Beverley Sykes

Professional Member
Location Solihull, near Birmingham, UK
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Mobile 07503 845 938


On-screen proofreading, on-screen copy-editing, editing non-native English, anglicising


I have been freelance since 2009. I previously practised as a solicitor for approximately 7 years, specialising in personal injury litigation. I have co-run the South Warwickshire/Coventry local group of the SfEP since the summer of 2015.

Recent clients

I have mainly worked for individual academics, researchers and postgraduate students, but I have also worked for research institutes, government-funded bodies, businesses, publishers, translators and a charity. Books or book chapters that I have proofread have subsequently been published by publishers such as Pickering and Chatto, Ashgate, Cambridge University Press and the European Commission, and clients’ journal articles have been published in international peer-reviewed journals owned by publishers such as Springer, CUP, Oxford University Press, SAGE, Elsevier and Wiley.

Pulisher clients have included Zed Books, The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, and the Oxford Internet Institute.


Journal articles, theses and dissertations, non-fiction books and book chapters, multi-author books, reports, conference papers, project proposals, grant applications


I have worked on a wide variety of subject areas, including humanities (English literature, history, philosophy, public health, public health ethics), social sciences (sociology, political science, social geography, gender studies, social anthropology, ethnology), law (general, civil litigation), architecture, artificial intelligence, disaster risk management, nursing, physiotherapy, health and rehabilitation, music technology, education, business and marketing, digital news and e-commerce. I've worked on other subjects, too, so would probably be able to help you even if your subject area isn't in this list.

Qualifications and awards

BA (Hons) English Literature and History (University of Kent)

CPE (Common Professional Examination – law conversion course for non-law graduates; Chester College of Law)

Law Society Final Exam (qualification required prior to training as a solicitor; Chester College of Law)

Diploma in Personal Injury Litigation (Manchester Metropolitan University)


Society for Editors and Proofreaders

Attended the following workships/talks at the SfEP conference 2017: Pricing projects; Getting the most out of PerfectIt; Changing skills in publishing.

Attended the following workshops/talks at the SfEP conference 2016: Introduction to copy-editing and proofreading legal texts; Editing fiction; Editing business text: an in-house editor’s perspective.

Macro training day (Paul Beverley, Advanced Professional Member, SfEP) 2014

Introduction to copy-editing (one-day course) 2012

Publishing Training Centre

Basic proofreading by distance learning – merit 2009

Home study

Brush up your grammar (online course, SfEP) 2014

Basic editing: A practical course by Nicola Harris 2012-2013


Bev did an amazing job on my book manuscript on a very tight timeline. She's fast, thorough and knows both UK and American publishers' requirements cold. She spotted things not even my editor or press copy-editor found. I was able to turn in extremely clean copy and get my book into a spring printing.

Dr Deirdre McKay, Keele University, UK

Beverley is a delight to work with: quick, thorough, and dependable. I have no hesitation in recommending her for proofreading.

Daniele Och, Production Director, Zed Books

Bev has an exemplary attention to detail, and her work is of the highest quality. Bev is a true professional and I continue to recommend her to colleagues and students without hesitation.

Dr Ilia Xypolia, Department of Politics & International Relations, University of Aberdeen, UK

I would really like to recommend Beverley Sykes' Superscript Proofreading Services. Her comments on our manuscripts have been very helpful; they are professional, instructive, creative and always on time. I would also like to thank Bev for her positive and helpful attitude.

Professor Bo Nilsson, Umeå University, Sweden

I worked with Beverley on the translation into English of a French-language magazine on Brussels luxury stores. It was rather urgent when I contacted her, and she stepped into it very professionally. She always met with the deadlines and her suggestions for improvement were spot-on. She also motivated the changes she proposed very clearly in her notes. A pleasure to work with.

Kristof Dams, Belgium

Beverley provides excellent, thorough proofreading. She is quick and reliable, but also takes time to educate the author on specific points for improvement in terms of style and grammar. Accordingly, she enhances not only the quality of the text, but also the author’s writing skills.

Virgil Rerimassie, Researcher, Rathenau Instituut, The Netherlands