School matters! Teachers count! Ensure your work with schools and teachers is informed and focused

School matters! Teachers count! Ensure your work with schools and teachers is informed and focused

Teachers as influencers of university ambition - a collaborative research project for widening participation teams Following on from our recent collaboration focused on the university ambitions of 6 to 18-year olds, we are now turning our attention to the role of teachers as influencers of children and young people’s university aspirations. We know, from our previous study, that once young people…
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…
Library Futures 3: A graduate-eye-view of information and digital literacy skills

Library Futures 3: A graduate-eye-view of information and digital literacy skills

According to the JISC student digital experience survey 2018, only half of all further and higher education students believe that their courses prepare them well for the digital workplace. University libraries make significant investments to provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to use their services effectively and succeed on their course. However, less is known about the…
Union Futures: Improving NSS Q26

Union Futures: Improving NSS Q26

If you’re keen to improve your NSS Q26 score and the impact you have as the representative voice of your members, then joining our next students’ union research collaboration is right for you. The deadline for sign-up is the 31st October 2018. The National Student Survey (NSS) is an important barometer of student satisfaction and has long been the focus of university-wide attention.…
Union Futures 3: What’s a students’ union worth?

Union Futures 3: What’s a students’ union worth?

Union Futures 3 will evidence the lasting impact of a Students' Union, explore why it is relevant, important, and valuable and also signal what the union model should look like in the future. What’s the lasting impact of a Students' Union? Union Futures 3 is a collaborative research project to evidence the lasting impact of a Students' Union and signal…
Student Life Pulse – Monthly insight for Student Unions

Student Life Pulse – Monthly insight for Student Unions

The Student Life Pulse provides monthly insight into your students’ lives and experiences. The Pulse is designed to help you increase engagement, improve experience, drive change and measure impact: How will Student Life Pulse work? Design: Student experience specialists design your bespoke Student Life Pulse questionnaire It will include core questions for comparison with other unions, and bespoke questions designed…
Library Life Pulse – Annual insight into students’ library experiences

Library Life Pulse – Annual insight into students’ library experiences

Libraries are a critical focal point for students throughout their university journey. According to research by the Association of University Directors of Estates, students consider the library to be one of the most important factors when deciding which universities to apply to. At university, students want access to a library that fully supports them to be successful with their course,…
University Futures 2: The role of parents as influencers

University Futures 2: The role of parents as influencers

University Futures 2 will explore the role that parents play as influencers of their children’s university ambitions, from the age of 6 to 18. We know that parents play a key role in children’s thinking and behaviour when it comes to considering and applying to university. Understanding and influencing the complex, indirect behaviours and attitudes of parents throughout their children’s childhood…
Union Futures

Union Futures

Union Futures is an ongoing series of collaborative projects, designed to address the key topics that students' unions are facing. As policy priorities and performance metrics in UK higher education continue to evolve, we allow the voices of thousands of students to be heard. We collate and assess the research findings, bring them to life with real-life examples, and then help…
University Futures: the Black student attainment gap

University Futures: the Black student attainment gap

The Black student attainment gap: a collaborative research project exploring the lived experiences of Black students. As part of our ‘University Futures’ series, Alterline is bringing together a small group of universities in a collaborative research project to conduct new primary, qualitative research into Black students’ lived experiences of higher education, with the ultimate ambition of helping to close the…