I completed my PhD in health psychology at Birkbeck, University of London, where I was supervised by Professor Jonathan A Smith and used interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) to explore the experience of living with and being treated for end-stage renal disease. Since then, I have worked on projects at the universities of Hull, Bristol, Manchester, Portsmouth and UCL, researching topics including adherence to HIV medication and the wellbeing of GPs. I have expertise in qualitative methods, particularly IPA and thematic analysis. I have published a wide range of papers, which you can check out on my Google Scholar Profile. I continue to do academic work as a freelance researcher. In addition, I have worked as a sub-editor and proof-reader for many years. I spent around a decade as a sub-editor in London, working on magazines and newspapers including the Independent and the Radio Times. I am now based in Bristol, where I run PGPR, write fiction and do lots of yoga.
Johanna proof read my thesis earlier this year and I had every confidence in her suggestions and changes. With her knowledge of doctoral level education, she was able to bring an academic background to the work as well as a technical one. This I believe gave her (and therefore me) an advantage. She was quick to reply to queries, always delivered on time and was professional even when I was very stressed. Would be happy to recommend Johanna to other PhD students.
I was first worried about the quality of my work, but when an academic suggested Dr. Spiers to proof read it, I was able to submit a well-designed, well-structured and well-written thesis.
Johanna proofread my PhD thesis. I was grateful for her speedy and professional work, and I would certainly recommend her to anyone needing academic proofreading. Johanna is an excellent and very skilled proofreader.
Thank you very much, your comments are so useful and like I said before, I feel much more confident in the work which is really amazing!
Your edits have been so helpful in getting to grips with academic writing.
I just want to say a big ‘Thank You’ again for your support. It actually looks and feels like a proper thesis now. It’s incredible what some nice little comments can do for one’s confidence.
I was unsure initially whether having my thesis professionally proofread would be worth the money spent. I am so glad that I decided to ask Johanna to do this for me. The quality and speed of the work was amazing and so many improvements was suggested in terms of grammar, spelling and, in particular for me, the referencing. Although the work is my own, the assistance of Johanna meant that I did not lose marks due to tiredness induced errors and lack of knowledge on the finer nuances of academic referencing in APA! I thoroughly recommend Johanna to anyone who is looking for a professional proofreader.
I have found your advice invaluable! It’s really tightened the chapters up and I feel much more confident in the output!
Johanna's proof-reading is excellent; she works at the speed of light and goes the extra mile to help with your thesis.
I can HONESTLY say that I’ve learnt so much from your corrections and editing insight. What would I do without you?!
Your feedback is much appreciated and you are such an excellent IPA researcher! I think I will continue to seek help from you in the future.
Just sharing the good news that, today, my corrections were confirmed! I learnt so much from you during the process of writing-up - and am eternally grateful to have found you!
Let me say how impressed I am with your attention to detail and the astute comments you make! Really impressive and you have encouraged me to re-think aspects of my thesis.
I just wished to say that I value every comment you have made. In fact I agree with every one.
As the part-time front-of-house admin assistant, I am on hand for an hour each morning and afternoon in the PGPR inbox, helping to connect our clients with the proof-reader who most meets their needs. I also send the invoices when the work's been completed and help maintain the systems behind the scenes. If you come to us with a project that needs polishing, I'll likely be your first port of call!Read more
In 2020 I completed an MA in Creative Writing and Publishing with City, University of London. Since then, I have been working on my first novel (a comedy sci-fi) and editing fiction for US-based sci-fi magazine Utopia.Read more
I am based in Aotearoa New Zealand and completed my PhD in education at the University of Waikato in 2019. My doctoral research used interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) as the methodological framework to explore the lived experiences of students who had been radically accelerated at school and entered university early.Read more
In 2009, I completed my BA in philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London. During those ‘early years’ in the world of academia, I developed a love for existentialism, phenomenology and philosophy of mind (which hasn't left me since!). Shortly after graduating, I decided to go straight back to university to complete a conversion MSc programme in psychology at the University of East London.Read more
It wasn't until I was introduced to qualitative methods in my third year of my BSc that I fell in love with research. I now have a BSc in Psychology and Criminology, an MSc in Psychology of Health and Wellbeing, and a PhD in discursive psychology. I have worked as a research assistant on various qualitative projects, including the process evaluation for an NHS mental health trial. I am now working for the Civil Service as a Social Research Analyst.Read more
I took a roundabout route to my role at PGPR. My first degree was in aeronautical and astronautical engineering, after which I worked as an engineer on science spacecraft and communications ground stations. I relocated to California in 2002, which meant I couldn’t work as an engineer, so I decided to pursue my interest in psychology.Read more
Having taught modern foreign languages in classrooms across Spain, France and the South East of England for a decade, I left teaching in 2017 to try life in the real world. My passion for creative and inclusive education never faltered, and I established an organisation assisting chronically ill children and teenagers in negotiating their schooling.Read more
I am a grammar nerd, English fanatic and problem-solver. I split my time between proof-reading awesome pieces of research for PGPR and working as a software developer.Read more
I’m originally from a small village in East Yorkshire, and I moved to York to study for an undergraduate degree in History. I then went to Norwich to complete a master’s degree in the same subject.Read more
I am a qualitative researcher and project supervisor with over ten years’ experience of using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). I was lucky enough to cross paths with Johanna when we were members of the same PhD group supervised by Professor Jonathan Smith at Birkbeck University.Read more
Brought up in the rural idyll of south Somerset by two fearsome grammar pedants who, themselves, had each been brought up by fearsome grammar pedants, I suppose it’s not the most shocking of outcomes that I became a professional proof-reader.Read more
As PGPR’s business manager, I work on the company rather than in it. Marketing, budgeting, accounts, strategies and future plans are all my domain. I mostly stay behind the scenes, but you might hear from me regarding anything which is connected to our work but which isn’t the proof-reading itself. I’m very much the quantitative yin to PGPR’s qualitative yang… and one day I hope to know really and truly what those words actually mean.
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