Students

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…
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…
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…
University Futures: the Black student attainment gap

University Futures: the Black student attainment gap

The Black student attainment gap: a collaborative research project exploring the lived experiences of Black students. 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 Black students’ lived experiences of higher education, with the ultimate ambition of helping to close the…
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…