Student experience

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…
“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). …

New project announcement:

University of Glasgow

We are thrilled to announce a new project with the University of Glasgow. Working with the Student Services Team we are supporting them in developing an innovative model for delivering services, help and support in the new space. Keen to put students at the heart of the process, the Student Services team has commissioned Alterline to run a series of focus groups with students to explore their current experiences of campus services and future aspirations for the Learning and Teaching Hub.

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…

Student Recipes

Student Street is the home of student insight; it’s where you’ll find the things we observe and discover during our time talking to, and living alongside, students. Wanting to know what's going on in students' kitchens we asked three students to cook us their typical meal. Allyson For Allyson keeping a balanced diet is really important. In the video above,…

New project announcement:

campusM – Student Digital Journeys

We are thrilled to announce that we have been commissioned by campusM to conduct an exciting study into the digital lives of students.

Working with partner universities across the globe, the project will investigate students’ digital habits, help map their daily digital journeys, understand what frustrates them and identify where the experience can be improved.

The insight gathered will help participating universities improve digital services on campus, directly feed into campusM’s development, and ultimately improve the student experience.

“We are looking forward to working with Alterline on this exciting project. Digital technology has become an area of increasing interest on campus, but it is only by asking the students who use it about their experiences that we can help institutions make sure they are delivering what their students want, in the way that they want it. At campusM we pride ourselves in enabling universities to enhance the student experience, and this work with Alterline will help us to continue to do this, supported by a real understanding of what students want and expect.”

– Matt Sherlock, Product Director at campusM

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.…

Growing up with Cystic Fibrosis: My student experience

Being a student is a life changing experience for everyone; but Jodie's university years have been particularly unique. In our short film 'Growing up with cystic fibrosis', we explore Jodie’s student experience following her life-changing lung transplant at the age of 18. For information on joining the Organ Donor register please click here. Jodie spent a day with Noz and Meg from our team earlier…
Dear future Prime Minister

Dear future Prime Minister

In the run up to the General Election in May 2015, we asked students ‘What should the party leaders do for you?’. From university fees to privatisation of the NHS, the students we spoke to definitely had an opinion on UK politics and what a future Prime Minister should do for them. Check out what they had to say: @natalieben…
Irons unplugged – students and fast fashion

Irons unplugged – students and fast fashion

To explore the lives of students in a world of fast fashion we took a trip down student street and asked them one simple question: ‘can we see your iron?’. Check out what happened in our video below. Here's some snapshots from behind the scenes: