Qualifications and experience:


  • BA (U. of Melb., 1973: majors in English and philosophy)
  • BA (U. of Syd., 2000: majors in psychology and ancient & medieval history)
  • MA (U. of Melb., 1983: philosophy by research)
  • Dip.Lang. (U. of Newcastle, 2018: six courses in Latin)


*Enrolled as a part-time PhD candidate in Classics, July 2018

Professional qualifications:

  • IPEd accreditation, September 2016: on 26 June 2016, I passed the biennial IPEd accreditation exam based on the Australian Standards for Editing Practice 
  • Dip. Editing & Publishing (Macleay, 2010)
  • Dip. Ed. (Melbourne State College, 1974)
Jo Killmister of Manifesto Editing has a number of qualifications
Jo Killmister began Manifesto Editing in January 2018


  • began Manifesto Editing, a freelance academic editing business, in January 2018
  • coordinated the Skills Enhancement Program, a source of learning support for students and editing for academics, in the Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle (2007-2017)
  • assessed manuscripts of various kinds for aspiring authors (1999-2003) and HSC English Extension 2 students (2000-2007) while rearing children, pursuing further studies and managing my family's moves up and down the eastern coastline of Australia
  • taught English at various Victorian secondary schools for 15 years (1975-1989), finishing with five years at Wesley College, Prahran

Editing areas of expertise:

  • PhD and master's theses
  • research proposals
  • academic journal articles
  • conference papers
  • formal documents such as grant applications
  • examination papers
  • business materials



  • NSW Writers' Centre (July 2006-continuing)
  • Editors NSW (July 2000-continuing)
  • IPEd professional member (2016-continuing), Editors NSW branch


  • Caroline Williams Prize in Classics 2016 (from the discipline of Ancient History and the Classical Languages, University of Newcastle)
  • Ann Lowry Memorial Prize in Latin 2017 (discipline details as above)
Manifesto Editing's area of expertise includes PhD and master's theses