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Dissertation Survival Guide: Step Six Finishing Touches

Guidance on how to complete your Dissertation/Final Year Project and make the most of Library and IT Services and Resources

Presenting your work using Microsoft Word

You’ve written everything you think you need to include, but the page numbers don’t want to co-operate! Your headings look wonky and how on earth do you create a table of contents at the front? Never fear, the Digital Skills team is here - they’ve loads of help on using software like Word to format your dissertation:

  • Assign and modify styles in a document
  • Use the navigation pane to move through a document
  • Implement page and section breaks in a document
  • Insert and manage page numbering
  • Insert a table of contents
  • Practice useful shortcuts

Ask a critical friend

Before you print and bind your work, make sure you proof read it and remove any typos etc. 

To really take your dissertation/final year project to the next level, why not ask a “critical friend” to read it first? This should preferably be someone not on your course who can point out mistakes and sections that are unclear BEFORE you print.

If you want to pay a professional proofreader, that is your choice. However, beware of any service that says they will improve your writing or write part or all of it for you! Companies offering to write/rewrite your work for a fee are illegal, and using them is classed as academic misconduct.

Legitimate proofreading services will only provide guidance on spelling, grammar, and errors in formatting. For further detail, please see the University's proofreading policy.

Binding your dissertation

If you are required to submit a print copy of your dissertation, yu can print it out and bind it in the Library. There are binding machines in the Library opposite the Printing Hubs on floors 3 and 5. You can purchase the necessary materials from the Help Desk on Floor 4. 

If you prefer a professional to take over, Printing Services can bind your dissertation for you for a charge.


Read&Write is software that will enable the computer to read anything on your computer screen aloud. You may find this useful in proof-reading your own dissertation. It is available via UniDesktop and on Library computers.

For other assistive technology, check the HudStudy information.