Top Tips for Dissertation Binding

Attention Students!

Since re-opening after New Year we seem to have a rush on thesis binding - you students must've been working hard over the holiday season!

When I was writing my dissertation I lost count of how many chocolate digestives I ate whilst procrastinating!  Although we can't help you write your essay, we can certainly get it ready for submission for you!  Here are a few top tips to make the process a little easier.

  • First, and most importantly, please leave us enough time for binding

Binding books is not an instant process.  First we print it (if you need us to), thread sew it and then we glue it up and trim the edges.  After that we make a hard cover to fit, letter it with your name and title of your thesis before finally putting the book block into it's case and pressing it.  Even after all that, someone checks it to make sure it is up to our high standards before it is ready for collection.

This whole process means that your book could be worked on by several different people with the majority of this work being done by hand.  We can offer services from a 3 day turnaround up to a 2 hour service but please note you will be charged a higher rate the shorter the turnaround! 

  • Save your document in PDF format.

Check your whole document!  We don't read your thesis - mostly we don't even understand your title - so please check it for spelling errors, get it proof read, look for images or tables which don't fit on the page and remember we will charge you our colour printing rate for every page which contains a coloured heading or a blue hyperlink.

Once you are happy with your document save it as a PDF.  If you don't know how to, we can tell you here.  We need it like this to guarantee the layout and pagination of your document looks exactly the same on our computer screen as it does on yours.

Watch this video to see how we bind your thesis!

  • Come and see us!

We are open from 7:30am until 5:00pm Monday to Thursday and from 7:30am until 2:30pm on Fridays.  During these opening hours I guarantee someone will be there to talk to you.  If the door is shut when you arrive please just turn the handle and come in and see us - I know this sounds stupid but we have had a couple of Ph.D. students who can manage to write hundreds of pages on subjects I could never hope to understand but who seem unable to comprehend the door handle!

  • We've got your spec covered

We understand that you are trusting us with many years of hard work but from this point on you can leave the rest to us!  We bind dissertations every single day so we know what we're doing!  We have your University Specification and will bind your dissertation ready for submission.  If you are at a Glasgow based university we can even deliver it to your tutor for you!  Don't panic, we got this!

  • Or just do the whole thing online!

You can of course make things even easier for yourself by uploading your thesis to us online!  The form will take you through all the relevant details and payment process.  You can then either come and collect it in person or we can courier it to you or your University.

Check our our thesis pages for more info, prices and our online upload form.