The Peer Proofreading Scheme will be open for a limited summer service for postgraduate masters students. The Scheme will be open from Monday 16th July until Friday 10th August 2018. This limited summer scheme will be specifically for Masters students seeking feedback on a section of their dissertation. Please note the scheme is offered on a first come, first serve basis and the full eligibility criteria is available on the EUSA website.
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
Students who are formally assessed as having dyslexia may be entitled to more comprehensive proofreading support, provided by the Student Disability Service.
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!
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! Institute of Academic Development – Has a wealth of information and resources designed to help students make the most of their learning. Read. Write. Cite. – This campaign aims to offer help with referencing, citations, and academic good conduct. Tandem Language Programme – Join in Tandem’s weekly events to improve your skills in a range of languages, including English. International Student Centre – Meet new friends from all over the world and travel Scotland. EUSA Volunteering – Get involved in the local community, make new friends, and build your CV! EUSA Global – Learn more about global activities run by your Students’ Association
This workshop is open to all postgraduate taught (PGT) students.
A dissertation is a significant piece of academic writing and a major investment of time and effort. It is also the defining feature of a Master’s degree, so it is worth presenting it well.
This interactive session will introduce strategies to help you incorporate revising into your personal writing process. It will highlight tricky things which tend to catch students out, suggest useful tools and offer tips to help you submit your best work.
(PGT) Writing Bootcamp for Taught Postgraduate Students (2 Day Workshop)
Friday 22nd June and Wednesday 27th June @ 08:45-17:00
There are now more places available on this workshop, booking closes on Friday 15th June 2018. Places are going fast, so to book your place please click here.
This is a 2-day workshop taking place on Friday 22nd and Wednesday 27th of June 2018. Please only book a place if you are available for both days. You will be asked to confirm your availability.
Are you a taught postgraduate student working on your dissertation? Or trying to write a publication? Would you like an opportunity to be able to learn some writing techniques, and have space to practise them?
The Writing Bootcamp will give you a time and place for you to write without the distractions of emails, Facebook, Twitter and everyday life. There will be over 8 hours of writing time across the two days of the Writing Bootcamp. Each day will be split into half-day sessions and begin with a short Bitesize workshop, discussing tips and techniques. These will be followed by writing blocks where you will be writing based on your preparation. There will also be time between day 1 and day 2 to work your writing project. Participants will be sent the schedule and preparation instructions in advance of the Writing Bootcamp.
This workshop is open to all postgraduate taught (PGT) students.
A dissertation is a significant piece of academic writing and the defining feature of a Master’s degree, so it is worth taking time to consider your structure.
This interactive session will help you step back from the detail of your writing and take an overview of your dissertation. It will suggest practical ways you can isolate the main themes of your work and develop a convincing order to present your ideas. We will also discuss the purpose of key sections of academic dissertations.
You will have the opportunity to self-review your dissertation outline, but the tutor will be unable to give subject-specific advice.
Pre-course work Participants are asked to bring a one-page outline of their own dissertation.
With that last full stop, the writing task is done. Or is it? This course looks at the many stages of copy-editing and proof-reading that must be done before the dissertation is submitted or the academic paper published. We look at some myths about writing, identify common errors and offer a range of techniques for spotting them. Proof correction marks are introduced and put into practice in a peer feedback session.
Pre-course Work In preparation for the course, each participant should bring a sample of their academic writing, which they would be willing to discuss with the tutor, and (optionally) with other participants (approx.600 words). Please bring 3 copies of your sample work along on the day.
This workshop is for suitable for all taught postgraduate (PGT) students who are thinking about starting or have started their dissertation.
A dissertation is a key part of a masters programme. It’s a chance for you to plan and undertake a significant body of your own research. This can be a very rewarding experience, but can present many challenges: What exactly is a dissertation and what does it look like? Where do I start? When do I stop? How do I do it?
This interactive workshop will focus on practical strategies for successfully completing your dissertation; from emphasizing the importance of good planning to actually getting started with writing. Themes of the workshop include:
Thinking about the examiner’s point of view
Critical reading and analysis of sources, and writing