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University aspirations, decision-making & influencers amongst 6- to 18-year olds: a collaborative research project

University aspirations, decision-making & influencers amongst 6- to 18-year olds: a collaborative research project

Bringing together nine universities as part of a collaborative ‘University Futures’ research project, Alterline plans to capture new evidence about how young people view university from early childhood through to adolescence, mapping children’s and young people’s thinking, aspirations and expectations at key stages from aged 6 to 18. We know from our work with 16- to 18-year olds that applying…
“What does a tick mean?!” Exploring poor experiences of assessment and feedback through student experience research

“What does a tick mean?!” Exploring poor experiences of assessment and feedback through student experience research

Since the advent of the National Student Survey (NSS) assessment and feedback has received consistently lower ratings compared to other areas, however concerns in this area have been highlighted in institutional experience surveys going as far back as the late 1980s. The result is neither good for students nor good for institutions facing increased pressure from the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). …
GPs: a clear need to improve patient experiences despite mounting pressures and challenges

GPs: a clear need to improve patient experiences despite mounting pressures and challenges

General practitioners (GPs) are the lynchpin for patients and despite mounting pressures there’s huge scope for improving experiences for patients. Yet health charities are often uncertain about how best to support and enable GPs; there’s a clear need to build more strategic and meaningful engagement. This is not an issue that can be tackled by individual charities alone; a collaborative…
Student mental health: Being well, doing well

Student mental health: Being well, doing well

At Alterline we pride ourselves on knowing what students are thinking and experiencing; what they love about student life and what’s going wrong. Over the last few years there’s one theme that has grown impossible to ignore and we’re passionate about helping to address – student mental health. In this article, we take a look at the current research on…
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…
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…
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…
New brand for the Bone Cancer Research Trust: ‘Until there’s a cure’

New brand for the Bone Cancer Research Trust: ‘Until there’s a cure’

The Bone Cancer Research Trust has come on an incredible journey since it was founded by a dedicated group of bereaved parents in 2006. To date, they have funded research projects totalling over £2.2m and offered vital support to affected families.Approaching their 10th anniversary, the charity commissioned Alterline to help develop a new strategy and brand to ensure Bone Cancer…
Do brands’ ethics matter to students?

Do brands’ ethics matter to students?

S'tudents are often portrayed as being the ethical pioneers. To see if this rings true, our videographer took to the streets to ask some students what branded products they were carrying and whether they considered the ethics of a brand before making a purchase. What did we find out? There is a lack of knowledge about which brands are ethical.…