The short answer is – YES!
The majority of UK universities ALLOW proofreading. However, we must point out that there are a handful who DO NOT allow proofreading AT ALL. Remember it is up to you to ensure that your faculty allows proofreading.
The longer answer? It may depend on your university, faculty or even type of document you are working on.
Here is a selection of universities that we have checked allow proofreading.
University of East Anglia – Yes.
Sussex – Yes.
Sheffield Hallam University – Yes
Warwick – Yes
Bournemouth University – Yes. But not allowed to “substantially change” the work.
Keele University – Yes.
University of Bradford – Yes, but not ideal.
Pay for a proof-reading service – this is not an education institution’s preferred solution as it does not stretch the student and will not guarantee their competence once in the world of work. (policy)
University of Leicester – Yes (policy)
Manchester – Yes (policy)
Reading – Yes (policy)
Surprisingly there were some universities that didn’t allow proofreading. Here they are:
Leeds – No. (policy)
Oxford – No, if under 10,000 words.
The use of third party proof-readers is not permitted for work where the word limit is fewer than 10,000 words. (policy)
University of Brighton – Not really allowed or as they put it “strongly discouraged.” (policy)
The use of professional proofreaders or services offered as ‘proof reading’ or ‘editorial services’ is strongly discouraged. The University does not consider this to be conducive to the development of students’ own academic writing skills and the student may run the major risk that such assistance may constitute academic misconduct.
When you use London Proofreaders you can rest assured that our service will comply with guidelines outlined by most UK universities.
The document is returned to you with the “tracked changes” marked allowing you to accept or reject the final changes, as per university guidelines.