How can you staff drive your library strategy and enrich student experiences?

How can you staff drive your library strategy and enrich student experiences?

Providing an enriching student experience that produces positive outcomes for students is a priority for universities.  With libraries representing one of the main focal points of students’ lives, library staff can be incredibly influential in shaping the student experience through the services on offer, the support and advice they provide and their one-to-one interactions with students.  It is crucial that…
Unlocking exceptional student experiences – are staff the key?

Unlocking exceptional student experiences – are staff the key?

Since before the introduction of higher tuition fees in 2012, we have been working closely and collaboratively with universities across the country supporting their strategic approaches to providing outstanding student experiences. In our work with universities we engage with students directly to capture their thoughts and feelings on the issues that are most important to them. One of the most…
The boundaries of cheating and plagiarism

The boundaries of cheating and plagiarism

Students are under pressure. Students’ and parents’ expectations of university; the balancing of social and academic life; the fear of not achieving their expected grades, and the potential impact of that on their future employment prospects are all factors that can lead to students seeking uncharacteristic pathways to survive and succeed. The attraction of “cheating” should not be underestimated. Alterline…
Why do students cheat? A study of students’ motivations for cheating and plagiarism.

Why do students cheat? A study of students’ motivations for cheating and plagiarism.

With the integrity of universities at stake, an increase in academic misconduct cases, and over 40 vice-chancellors calling for a ban on essay-writing companies it is important to understand why students are turning towards cheating and plagiaristic behaviours. In a recent Alterline study with 11 university libraries we found that 78% of students had shared answers with their course-mates and 24%…
What is the real impact of scholarships on post-graduate recruitment?

What is the real impact of scholarships on post-graduate recruitment?

UK universities offer scholarships to the value of many millions of pounds to attract both home and international postgraduate students and yet do we really know their impact? What influence does the offer of a scholarship really make? This new insight collaboration will investigate the role that scholarships play in the decision-making process of home and international applicants to postgraduate…
Is the strength of your alumni relationships based on the value of the exchange?

Is the strength of your alumni relationships based on the value of the exchange?

I’ve spent some time recently meeting university alumni teams discussing some of the challenges they face in today’s climate with higher education under increased scrutiny and pressure. We talked about current approaches to encouraging recent graduates to join the alumni fold; recruiting older graduates to be active alumni and finding the best way of reaching out to them if email…
University space – critical to developing university communities

University space – critical to developing university communities

Feeling part of a community and being connected with like-minded people who share our interests or values is an important element of life satisfaction. For students, this sense of being part of “something”, part of a community, is an integral feature of a successful and happy student experience. In a recent Alterline study looking at the interplay and relationship between…
Who’s influencing young people’s university decisions?

Who’s influencing young people’s university decisions?

Whilst the prospective student remains the primary target audience for university recruitment strategies, more institutions are now actively targeting other influencers too. In late 2017 we ran our first University Futures collaboration with 10 universities from across the UK, generating fresh insights into how children and young people from the ages of 6 to 18 view, and make, decisions about…
Looking to increase your recruitment and strengthen your participation plans with teachers?

Looking to increase your recruitment and strengthen your participation plans with teachers?

Teachers as influencers of university ambition - a collaborative research opportunity Understanding and influencing the behaviours and attitudes of teachers is important for successful university recruitment and widening participation. This collaborative research opportunity will provide fresh evidence to enable you to work more effectively with teachers - ultimately guiding students to the right university destination. Don’t miss out on this…
The future of student accommodation?

The future of student accommodation?

The ‘University Futures - Student Accommodation’ research project is open to university and private student accommodation providers and will offer fresh insight into future students’ expectations, preferences and hopes for their student accommodation. What will the project explore? The places that students live have a significant impact on the student experience. Where students will live, particularly in their first year, also…