About Me

Simon CollI’m a native UK English speaker, born and bred in London, though I’m now based in Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland. For the last four years, I’ve been studying at University College London (UCL), where I’m currently completing a PhD in Cold War History. I’ve previously studied at the University of Cambridge, where I gained a first-class degree in Modern Languages (German and Russian).

Aside from my academic work, I have eight years’ experience of language editing and teaching. Since December 2014, I’ve written and acted as Managing Editor for History to the Public, a public engagement history website that I founded with several other young researchers. There, I’ve provided copyediting for every post published, many of which are written by non-native English speakers (including academics from China, Germany, Italy and Lebanon). I also work as a part-time copyeditor for a journal based at Soochow University in China, and have provided editing services (both paid and unpaid) to other research students throughout my PhD.

In addition, I’ve worked in a range of teaching positions, including as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) both in the UK and abroad, and as a Learning Support Assistant at a secondary school in London.

When I’m not editing, translating or trying to get some writing done, I love immersing myself in books — mostly history, of course, but also science-fiction of all sorts. I also enjoy playing and writing about video games, and have worked as an amateur voice actor on various online projects.

If you’d like more specifics on my background, here’s my CV: