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Fantastic start to library and student wellbeing project

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 libraries alongside our student experience insight team to shape a new collaborative project that will offer fresh insight into this…
Research-led strategy secures over £400,000 investment for Westminster Students’ Union

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 to improve the social spaces on offer at one of the Unions central London locations. Alterline's intelligence report highlighted a…
Students’ Unions and their role in student wellbeing

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 to members’ wellbeing and yet when it comes to practical actions many unions find themselves under resourced to meet the…
Are university libraries perfectly placed to influence student wellbeing?

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 were used, or whether they were actually meeting the needs of students[1]. Findings from our ‘Being well, doing well’ study,…
Master’s marketing and the value of scholarships

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 for international students is even more competitive. In such a fragmented and diverse market how do universities assess what postgraduate…
New project on clearing choices for student recruitment teams

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 this critical and pressured time will help universities plan for their clearing activity and maximise their return on their investment.
Unlocking exceptional student experiences – are staff the key?

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 directly to capture their thoughts and feelings on the issues that are most important to them. One of the most…
Is the strength of your alumni relationships based on the value of the exchange?

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; recruiting older graduates to be active alumni and finding the best way of reaching out to them if email…
University space – critical to developing university communities

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 feature of a successful and happy student experience. In a recent Alterline study looking at the interplay and relationship between…