Students’ unions

The rising need for student mental health and wellbeing support

The rising need for student mental health and wellbeing support

Student mental health and wellbeing have been high on the university agenda since it was recognised that there appeared to be higher levels of mental distress amongst students compared to their non-student peers.[1] Coupled with the intimate link between achieving academic success and strong mental health, the case for university and students’ unions’ teams to focus on developing their wellbeing…
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…
Being well, doing well student union collaboration re-launched for 19/20

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

In 2017-18 and 2019-20, Alterline’s ‘Being well, doing well’ project brought together 18 students’ unions and university wellbeing teams to develop robust and insightful evidence about student mental health and wellbeing. In this particularly challenging year for students, we will continue to build on the evidence gathered to date and work with both university and union teams to generate insight…
Manchester student life – research to support the Union’s strategic plan

Manchester student life – research to support the Union’s strategic plan

  Alterline’s research and consultancy support, alongside their ground breaking segmentation were instrumental in the development of our new strategic plan. They brought real insight and challenge to the process and transformed our understanding and relationship with our students.Ben Ward - Union Director   With over 43,000 students the University of Manchester Students’ Union has the largest membership of any…
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…
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…
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…

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Liverpool Students’ Union – Marketing Strategy

We’ve worked with LiverpoolSU for a number of years now including helping with their last two strategic plans. We’re delighted to announce that our partnership continues to grow and we are currently working with the team to develop a new marketing strategy. It’s great to be back alongside our ‘original’ union once again!