Transcription Centre (SUTC)

 Braille reading

The Swansea University Transcription Centre (SUTC) provides alternative accessible formats (braille, audio, large print, electronic text and tactile diagrams) for disabled students at Swansea University and at other universities and colleges. It is located in the Amy Dillwyn building on Singleton Campus (number 15 on the campus map, see also the Google map at the bottom of this page), opposite Union House and next to the Assessment and Training Centre.

The Centre is open from 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday throughout the year with occasional closures during holiday periods.

Contact Details

Swansea University Transcription Centre
Amy Dillwyn Building
Swansea University
Singleton Park
Swansea SA2 8PP
United Kingdom

Tel.: 01792 295912
Fax: 01792 295901

Email: braille@swansea.ac.uk

SUTC Services

Service users
The SUTC is able to provide transcription to students who have a print disability (cognitive or physical) which is recognised by the Equality Act 2010 .

The SUTC is also able to provide transcription for students with print disabilities at other HE and FE institutions.

Service Aims
The SUTC aims to provide accurate transcription in time to meet each student’s deadlines. Transcription Co-ordinators liaise closely with the Disability Office, the Disabilities Librarian and with lecturers and module convenors to provide an efficient, complete service. The Centre conducts an annual student satisfaction survey and acts upon feedback received.

For more information, please click here to read.

Audio transcription
The SUTC produces DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) recordings on CD to standards set by the RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People). Recordings of entire books are archived in the RNIB’s national library and made available to users nationwide.

Volunteer readers can give an hour per week to record texts. Wherever possible, the SUTC recruits volunteers with expertise in the students’ subject areas and readers of foreign languages are usually native speakers.

Other formats
The SUTC provides module handbooks, course material, PowerPoint presentations journal articles, extracts and full books in large print, braille, and MS Word files. The Centre does not usually braille full books but they can be scanned and provided electronically. The SUTC also provides tactile diagrams. 

The SUTC liaises with publishers on behalf of students to obtain pdf files of recently published books. If pdf files are not suitable, files may be converted to MS Word and provided electronically or as large print hard copies.

Supporting those with hearing loss

The SUTC provides print transcriptions of audio recordings eg. recorded interviews and audio podcasts to students with hearing impairments.

Volunteering

The SUTC has a well established and very committed team of reading volunteers. Theirs is a vital contribution to the work of the Centre and they are valued team members.

A volunteer reader does not need to have broadcasting experience but s/he must be able to read complex academic text clearly and accurately.

Prospective volunteers perform a short test read and, if accepted, are given full training in digital recording to RNIB standard.

Staff members are available during recording sessions to provide guidance and feedback.

Guidance for teaching staff

The SUTC can provide advice to lecturers on making their course material accessible to students with disabilities. The Centre liaises closely with teaching staff to ensure students have their transcription in time for lectures and assignment deadlines. Sound organisation and cooperation ensures that students with print disabilities are not disadvantaged.

For more information, please see the following:

SUTC guidance for lecturers

General Guidelines on Accessible Information for All

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