Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 14:30

At regular intervals, a group of UK Students’ Unions comes together to design, fund and commission research into students’ views and experience of university. Previously Students’ Unions have looked at the student view of teaching excellence, and student perceptions of value for money. This time around a group has come together to learn more about a number of student living and lifestyle issues. Our study covers over 8,000 students studying at over 120 providers, appropriately weighted, and the 26 sponsoring Students’Unions have access to local data that can usefully be compared against the national picture.

Here are the main findings:

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 09:15

Earlier this year, the OfS and a consortium of Students' Unions partnered with trendence to analyse students' perception of value for money in higher education.

Do students feel they are receiving value for money? Do student perceptions of value for money evolve as they go from school to higher education, and then into the world of work? What can higher education providers – and the OfS – do to help improve the value students perceive they are getting from the considerable investment they have made in higher education?

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 13:15

In partnership with trendence UK, BPP recently surveyed the Guardian UK 300 employers on their apprenticeship strategies. Our resulting report - the Apprenticeship Levy Study - Part II - provides market-leading insight on how some of the UK's top firms are dealing with the many opportunities and challenges presented by the Apprenticeship Levy nearly 12 months on.

Key findings of the report show;

• Nearly all UK leading employers plan to spend their levy but with most anticipating the majority of their spend will be in 2021

• Employers are increasingly seeing the levy as a way of advancing their diversity and widening participation agendas

• Firms are using the levy increasingly as an external recruitment tool; the number spending it on existing staff has declined

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 13:15

Earlier this year, trendence conducted a survey to measure students' response to the industrial action planned to start with a two-day strike on 22 and 23 February.

In a survey of 1,556 undergraduates and postgraduates at 84 universities, support for the strike was finely balanced, with 38.4% of respondents in favour, and 38.4% opposed. The rest were undecided.
When asked whether they would support their lecturer if he or she chose to walk out, students were more decisive. More than half (51.8%) said that they would back their lecturer, with 29.3% saying that they would not.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 13:30

In the graduate recruitment space, understanding the student audience, and meeting their expectations both in terms of the salary and company benefits is essential to attract the most suitable candidates. At trendence, we help employers optimise their recruitment campaigns, by providing insights into students’ expectations from their first job. Every year we survey thousands of students from more than 120 institutions, across all year groups, asking about their preferred employers, career areas, but also about their personal and professional expectations at their start of their career.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 16:30

The topic of the last Breakfast News was mental wellbeing. We all know that young people can become anxious about applying to, and being assessed for, jobs. But what precisely is generating that anxiety? This was the main focus of our Student Anxiety Study where we explored job-related anxieties and their implications for different groups of students.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 13:30

As the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) moves into its third year, universities and students are becoming more familiar with the government’s new university rating system. With the year 2 ratings released in June 2017, the majority of HE providers in the UK now have a Gold, Silver, or Bronze TEF rating.

A consortium of students’ unions have come together to better understand what students across the UK think of TEF and of ‘teaching excellence’. Together with trendence UK, they have conducted the UK’s largest research project to date on students’ views of the TEF metrics.

Findings at a glance:
• There is strong support amongst students for a government exercise that encourages excellence in teaching (84% agree).

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 14:30

The 2017 ASET conference focused on the role of international placements and work opportunities in supporting students to work in multinational and multicultural organizations across the UK and the world. Whilst we know that employers value students with a diverse work experience background, at trendence we are passionate about understanding how students envision the global workplace and international placements. We ran a snap survey and in 48 hours we collected 350+ responses that provided us rich qualitative data.

Monday, September 4, 2017 - 15:45

We were delighted to attend the CASE Europe Annual Conference, where we co-hosted with Inspiring Futures a presentation on when students start making career-related decisions, how they make these decisions and why doing a degree is still their default option.

Friday, June 9, 2017 - 12:15

trendence and Accenture have come together this year at the AGR conference in Brighton to demonstrate how research is being practically used to adjust and refine university targeting strategies, and how taking a data-first approach to setting targets (especially diversity goals and apprentice recruitment figures) can be invaluable for senior management.

Here are some key points from our session:

#1: Adjusting your university targeting strategy is one of the most efficient ways to improve diversity