Students’ unions

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 the 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 to…
Union Futures

Union Futures

Union Futures is an ongoing series of collaborative projects, designed to address the key topics that students' unions are facing. As policy priorities and performance metrics in UK higher education continue to evolve, we allow the voices of thousands of students to be heard. We collate and assess the research findings, bring them to life with real-life examples, and then help…
Union Futures 1: The impact of NSS Q26

Union Futures 1: The impact of NSS Q26

NSS Q26 rates: “The students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests.” The National Student Survey (NSS) is an important barometer of student satisfaction with higher education. With the publication of an amended NSS questionnaire for 2017, and a new question (Q26) for students’ unions, in October 2016 we launched our first Union Futures project, bringing together 18…
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…
Manchester student life – research to support the Union’s strategic plan

Manchester student life – research to support the Union’s strategic plan

  Alterline’s research and consultancy support, alongside their ground breaking segmentation were instrumental in the development of our new strategic plan. They brought real insight and challenge to the process and transformed our understanding and relationship with our students.Ben Ward - Union Director   With over 43,000 students the University of Manchester Students’ Union has the largest membership of any…
Understanding students’ lives, improving student experience

Understanding students’ lives, improving student experience

We believe that the fundamental key to improving students’ university experiences is to first of all understand their lives! Today’s students lead busy lives and we’ll only understand what they want or think about the services they use if we know more about both the context and the detail of what they do.To do this we use a range of…
YUSU Strategic Planning

YUSU Strategic Planning

  Over the last few years, Alterline has worked with students’ unions across the country to help them better understand student experiences and drive change. The University of York Students’ Union (YUSU) has been through a period of rapid, exciting growth over the past three years. Student numbers at the institution have grown significantly, with the Union’s staff team, physical building and relationship…
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…

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…