The Best Student Life. Bristol SU


Bristol SU regularly conducts research into the student experience. This is undertaken by our Research and Consultation Coordinator, Vasiliki Sogia ( and teams of Student Researchers. The research conducted by Bristol SU includes surveys, interviews and focus groups. Some research projects are focused on a specific topic, such as the BME attainment gap, and other research projects are more explorative and cover the whole student experience. 

We use research to find out more about students' experiences at Bristol. The results are used to both improve our own services and to lobby the University to improve the student experience. For example our BME Attainment Gap research project has led to the introduction of BME Success Ambassadors at the university, and has also led us to run the Bristol BME Power List

+ Student Life Pulse

Bristol SU are committed to understanding the lives of our students and their experiences at university. In order to do this, we are proud members of the Student Life Pulse, an online survey specially developed for student unions in the UK. The study will track the experience of our students throughout the academic year, as well as their perceptions and experiences of the union itself. We’ll use the information collected to develop and plan our services for the future and act as the voice of our students. Between October and June you will receive an email inviting you to take part by completing the online survey. We want to hear the views of as many of our students as possible, so we hope you can spare a few minutes to help us with this important research!

The research is being administered by Alterline, an independent research agency. Alterline is an accredited research company which follows all guidelines for data privacy and security. They do not hold any personally identifiable data about you, except where you choose to provide this during your participation in the research Any information you disclose will be treated in the strictest confidence and the results are anonymised so no answers are attributable to any individuals. If you have any questions about the research, please contact

If you have any questions about our research, please contact Alice Phillips.