New project announcement:

University of Manchester Library – Staff experiences and engagement

We have worked with The University of Manchester Library for a number of years helping them to understand and improve students’ experiences. We’re pleased to announce that the team has recently commissioned us to help them understand things from a different perspective; exploring staff engagement and experiences as part of a wider culture change programme.

During the initial stage of the project, we will investigate staff experiences through online diaries and in-depth face-to-face interviews. This qualitative element will be followed by an online survey which will be repeated on an annual basis, used alongside more regular ‘pulse’ surveys that will focus on topical issues.

Redefining alumni relations at London South Bank University

Redefining alumni relations at London South Bank University

"We use the report produced by Alterline as the foundation for all our work." Olivia Rainford, Head of Alumni RelationsWith a renewed focus on the University’s mission of improving the social mobility of its students and to help re-position Alumni Relations as an important contributor to the University, Alterline were commissioned to run an extensive research project with internal stakeholders and…
Do brands’ ethics matter to students?

Do brands’ ethics matter to students?

S'tudents are often portrayed as being the ethical pioneers. To see if this rings true, our videographer took to the streets to ask some students what branded products they were carrying and whether they considered the ethics of a brand before making a purchase. What did we find out? There is a lack of knowledge about which brands are ethical.…
YUSU Strategic Planning

YUSU Strategic Planning

  Over the last few years, Alterline has worked with students’ unions across the country to help them better understand student experiences and drive change. The University of York Students’ Union (YUSU) has been through a period of rapid, exciting growth over the past three years. Student numbers at the institution have grown significantly, with the Union’s staff team, physical building and relationship…

Shaping the future of the University of Birmingham Library

The University of Birmingham is building a new library which is due to open in Autumn 2016. To inform future developments, Library Services commissioned Alterline to help them better understand their user’s needs, perceptions, experiences and journeys.   A large-scale quantitative survey was completed by 2,360 students, and a series of focus groups were conducted to explore key themes and…
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Student to graduate

"I feel so lucky to have graduated today because there are so many people in the world without an education. I wish there was less emphasis on drinking and more on meeting people on a real level. I grew up in social housing it’s been really interesting meeting people from such different backgrounds; it’s a real eye opener."“The first thing…
Bristol SU – The power of a brand to connect with students

Bristol SU – The power of a brand to connect with students

Bristol SU has undergone a significant transformation in the last 4 years from a failing organisation in significant debt into a successfully functioning business with an annual turnover of £3-4 million, representing a body of approximately 20,000 students. In 2015, the Union commissioned Alterline to develop a new brand for them which would help them connect more effectively with their…

Growing up with Cystic Fibrosis: My student experience

Being a student is a life changing experience for everyone; but Jodie's university years have been particularly unique. In our short film 'Growing up with cystic fibrosis', we explore Jodie’s student experience following her life-changing lung transplant at the age of 18. For information on joining the Organ Donor register please click here. Jodie spent a day with Noz and Meg from our team earlier…
Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union – A new strategic vision

Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union – A new strategic vision

Having worked together before on a number of student experience projects, Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union commissioned Alterline to support their strategic visioning process by helping them to better understand students. A large scale quantitative survey which sought to explore current perceptions and future aspirations was completed by 3529 students. The survey was followed by a series of focus groups which…
Dear future Prime Minister

Dear future Prime Minister

In the run up to the General Election in May 2015, we asked students ‘What should the party leaders do for you?’. From university fees to privatisation of the NHS, the students we spoke to definitely had an opinion on UK politics and what a future Prime Minister should do for them. Check out what they had to say: @natalieben…