Sussex Estates and Facilities

Dissertation printing and binding


Please note that final submission of theses is currently by email in PDF format. Details of submission requirements can be found on the Research Student Administration Office web pages.

The Print Unit offers a thermal binding service suitable for dissertations and thesis submissions. We bind using a special cover with a clear front and white card back, with the pages glued into the spine.

You can either supply the printed document or we can print it for you. If you are supplying pre-printed pages, they must be flat and not folded, creased or dog-eared. If pages are not supplied perfectly flat it increases the risk of the binding coming apart.

The maximum number of sheets we can bind in a single book is 400 (assuming normal 80gsm copy paper). If your thesis exceeds this number of pages we may have to bind it in more than one volume.

Please note: thermal binding is a temporary binding only. Whilst we take care to ensure the integrity of every binding, it will not permanently hold pages securely, particularly after prolonged, repeated or careless handling.

Normal turnaround time for binding jobs is 24 hours.
The normal turnaround time for printing and binding is 3 working days
Sorry, but we are not able to offer a while-you-wait service.

Charges for binding only are as follows:

Small sizes (up to 12mm thick, approx 120 sheets): £2.50 per book
Large sizes (over 12mm thick, approx 120 plus sheets): £4.00 per book

If you want us to print and bind your thesis, you can use our calculator tool to work out the cost. Please note that prices are based on the standard thesis submission format: A4 single sided copies on 80gsm white paper, thermal bound. For non-standard requirements see our Student price list or contact us for a quote. 


Hardback presentation binding

We do not currently offer a hardback presentation binding service, but Bookbinders of Lewes, a local company specialising in this kind of binding, does!