Rachel DuncanProfessional Member
|Location||Leeds, West Yorkshire|
Experienced academic and non-fiction proofreader – I offer professional, friendly and personalised editorial support and have worked on PhD theses, master’s dissertations and academic journal papers, book chapters, blog essays and travel writing, business documents, magazine articles and content for web pages.
I have helped a variety of clients to ensure that their written material is free from errors and consistent in content and presentation, including the formulation of style sheets and guides where necessary.
My academic background is in the humanities and social sciences with an interdisciplinary degree within which I focused on philosophy. This honed my analytical, writing and critical reading skills, and has given me a keen eye for identifying ambiguity and inconsistency.
I have particular experience of working with people for whom English is a second/foreign language (ESL/EFL), helping to ensure their writing flows smoothly and naturally.
"Rachel was such a joy to work with! Not only is she hardworking and very thorough but mostly important delivers the work on time. She is extremely meticulous and truly added value to my thesis. I will definitely be making use of her services again." Dr Ramya Sheni
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Contact me to have a short sample of your work proofread for free, and find out how I can help you. Send an email to: [email protected]
- working with EFL/ESL
- editing into plain/clear English
I have wide experience of working with the following:
- theses, dissertations and academic essays
- journal articles
- PhD research proposals
- chapters in multi-author books
- website material
Freelance since 2020.
- Copyediting 2: Headway (Merit) (CIEP)
- Copyediting 1: Introduction (CIEP)
- References (CIEP)
- Word for Practical Editing (CIEP)
- Proofreading Theses and Dissertations (CIEP)
- Basic Proofreading (Merit) (PTC)
- students and academics
- writers in ESL/EFL, international students and academics
- independent authors
- organisations and charities
- businesses and entrepreneurs
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- social sciences, arts and humanities
- South Asia studies - India in particular
- peace studies
- cultural and media studies
- comparative religion
- sustainability studies
Qualifications and awards
- BA Interdisciplinary Human Studies (First Class)
- Cambridge ESOL Level 5 Certificate - CELTA
- NCFE Level 3 Award in Education and Training with a focus on ESOL
- ELT Training.com Grammar for Language Teachers online course
- Permaculture Design Certificate
Having worked with Rachel previously it was an easy choice for me to go back to her as a proofreader, this time for my PhD thesis. Just like earlier, working with her has been an absolute pleasure. I had very little time to hand in my PhD thesis, but Rachel managed to work on my tight schedule, sending all her feedback timely. She also added comments and explanations to her proofreading-edits and sent a very useful personalised style-guide, which made it easy for me to follow the rationale behind her work and, I believe, has improved my writing as well. I would always go back to Rachel for proofreading any type of work, and would highly recommend her to anyone who needs an excellent proofreader!
Monika Hirmer, PhD candidate, SOAS University of London
I’ve been very impressed with Rachel’s work; not only is she fast, efficient and accurate, but she is also clearly aware of the subtleties of the subject matter.
I recently employed her, along with three other proofreaders, to work on a multi-author academic volume of African studies. Rachel’s work was significantly more accurate and responsive to the authors’ intentions than was the others’ work. She was also able to ensure good use of English while preserving the author’s style – a valuable skill which goes beyond regular proofreading, and is especially useful in international academic work. She liaised with me well and generally made the whole project go much more smoothly than it would have without her input.
I highly recommend her work.
Jessica Aitken, Inkwell Proofreading and Editing
I have worked with Rachel for some time, including sometimes subcontracting academic proofreading work to her. She pays attention to detail, is thorough, has a good grasp of English grammar and is qualified to teach English as a Foreign Language, so she is also very good at proofreading documents written by non-native speakers of English. I work to a high standard and Rachel’s reliability, professional approach and the quality of her work make her a pleasure to work with and easy to communicate with. I have no doubts in recommending her to anyone looking for an academic proofreader.
Dawn Leggott, Dawn Leggott Consulting Ltd
I have worked with Rachel in the past two years as Principal Investigator of Project dldl/ድልድል. Rachel helped to proofread our English website (projectdldl.org) and dedicatedly supports the proofreading of our blog. Her work is highly professional, thoughtful and considerate of our contributors’ diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Rachel is very conscious of epistemological inequalities in knowledge production and publishing and is very careful not to impose Anglophone or other rigid standards when proofreading the work of our diverse contributors, allowing them to express themselves as well as guiding them to write clearly and effectively in English. I consider it a privilege to be working with Rachel and I would recommend her without any reservations.
Dr Romina Istratii
I am very pleased with Rachel’s proofreading; I would call it First Class professional proofreading, Rachel is extremely thorough, and made excellent suggestions, and was extremely helpful at very short notice. Rachel is flexible, and so easy to work with, I highly recommend Rachel for academic work.
Dr Saleh Dhumad