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Academic Transcription Specialists​

OutSec has a well-established university department that specialises in providing a vital typing resource for research, academic thesis writing, and PdD interviews.

The London School of Economics, Liverpool University, Salford, Bristol, Oxford, Essex, and Edinburgh all use our services amongst others. Most of our work comes from recommendations from university colleagues and you will also find that we are a registered preferred provider on some university websites.

What Type of Transcription Service Do I Need?

Deciding which type of transcription to use depends wholly on the intended use of the content. The explanations below will help you decide which type of transcription will be best for your University research project.




OutSec Transcriptionists

Intelligent Verbatim

Intelligent verbatim transcription omits all “umms”, “ahhs”, laughter and pauses throughout the conversation.  OutSec transcriptionists take a common sense approach eliminating words not relevant to the subject matter. As a result, an “intelligent “transcript is provided.  For example, a speaker repeats herself for emphasis or uses colloquialisms like ‘you see’ for illustration. In this case this is not necessary to the transcript and will be omitted. This is the least expensive and most commonly requested transcript.


Edited transcription is a full and accurate script that has been formalised. Often used by lecturers or conference organisers it is edited for readability and clarity.  In other words a concise and easy to read transcript appropriate for B2B communications, publishing houses (particular academic reports).


Verbatim, as you probably already know, means “word for word”. Behavior and reactions are equally as important as spoken words. Because of this, the transcript will include repetition such as umms, ahhs, etc.  In other words, it is a 100% accurate record. Clients requiring verbatim are interested in the psychology behind the audio. As a result, this service is commonly used by the Police, Courts, Forensic Accountants, and Market Researchers.

This is our most expensive service.

The OutSec team of specialist typists will transcribe your recordings accurately, confidentially, and in a professional manner. We will take care of your valuable data, allowing you to efficiently spend the time you need on the important analysis process.

Are You Nervous?

Don’t be!  Perhaps you have fears about security and confidentiality? Rest assured these elements are crucial for all clients! Because of this we’ve heavily invested in these areas over the years and have one of the most secure systems in the marketplace.

Flexible Service

With no contracts and no minimum requirements, we offer clients a PAYG service. There are no hidden fees or minimum monthly spend. Typists can be added or subtracted so your typing deadlines are always met.

Best Quality

All typists are cherry-picked! Yes, with 150 applications a day we can afford to choose the best! Not a question of picking the best in the vicinity we have the entire country to choose from. As a result client expectations are often exceeded.

ISO 27001

Did you know that ISO 27001 is an international standard on how to manage information security and vital in today’s tech-centric world? Certification rubber-stamps government approval on all levels and is recognised throughout industry.

Tracey Pulfer

Senior Manager

Tracey joined OutSec in November 2014, following 25 years’ secretarial and management experience in the legal/financial planning and estate agency sectors. Her enterprise skills and acute attention to detail, alongside a good sense of humour, have enabled her to grow the departments substantially over three years and, having doubled income, she handed over the reins of two departments to Mark Hope in the middle of 2017.

Lizzie Montague

Deputy Manager

Lizzie joined OutSec in September 2015 following 17 years’ secretarial experience in the management consulting and executive search sectors, including a three-year assignment in Australia which she loved. Returning to the UK she was recommended to join OutSec as a platform to continue using her secretarial skills whilst also bringing up her family. Lizzie has been an excellent member of the team.

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