Dr Cathy Tingle

Membership Grade
Advanced Professional Member

About Cathy


Copyeditor and proofreader specialising in business, arts, humanities and social sciences. I train others in copyediting through Publishing Scotland. After completing my PhD in English Literature I worked in marketing and corporate communications. This background gives me an understanding of a wide range of subjects and the ability to edit sensitively and effectively. I have edited around 100 non-fiction books and a large number of articles, plus handbooks, blogs, websites and other business literature. Recently I've published a CIEP guide, Editing for Communications Professionals


  • Books
  • Multi-author books
  • Journals
  • Company literature
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Directories/yearbooks
  • Magazines
  • Websites/blogs
  • Newsletters
  • Online materials


Freelance since 2014

Editor, Edinburgh for Under Fives Handbook, 2010 to 2014

Corporate Communications Manager, City & Guilds, 2005 to 2010

Marketing and Publications Executive, City & Guilds, 2001 to 2005


  • Rewriting and Substantive Editing (PTC), 2022
  • Copyediting 2, Headway (SfEP), 2019
  • Brush Up Your Grammar (SfEP), 2018
  • Efficient Copyediting (SfEP), 2016
  • Advanced Copy-Editing (Publishing Scotland), 2015
  • Advanced Proofreading (Publishing Scotland), 2015
  • Welcome to Copy-Editing (Publishing Scotland), 2014


Copyediting and proofreading

  • Palgrave Macmillan (through a publishing agency)
  • Bloomsbury (through a publishing agency)
  • Routledge (through a publishing agency)
  • Taylor & Francis (through a publishing agency)
  • Manchester University Press (through a publishing agency)
  • University of Sussex
  • Emperor, an annual report production agency
  • University of Passau Department of Intercultural Communication
  • SPCK


Through Publishing Scotland I have taught copyediting to delegates from organisations including the National Galleries of Scotland, National Museums Scotland, the National Library of Scotland, the British Council, Canongate, Luath Press, Scotland Street Press, the James Hutton Institute and Prepress Projects. 



Business and management



Disability studies


Evolutionary biology

Gender studies


History (African; American; British; 19th century; 20th century)

Law (criminal; European; family; property; sports)

Literature (English; poetry, Shakespeare; Victorian)





Social policy

Social work

Television studies

Theatre studies


Town planning

Urban studies


BA in English Language and Literature

MA in Victorian Literature

PhD in English Literature


Cathy is far and away the best copyeditor with whom I have ever worked. She is highly professional, and the manuscript was greatly improved after her editing. In addition to catching errors, Cathy’s revisions improved the readability of the book significantly. She made me feel like I was collaborating with a colleague. I highly recommend her!

Dr Jon Davidann, Professor of History, Hawai’i Pacific University and author of six books

I was invited to write a second edition of my health psychology textbook. Once I was happy with my draft, the publisher sent it to Cathy for editing and proofreading. It is always a little bit scary handing over your hard work to someone else. I need not have worried. Cathy was polite, clear and kind with her feedback. Her proofreading was thorough, and her editing was sensitive ... Her hard work, eagle eyes and diligence made my writing better. I recommend her to you, without hesitation.

Dr Karen Rodham, Professor of Health Psychology, Department of Psychology, Staffordshire University

As a non-native English speaker, I have been working with Cathy Tingle successfully for many years and I am absolutely thrilled by her professional, fast and reliable work! She is not ‘simply’ a careful proofreader, but also shows an understanding for topics and context, which once again improves the quality of the articles.

Prof. Dr Christoph Barmeyer, Lehrstuhl für Interkulturelle Kommunikation, Universität Passau (Chair Intercultural Communication, University of Passau, Germany)


Associated skills

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