Centre for Translation Studies

Dr Louise Fryer

Dr Louise Fryer

Senior Teaching Fellow

Translation Studies


Joined UCL
1st Mar 2015

Research summary

I gained a PhD in Experimental Psychology in March 2014, fusing my interests in sensory compensation and presence with my practice as an audio describer. My thesis was titled

Putting it into words: The impact of visual impairment on perception, experience and presence,  

Supervisors: Prof. J. Freeman; Prof. L. Pring at Goldsmiths, University of London


•    Explore the role of vision in shaping crossmodal correspondences

•    Test responses in imagery to linguistic and non-verbal sound stimuli in people with and without sight

•    Compare verbal and perceptual navigational strategies in people with and without sight

•    Identify optimal content of audio description to maximise immersion and the sense of ‘presence’ i.e. the feeling of ‘being there’

Since then , I have been involved with the research design and data analysis for the CaptionCue projecthttp://www.captioncue.org.uk/about-us, exploring the effect of captioning on presence in Deaf, deaf and hard of hearing audiences for live performances.

Teaching summary

I have taught the audio description component on Master’s courses in AVT since 2009, at City University, Imperial College and I am currently a teaching fellow for CenTraS at UCL. I have also taught on the online master’s course for the University of Macerata and delivered industry-based courses for describers in TV and theatre in the UK and Australia


Goldsmiths College
PhD, Psychology | 2014
Goldsmiths College
MSci, Psychology not elsewhere classified | 2010
University of Cambridge
BA Hons, Social Anthropology | 1985


I completed a BA in archaeology & anthropology at Clare College, University of Cambridge in 1985. In 1988, I became a freelance announcer for the BBC World Service, presenting  and producing features on a wide variety of topics, including presenting the series The Noisy Ape (2005) which received a journalism award from the Acoustical Society of America.
    •    In 1992 I trained as an audio describer for the Royal National Theatre
    •    In 1993, I became the BBC’s describer for the AUDETEL project, piloting TV AD.
    •    SINCE 1997 I have been a presenter for BBC Radio 3, presenting concerts and live music programmes