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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…
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…
“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). …