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…
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…
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…

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 planned 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. Over the summer, as the project was taking shape, we spoke to…

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…
“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). …
Experts in ‘now’: making the most of your alumni in the era of the TEF

Experts in ‘now’: making the most of your alumni in the era of the TEF

In the rapidly changing landscape of the UK labour market and higher education sector, recent graduates have experience that institutions can take advantage of to provide up-to-date, first-hand advice to current and prospective students about making it on the road to career and life success. Alterline's Dr Beth Carley discusses how alumni engagement can contribute to the strategic objectives of universities…
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…
Why university libraries are becoming more coffee shop and less text book

Why university libraries are becoming more coffee shop and less text book

Students spend a lot of time in the university library, but is the experience what it should be? Alterline Research Director Ben Hickman explains how university libraries can help student experience in a world where tuition fees may soon be linked to the Teaching Excellence Framework. Customers.  It’s not a word often used to describe university students. But rises in…

New project announcement:

Understanding the digital behaviour and experiences of students at the University of Sheffield Library

The University of Sheffield Library has commissioned Alterline to deliver an in-depth qualitative study investigating students’ and academics’ experiences of their digital offer. The project will combine ethnographic observation, interviews and focus groups and will culminate in a report which explores current behaviours, identifies key areas for improvement and maps users’ needs and expectations. The Library will use the evidence to shape their digital strategy and improve user experiences.