Peer Proofreading

Peer Proofreading

The Graduate School Peer Proofreading Forum

This is a peer-led student forum designed to help both native and non-native speakers of English in proofreading their academic work. It is an opportunity for cultural exchange and to develop a network within the postgraduate community whilst supporting each other.

Are you an international student who faces the challenge of using English as a second language?

Would like to develop academic writing skills in proofreading?

Are you native English speaker looking for a rewarding opportunity?

Are you willing to support others whilst improving your own skills and boosting your CV with some unique experiences?

 

Then we have the perfect opportunity for you.

We are looking for participants to join our Graduate School Peer Proofreading Forum!  

Aims of the Forum

  • To offer proofreading support at the Graduate School so that students do not have to rely on external sources
  • To provide a valuable and rewarding opportunity, a chance for participants to boost their CV by developing new skills and experience through collaborative working
  • To improve the sense of community amongst our diverse PG students through networking and peer support

 

How does the Peer Proofreading Forum work?

  • Beginning on 10th July, the forum will take place every Tuesday evening for 8 weeks from 5-8pm in TR2 at the Graduate School.
  • Please don't worry if you can't stay the whole time, you are more than welcome to drop-in. 
  • Each session will begin with a short masterclass in spotting and correcting common errors in academic language.
  • The forum will be guided by Graduate School staff, but is designed to help student peers support each other in a safe environment.
  • Students are encouraged to bring samples of their own work to demonstrate common errors or best practice.
  • If you are a PGR student, participation in this forum can count towards your training record
  • You will be eligible to apply for researcher/degree plus route B awards. 
  • Native speakers of English will have the opportunity to develop mentoring skills and non-native speakers will have the opportunity to learn from their peers and ask questions in a relaxed and informal environment. 
  • All participants will be asked to fill out a short survey to help the Graduate School improve and develop the scheme for the future.  
It is important to note that Proofreaders can only comment on the spelling, grammar and clarity of the written English. They are not permitted to comment on the subject matter or to offer advice on the idea or argument.  

 

How can I get involved?

If you are interested in participating please sign up via MyFuture

Additionally, if you are interested in becoming a peer proofreader within the forum, please click the button below, complete the form and return it to pg.skills@qub.ac.ukThis will help us gauge your existing skills and help us to tailor any additional training and opportunities to meet your needs. 

This is a pilot forum and there will be limited spaces available. If you are not allocated a space on this pilot forum, your name will be held on a waiting list should you wish to participate in semester 1 of the next academic year. 

 

Eligibility

  • This forum is open to all postgraduate students  
  • Everyone is encouraged to bring along samples of their work to discuss common errors and best practice
  • This forum is for academic work only. We can provide support for CVs, cover letters and job applications separately through the Graduate School 1-2-1 appointments scheme
  • Everyone is allowed to participate. However, if you have been formally assessed by Disability Services then you could be entitled to more comprehensive proofreading support, please contact the Disability Advisor from your school for more information

Peer Proofreader Application