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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…
Library Futures 1: 16-18 year-olds’ digital and information literacy audit

Library Futures 1: 16-18 year-olds’ digital and information literacy audit

University Libraries make significant investments in introducing new students to their services and in providing them with the skills and knowledge they need to use them effectively. However, many of our clients have told us that this part of their work would be much easier and more effective if they knew more about students’ information literacy and digital lives prior…
Charity Futures 2: Healthcare charity supporter experience

Charity Futures 2: Healthcare charity supporter experience

Charity Futures 2 is a collaborative research project exploring the experiences and perceptions of supporters and the general public. It will help charities to build, develop and sustain meaningful relationships. Join the collaborative research study. It is an important part of excellent fundraising and improving donors’ experience for charities to understand their supporters and engage them in the causes they…
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…
Charity Futures 1a: GP’s and cancer charities – Improving understanding and engagement with GP’s

Charity Futures 1a: GP’s and cancer charities – Improving understanding and engagement with GP’s

A new study has launched to enable leading charities to understand how GP’s and cancer charities can work together to better support patients with cancer. The number of new cancer referrals and registrations is rising, with 296,863 new registrations in 20141, but recent changes to cancer services and the NHS mean that responsibilities are not always well defined, and capacity…
University Futures: how space and buildings impact community

University Futures: how space and buildings impact community

Join a collaborative research project exploring the role and impact of space and buildings on the university community. Alterline are bringing together a group of universities as part of a collaborative research project to explore the role that teaching and informal spaces on campus play in influencing feelings of community amongst staff and students. We are inviting you to be…
Student mental health and Union Futures 2: Being well, doing well

Student mental health and Union Futures 2: 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 – experiences of clinical trials

The Evidence Multiplier – experiences of clinical trials

The Evidence Multiplier report explores 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…
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…
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:…