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.
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.
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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.
Approximately 50 volunteer readers 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.
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.