About Us

Alterline is an insight and intelligence agency specialising in higher education.  Over the past eight years we have worked on over 60 university campuses in the UK and Ireland to drive positive change. Our ground-breaking ‘University Futures’ series are bringing clients together to work on common challenges. Building communities of best practice around insight and intelligence tools, our work offers opportunities for shared learning and collaboration and is leading to practical action and exciting innovations.

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Latest news

Being well, doing well student union collaboration re-launched for 19/20

In 2017-18, Alterline’s ‘Being well, doing well’ project brought together 14 students’ unions  to develop robust and insightful evidence about student mental health and wellbeing. In 2019-20, we plan to continue to build on the evidence gathered to date and…


The role of libraries in student wellbeing – join our collaborative study

What role should libraries play in student wellbeing? Join our latest library collaboration and use fresh evidence about undegraduate expectations and experiences to inform a strategic approach to wellbeing at your library.


Master’s marketing and the value of scholarships

UK universities are deploying a myriad of marketing tactics to attract the attention of, and secure applications from, prospective postgraduate students, including what often appear to be complex scholarship offers. With UK demographics affecting applications from home students the market…


New project on clearing choices for student recruitment teams

Don’t miss out on our new collaborative research opportunity. The competitive nature of student recruitment has increased dramatically in the past decade and, in recent years, ‘clearing’ is playing an increasingly important role. Knowing how to better influence decisions at…


Unlocking exceptional student experiences – are staff the key?

Since before the introduction of higher tuition fees in 2012, we have been working closely and collaboratively with universities across the country supporting their strategic approaches to providing outstanding student experiences. In our work with universities we engage with students…


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…


Is the strength of your alumni relationships based on the value of the exchange?

I’ve spent some time recently meeting university alumni teams discussing some of the challenges they face in today’s climate with higher education under increased scrutiny and pressure.We talked about current approaches to encouraging recent graduates to join the alumni fold;…


University space – critical to developing university communities

Feeling part of a community and being connected with like-minded people who share our interests or values is an important element of life satisfaction. For students, this sense of being part of “something”, part of a community, is an integral…


Who’s influencing young people’s university decisions?

Whilst the prospective student remains the primary target audience for university recruitment strategies, more institutions are now actively targeting other influencers too. In late 2017 we ran our first University Futures collaboration with 10 universities from across the UK, generating…


“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…