National Union of British Sign Language Interpreters

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At the Nub, you’ll find the latest NUBSLI announcements, guest blogs and related interpreting and union information.


The increase in remote interpreting during the COVID-19 lockdown was necessary. However, as lockdown eases, it should not be used to deny deaf people access to in person interpreting services or to decrease interpreters’ fees or terms and conditions.

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NUBSLI’s fee guidance has been invaluable to interpreters and those using their services. In the first full review since its inception in 2016, we release the updated figures for the UK regions and the guidance that supports them.

The Covid 19 virus

COVID-19 has had an impact on everyone’s lives and BSL/English interpreters have not been exempt. A NUBSLI member tells us their experience and the potential long-term harm that could come to the interpreting community as a result of this pandemic.


“Interpreters alone cannot change the fabric of society, but we can change how we interact with each other.” Audrey Simmons guest blogs on our latest Nub on how to combat bias and racism in the interpreting community.

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It is not enough to denounce the violence enacted on Black individuals or to say that we oppose the systematic racism that permeates throughout all levels of our society. We need to look at ourselves.


The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a necessary rise in the use of VRS/VRI. How are interpreters’ T&Cs affected? Read NUBSLI’s position statement.

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The NUBSLI committee has responded to a call for evidence by the Treasury Committee on the Government’s Coronavirus financial package.


These are unprecedented times we are living and working in. There may be more demand for and pressure on interpreters to work using Video Relay Services (VRS) in the future. It is important that interpreters’ and translators’ terms and conditions are respected and upheld.

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The spread of COVID-19 has been an extremely challenging time for the country. To ensure that all people have access […]

The Covid 19 virus

We’ve been contacted regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Here are the most commonly asked questions, answered to the best of our ability at this time. 

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The University College Union (UCU) have planned eight days of strike action. How does this affect you if you’re contracted to work there during this time?

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NUBSLI celebrates its 5th anniversary – we look back at what’s been achieved in these 5 years and why there is still much more to do.