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

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.

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…