Transcription services

Established over 20 years ago, the RNIB and the University of Leeds Transcription Centre specialise in academic transcription for University students affected by sight loss and other disabilities.

Find out who is eligible to use the Transcription Centre, how to access their services and the various formats into which they can transcribe information. 

What is transcription?

Transcription involves converting printed information into a range of accessible formats for those who are unable, or who find it difficult, to read standard text.

Why do we offer transcription?

As a student or staff member affected by sight loss or other disability we, like other educational establishments and training providers, have a duty under the Equality Act to make reasonable adjustments to ensure you have equal access to materials. Providing you with information in an accessible format is key to removing barriers and delivering a fully inclusive educational or employment experience.

Who can use the Transcription Centre?

The Transcription Centre offers transcription services University of Leeds:

If you're an external organisation and would like to use the Transcription Centre, please contact us to discuss your transcription needs. 

Why use us?

Our team of volunteers with highly specialised academic backgrounds has extensive experience of working with complex and technical educational material from pre-16 to postgraduate level. We form part of a wider team within RNIB which ensures we have up-to-date information about production techniques and other relevant RNIB reading and library services. 


We can produce items in a number formats, including:

  • braille
  • tactile diagrams
  • e-text (including PDF to Word conversion)
  • large print text and diagram
  • digital audio.

Other services

Other services we offer include:

  • typing handwritten lecture notes (University of Leeds students only)
  • transcribing braille into print
  • training for faculties and services on transcription provision.

Contact details

Vibi Rothnie (Manager)
Telephone: 0113 343 3928/3929 

RNIB Transcription Service Leeds 
Disabled Students' Assessment and Support
Chemistry West Block
University of Leeds