Universities

The boundaries of cheating and plagiarism

The boundaries of cheating and plagiarism

Students are under pressure. Students’ and parents’ expectations of university; the balancing of social and academic life; the fear of not achieving their expected grades, and the potential impact of that on their future employment prospects are all factors that can lead to students seeking uncharacteristic pathways to survive and succeed. The attraction of “cheating” should not be underestimated. Alterline…
Why do students cheat? A study of students’ motivations for cheating and plagiarism.

Why do students cheat? A study of students’ motivations for cheating and plagiarism.

With the integrity of universities at stake, an increase in academic misconduct cases, and over 40 vice-chancellors calling for a ban on essay-writing companies it is important to understand why students are turning towards cheating and plagiaristic behaviours. In a recent Alterline study with 11 university libraries we found that 78% of students had shared answers with their course-mates and 24%…
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…
Union Futures: Improving NSS Q26

Union Futures: Improving NSS Q26

If you’re keen to improve your NSS Q26 score and the impact you have as the representative voice of your members, then joining our next students’ union research collaboration is right for you. The deadline for sign-up is the 31st October 2018. The National Student Survey (NSS) is an important barometer of student satisfaction and has long been the focus of university-wide attention.…
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…
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,…
University Futures 2: The role of parents as influencers

University Futures 2: The role of parents as influencers

University Futures 2 is currently exploring the role of parents 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…