Universities

University Futures 2: The role of parents as influencers

University Futures 2: The role of parents as influencers

University Futures 2 will explore the role that parents play as influencers of their children’s university ambitions, from the age of 6 to 18. We know that parents play a key role in children’s thinking and behaviour when it comes to considering and applying to university. Understanding and influencing the complex, indirect behaviours and attitudes of parents throughout their children’s childhood…
Library Futures 1: 16-18 year-olds’ digital and information literacy audit

Library Futures 1: 16-18 year-olds’ digital and information literacy audit

University Libraries make significant investments in introducing new students to their services and in providing them with the skills and knowledge they need to use them effectively. However, many of our clients have told us that this part of their work would be much easier and more effective if they knew more about students’ information literacy and digital lives prior…
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). …
Experts in ‘now’: making the most of your alumni in the era of the TEF

Experts in ‘now’: making the most of your alumni in the era of the TEF

In the rapidly changing landscape of the UK labour market and higher education sector, recent graduates have experience that institutions can take advantage of to provide up-to-date, first-hand advice to current and prospective students about making it on the road to career and life success. Alterline's Dr Beth Carley discusses how alumni engagement can contribute to the strategic objectives of universities…
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…