About us 
Rapid Transcriptions provides a specialised academic transcription service to leading universities and research institutes – established over 20 years.  Set up and run by Alanna Ivin, an MSc qualified secretary linguist, Alanna works full time providing a day to day personal service to customers.

With an early background in the Sciences followed by a degree in Linguistics, Alanna has become a specialist in regional and foreign accents as well as scientific/legal/medical content.  She has worked over the years on many social science and educational research projects where a personal service has been valued in reducing the risk of data loss where the subject matter is highly confidential.   The highest quality headphones and sound cards are used to enable the hearing of fine detail where recording conditions are poor or where speech is very unclear.  See Testimonials 

Thesis proofing
In recent years Alanna has added a thesis proofing service, assisting both native and non native English speaking candidates to achieve their PhDs and other degrees.  The service includes editing to improve academic tone.

Confidentiality and security of data
Rapid Transcriptions has developed GDPR compliant policies to protect customer data.  Our secure AES 256 bit encrypted file transfer system is wholly based in the UK.  Rapid Transcriptions occasionally works with UK based assistant transcribers, but only by prior agreement with the customer.  Assistant transcribers sign legally binding confidentiality agreements with Rapid Transcriptions.  Rapid Transcriptions is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO): ZA030070.  Cyber Essentials certified.

How much does it cost? 
We charge a rate per recorded minute for transcription based on factors such as number of speakers, quality of recording, turnaround, complexity of subject matter, type of transcript.  Our standard style of transcription is ‘intelligent verbatim’ leaving out surplus ums and ahs and restarting of sentences, however we can work with customers on formatting and detail requirements.  For thesis proofing a rate per 1000 words is charged based on the amount of proofing/editing required.  Recordings may be uploaded via this website for assessment and quote – password provided.  Please contact us by email or phone to discuss your project. 

Rapid Transcriptions is not VAT registered – VAT is therefore not chargeable.

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