OutSec are recruiting! Interview and Surveying typists needed
ASAP with suitable experience - see our Get Started/Work for OutSec page.

Please note the office will be closed from 5.30pm Thursday 1st April until 8.00am Tuesday 6th April.
With best wishes to our clients for Easter, the beginning of the end of lock-down and start of Summer!

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conference typed up?
Whatever virtual meeting platform you use we can help.




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.

The OutSec App

The OutSec App has been tailored for our client needs and, whilst the sound recording is exceptionally high, we suggest it is used solely for one-to-one or single recording.  However if you were considering small meeting recordings there is a simple way to enhance our App’s recording capabilities by simply plugging a microphone to the charging or headphone port.  Yes, that simple!  For further information on this and appropriate conference/seminar recording equipment, often needed in research, please call our Partners DMCL on 0207 2221531 or visit their website www.dmcl.co.uk.  Mention OutSec when you call to ensure best service!

Recommended Viewing: How To Use the OutSec App

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.

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”.  Behaviour and reactions are equally as important as the 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.

ISO27001 Certification/Cyber Security Accreditation

In today’s world with ever increasing scrutiny on GDPR compliance it is difficult to take a company’s ‘word’ that they comply with regulatory requirements?  Are you happy to accept their word?  OutSec can guarantee that they comply with all current legislation and are audited annually so they continue to meet standards year-on-year.  The implications of outsourcing and non-compliance with GDPR is a huge risk and in our opinion can lead to serious consequences.  We suggest that anyone reading this website who is considering outsourcing their typing reads the following two articles:

The Importance of ISO27001 Certification.
The Importance of Cyber Security Accreditation.

OutSec are proud of their ISO27001 Certification and Cyber Security Accreditation and can assure all clients that by using our service they are in safe hands.  If you do, however, have further questions please do not hesitate to email Murray Hart, OutSec’s IT Director, on murray.hart@outsec.co.uk.


OutSec understands the requirement for the strict control of sensitive information.  That is why we are happy to sign any confidentiality (or non-disclosure agreements) prior to the commencement of any work for you.

Data Security

OutSec takes data protection and security seriously.  This is why we employ bank level data security to ensure your data remains safe (and confidential).

Open an account today or contact Tracey Pulfer on 01366 348088 or by email Tracey.Pulfer@OutSec.co.uk with your specific requirements.

If your university is looking for a preferred transcription provider then do please get in touch

All dictations are rounded up to the nearest minute (for example a 6m 17s audio file would be rounded up to 7 minutes).

All our fees are subject to VAT at the standard rate.

On-site visits can be arranged to discuss any individual requirements at no charge.

Clients Include:

Here are just a few of our valued clients:

Translate Media University of Salford Strutt & Parker Allied Surveyors & Valuers Carter Jonas Yorkshire Surveyors Bidwells Innes Associates Gregorys Tesson Consulting Beechlands Accountancy Services Consil Surveying Birley Steels Lightfoot Arnolds Keys Croyland Building Surveyors Ward Howard Chartered Surveyors BP2 Property Feather Smailes Scales Devonshire Partnership Rettie & Co Wright Consulting