Peer Proofreading

The Peer Proofreading scheme is currently OPEN for Masters students. 

This special summer scheme is open from Monday 16 July to Friday 10 August 2018. It is open to Masters students who are non-native English speakers and seeking feedback on a section of their dissertation. Please note we can only accept one 2, 000 word section and the scheme is offered on a first come, first serve basis. The full eligibility criteria is found below and please read this before submitting your work.

Click here to submit your work. Remember to validate your work after submitting, otherwise we won't receive it! If you have questions, please check our FAQ page or get in touch with us directly.


Please be aware that some courses, especially from English Language Education, are not eligible for proofreading. If the quality of English is specifically being assessed you should not use the scheme. If in doubt, ask your course organiser or tutor.


  • We can only accept assignments from non-native English speakers.
  • Students should submit assignments at least seven days before their deadline. If you submit your assignment after 5pm, we will not receive it until the next working day- please bear this in mind when calculating seven days: work submitted at the weekend will NOT be received until the following Monday!
  • Students may submit no more than one 2, 000 word section of their dissertation during the summer period.
  • Students must provide a valid University of Edinburgh email address.
  • Please remove any graphics from your work; work which is too large cannot be processed by our system.
  • We are unable to read resumes, CVs, applications for job, applications for programmes of study: the summer scheme is for sections of Masters dissertations only.

After submitting your work you will be emailed a validation link. Don't forget to click this, or we won't receive it!

Please note that the scheme operates on a first come-first serve basis, and we cannot guarantee to read all work submitted to the scheme.  If we are unable to proofread your work, we will endeavour to let you know within 24 hours.


How does Peer Proofreading work?
Our trained proofreading volunteers receive electronic copies of assignments submitted by other students; when they have proofread the work, the volunteers provide electronic comments and offer to meet with the other student to discuss their feedback in more detail.

Volunteer proofreaders comment only on the grammar, vocabulary, and general clarity of written English. They do not advise on subject matter or argumentation.

Volunteers and those making use of the scheme are asked to fill out a feedback form to help us evaluate and develop the scheme.

I want to volunteer to be a Proofreader.
Fantastic! We are currently accepting applications for new volunteers for the academic year 2018/2019. You can find out more about the Peer Proofreader role and register your interest here. We are accepting applications from undergraduate students in year 2 or beyond and postgraduate students at any stage. We will be considering applications over the summer then full training will be provided for successful applicants at the start of October 2018.

History and Aims of the Scheme

Edinburgh University Students' Association developed the Peer Proofreading Scheme in recognition of the demand among non-native English speaking students for help in proofreading assignments.  The Scheme is powered by reliable student volunteers, who proofread the work of fellow students.

The aims of the scheme are:

  • To increase access to trustworthy proofreading services on campus
  • To reduce dependency upon proofreading services among users of the scheme by training them to spot basic grammar and spelling errors
  • To enhance the sense of community among students at the university through peer support
  • To provide student volunteers with a rewarding volunteering opportunity, developing their transferable skills and experience


If you have any questions, feel free to email us at

Students who are formally assessed as having dyslexia may be entitled to more comprehensive proofreading support, provided by the Student Disability Service.

Other Useful Links

Peer Proofreading Scheme FAQs - Answers to frequently asked questions about how the Peer Proofreading Scheme works. If you have any questions about the Scheme, please start here!

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Last edited: 16/07/18