Melanie Gee MA(Oxon) MSc MSocInd
I have a BA(Hons) in Physics from Oxford University and a Masters in Information Management from the University of Sheffield. Other qualifications I have picked up along the way include an ALCM diploma in pianoforte and a Certificate in Environmental Conservation. I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I began my career as a patent examiner, where I honed my analytical and communication skills, learned how to get to the heart of problems and find pragmatic solutions. Having an interest in wildlife conservation, I have also worked with a wildlife trust and in biological records centres.
More recently, I have spent several years working in academia, initially in a university library service, and then in a research centre. In this latter role I undertook and published literature reviews and qualitative research in the field of health and wellbeing (see my Publications). I also taught and supervised doctoral students, designed search strategies, and improved students' and colleagues' literature searches and reviews.
I now work as a full-time indexer and proofreader.
I am an Advanced Professional Member of the Society of Indexers (SI) and coordinator for its Yorkshire group, organising and running indexers' professional development activities. I qualified in 2013, when I was the joint winner of the SI Betty Moys Award for the most promising newly accredited indexer.
My diverse educational and professional background and interests make me well-placed to index texts in a variety of subject areas (see Indexing subjects for details).
I have undertaken formal training with the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading. I have proof-read academic colleagues' and students' work, from grant applications to final reports, papers, and theses. I have also supported and supervised doctoral students. I am available to proofread dissertations and theses (see Proofreading subjects for details).
I consider myself fortunate to live in the city of Sheffield in the UK. I belong to a friendly community of Sheffield-based indexers, editors and proofreaders: invaluable for peer support. Living within walking distance of the libraries of Sheffield University and the edge of the Peak District, I am well-provided with scholarly and natural inspiration in equal measure.