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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…
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…
University Futures: improving student assessment and feedback

University Futures: improving student assessment and feedback

Join our collaborative research project exploring student and staff experiences, with the aim of improving student assessment and feedback. 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 student and staff experience of assessment and feedback. Research Focus The objectives will…
Library Life Pulse – Annual insight into students’ library experiences

Library Life Pulse – Annual insight into students’ library experiences

The Big Picture: Libraries have a critical role to play in student experience and student success. The quality of the whole library experience – from the physical facilities and the digital environment through to the staff culture – is an important part of students' lives. After contact time with lecturers, the library is one of the most tangible aspects of…
Library Futures 2: understanding information and digital literacy in undergraduates.

Library Futures 2: understanding information and digital literacy in undergraduates.

A new collaborative research project. In early 2017, eleven university libraries worked with us to complete our first ‘Library Futures’ project where we explored the preparedness and expectations of 16 to 18-year olds for their academic career at university. Now, we are turning our gaze to the undergraduate student population. This second collaborative ‘Library Futures’ research project will capture new…

National Student Survey 2017

The National Student Survey (NSS) is an important barometer of student satisfaction with higher education. Here are five key out-takes from the recently published results of the 2017 survey (unless stated, data relates to England only). Overall satisfaction: 84% of full-time students and 85% of part-time students in England were  satisfied overall with the quality of their course. Figures for…
Working with Alterline to embed patient-centricity

Working with Alterline to embed patient-centricity

As patient-centricity becomes increasingly important to the pharmaceutical business model, methods that enable deeper and more personal connections to patients’ lives are crucial. Alterline is a specialist, qualitative research consultancy working to embed patient-centric practices. Our approach is based upon a fundamental principle: patients are first and foremost people; people who live complex, emotional and demanding lives. True patient-centricity means…
“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…