Manchester student life – research to support the Union’s strategic plan

Manchester student life – research to support the Union’s strategic plan

  Alterline’s research and consultancy support, alongside their ground breaking segmentation were instrumental in the development of our new strategic plan. They brought real insight and challenge to the process and transformed our understanding and relationship with our students.Ben Ward - Union Director   With over 43,000 students the University of Manchester Students’ Union has the largest membership of any…
Engaging with academics: University of Manchester Library reading lists project

Engaging with academics: University of Manchester Library reading lists project

To deliver a great student experience, the University of Manchester Library is working to ensure the right texts are available to students, in the right format, at the right time. Seemingly a simple goal, there are multiple components which need to be understood and influenced; the behaviours and needs of modern students; academics’ pedagogical practices and curriculums; technological products available;…
Understanding students’ lives, improving student experience

Understanding students’ lives, improving student experience

We believe that the fundamental key to improving students’ university experiences is to first of all understand their lives! Today’s students lead busy lives and we’ll only understand what they want or think about the services they use if we know more about both the context and the detail of what they do.To do this we use a range of…
The Evidence Multiplier – using patients’ experiences of clinical trials to maximise knowledge and drive future success

The Evidence Multiplier – using patients’ experiences of clinical trials to maximise knowledge and drive future success

Because Alterline has undertaken such extensive work on patient experience, it was surprising for us to discover the lack of attention that has been paid to this area of practice within clinical research − particularly given the enormous variation that we know exists in the experiences of participants in clinical trials. Recognising this as an opportunity to apply our expertise…
Public and Clinician Engagement in Clinical Research

Public and Clinician Engagement in Clinical Research

Clinical research plays an essential role in the development of new medical initiatives from understanding patient behaviour through to the testing of life-changing drugs. This research can only be conducted with the participation of patients and clinicians and current levels of participation fall well short of what is required. Alterline were commissioned by the University Hospital Southampton (UHS) and the Clinical Research Network:…
The Power of Ethnography: Driving improvements in university libraries

The Power of Ethnography: Driving improvements in university libraries

  Ethnography literally means ‘a portrait of a people’. An ethnography is a written description of a particular culture – the customs, beliefs, and behaviour – based on information collected through fieldwork.Marvin Harris - Anthropologist   Developed from the academic discipline of cultural anthropology, ethnography is the study of people in their natural environment. It is increasingly being used by…
Research commissioned by The Brain Tumour Charity leads to new insights on the real lives of adults and children with brain tumours

Research commissioned by The Brain Tumour Charity leads to new insights on the real lives of adults and children with brain tumours

The Brain Tumour Charity is at the forefront of the fight to defeat brain tumours, making a difference every day to the lives of people with a brain tumour and their families. They fund pioneering research to increase survival, raise awareness of the symptoms and effects of brain tumours, and provide support for everyone affected, to improve quality of life.…
Students’ #Brexit or #Remain?

Students’ #Brexit or #Remain?

The student vote in the EU Referendum is incredibly important. Almost 2 million UK students are eligible to vote this week meaning their decision could have a huge impact on the outcome of the referendum. Whether the UK decides to remain or Brexit the outcome will impact on the younger generation’s future who will live with the consequences. Huge efforts…
The importance of accommodation to the student experience

The importance of accommodation to the student experience

‘Home’ is a fundamental part of our lives. Exploring students’ homes in a recent survey we asked people to upload a picture of their favourite thing about their accommodation. Far more than just a place to cook, wash, eat and sleep – students shared images that brought to life experiences and memories that are having a substantial impact on university…
Bone Cancer Research Trust – new research on the impact of primary bone cancer marks a turning point for the charity

Bone Cancer Research Trust – new research on the impact of primary bone cancer marks a turning point for the charity

Primary bone cancer is a rare, yet brutal disease which can have a long-lasting impact on both patients and their families. With very few organisations focussing on the condition a group of bereaved parents came together and registered the Bone Cancer Research Trust in 2006 under the guidance of Professor Ian Lewis, Consultant Paediatrician and Adolescent Oncologist at St. James's…