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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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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.…
Bristol SU – The power of a brand to connect with students

Bristol SU – The power of a brand to connect with students

Bristol SU has undergone a significant transformation in the last 4 years from a failing organisation in significant debt into a successfully functioning business with an annual turnover of £3-4 million, representing a body of approximately 20,000 students. In 2015, the Union commissioned Alterline to develop a new brand for them which would help them connect more effectively with their…