
UCAS applications: I advise students writing their UCAS forms or preparing for an Oxbridge interview, and teachers and parents supporting students in these tasks. I am sufficiently good at this to be flown out to PR China every summer to work with students there. For British students, parents and staff, I can help write and edit Personal Statements, choose courses and universities, and conduct practice interviews, as well as preparing students for the other rigours of university life.
Teaching: I offer teaching in study skills at the University of Bristol on the Foundation Year in Humanities and the part-time BA in English Literature and Community Engagement. In 2017-8 and 2018-9, I will also be convening the dissertation unit for the Foundation Year and acting as one of three course directors.
Writing: you can find my blog on words, writing and education in its various forms at thefilthycomma.wordpress.com. I am also a published fiction writer (see the 2018 Bristol Short Story anthology, which includes my shortlisted story ‘Dogging’).
For more information or to book me for a job, please use the ‘Contact Jess‘ page above.