Jane Bottomley

Jane Bottomley - Editor

Manchester, UK

Experienced freelance professional providing services in writing, editing and proofreading. Expertise in academic and scientific English.

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As a writer and editor of educationaI and professional materials, I am able to draw on over 30 years' experience in English language and literacy education. This includes 14 years as a Senior Language Tutor at the University of Manchester, two years as a lexicographer at Cambridge University Press, and over five years as a writer and editor of study skills textbooks. As well as collaborating on a number of high-profile learner dictionaries, I have authored a well-regarded textbook on scientific writing with Routledge, and I am series editor and co-author of the popular Critical Study Skills series with Critical Publishing. In my writing and editing career, I have developed a detailed understanding of the publishing world and have guided a number of books through the proposal, manuscript and proof stages.

"Her work is always carefully considered and meticulous. Her work ethic and attention to detail are second to none and it is always a pleasure to collaborate with her." Julia Morris, Director, Critical Publishing

I have worked with many students, academics and professionals to help them improve the quality of their writing and communicate in a clear, effective way. I understand what it takes to create a successful text, from the foundations of coherent structure and organisation to the art of a well-turned phrase. I have expert knowledge of English grammar and punctuation, and have published my own guides on these. I have a true eye for detail, and you can be confident that I will edit and proofread your text to the very highest standard. Furthermore, as an active writer, I understand the writing process and the importance of writing with a target reader in mind. I edit with a writer's eye, and I can help you to communicate your voice and ideas with accuracy, precision and elegance. I can help you make your writing flow.

I believe that the best texts emerge if there is good communication and understanding between the author and the editor, and I will do my utmost to make sure this is the case. I am passionate about creating well-written, readable books which educate and inspire, and I look forward to collaborating with authors who share this vision.
English (UK)
Education & Reference
Engineering & Materials Science
Health & wellbeing
Life Sciences
Medicine & Nursing & Dentistry
Physics & Chemistry


  • MA English Language and Linguistics, University of Manchester, Distinction
  • SfEP member


  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Senior Fellow, Mentor and Assessor, BALEAP, the global forum for EAP professionals (SFBALEAP)

Work experience

Freelance writer, editor, teacher and educational consultant

July, 2018 – Present (almost 2 years)

Writing and editing of educational and professional books and materials
Proofreading of books and academic papers
Teaching, training and consultancy

Senior Language Tutor

University of Manchester
January, 2003 – June, 2018 (over 15 years)

Teaching of English for Academic Purposes
Academic writing development for students and academic staff
Materials writing
Editing and proofreading of academic papers
Textbook writing and editing


Cambridge University Press
January, 1999 – August, 2001 (over 2 years)

Researching and writing dictionary entries for Cambridge Learner Dictionaries
Developing grammar labels and usage notes
Developing study aids

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Studying for your Social Work Degree (Critical Study Skills)

Jane Bottomley, Patricia Cartney, Steven Pryjmachuk

Studying for your Education Degree (Critical Study Skills)

Jane Bottomley, Steven Pryjmachuk, David Waugh

Academic Writing for International Students of Science

Jane Bottomley

Academic Writing for International Students of Science

Academic Writing for International Students of Science

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