Students’ unions

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…
NSS Q26 – “The students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests.”

NSS Q26 – “The students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests.”

Union Futures Project: With the publication of an amended National Student Survey (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 students’ unions as part of a joint research venture to inform and enable a proactive response to the new NSS question. In a…
Student mental health: Being well, doing well

Student mental health: 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

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…
Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union – A new strategic vision

Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union – A new strategic vision

Having worked together before on a number of student experience projects, Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union commissioned Alterline to support their strategic visioning process by helping them to better understand students. A large scale quantitative survey which sought to explore current perceptions and future aspirations was completed by 3529 students. The survey was followed by a series of focus groups which…

New project announcement:

Liverpool Students’ Union – Marketing Strategy

We’ve worked with LiverpoolSU for a number of years now including helping with their last two strategic plans. We’re delighted to announce that our partnership continues to grow and we are currently working with the team to develop a new marketing strategy. It’s great to be back alongside our ‘original’ union once again!