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

New project: Enhancing PhD recruitment

We know applying for a PhD can be complex, daunting, challenging and exciting all at the same time. Rather than a purely rational process, choices are shaped by a series of conscious and unconscious decisions taken over a period of…

Intelligence to support UG and PG recruitment during Covid-19

With so many unknowns about next academic year during the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve been working with our university recruitment and insight community to develop a series of complementary services which will deliver rapid intelligence to protect your income for the…

Testing expectations of ‘new normal’ teaching and learning and student experience during COVID-19

Our ‘Testing expectations of new normal’ project is being developed with Surrey Students’ Union and is available to join now. Take part to act on rapid intelligence about students’ perceptions of the potential ‘new normal’ models of delivery which may…

Fantastic start to library and student wellbeing project

In our ongoing work with university libraries it’s become clear that there’s a need to better understand the positive role libraries can play in student wellbeing. Just before Christmas, we ran a workshop that brought together  representatives from five University…

Westminster Student Union Sabbs

Research-led strategy secures over £400,000 investment for Westminster Students’ Union

A new strategic plan at Westminster Students’ Union is leading to big improvements for students. The new strategy has been built upon intelligence generated by Alterline into the lives and needs of students’ and has already secured over £400,000 investment…

How space and buildings impact community

New report explores role of university estates and buildings in the student community

In 2018-19 Alterline worked with two UK Universities on an in-depth qualitative insight project to explore how esates, spaces and buildings were having an impact on the development and maintenance of community for students on campus. Download the summary report…

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Students’ Unions and their role in student wellbeing

Rightly much attention is currently being paid to the issue of mental health on campuses with many new policies and initiatives, both nationally and locally. Students’ unions are keen to play their part and do all they can to contribute…

Student in library

Are university libraries perfectly placed to influence student wellbeing?

Student wellbeing hit the headlines again last week as mental health campaigner and former health minister Sir Norman Lamb revealed a “complex and fragmented” picture of mental health provision across UK universities with many institutions not monitoring how well services…

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.