The English local elections of 2018 are just behind us.  Turnout, as is usual, was low.

Next time around universities will have a statutory role to play in getting their students registered to vote.  But they need not wait.

Here’s a short piece on this for HE Fortnightly.

Universities face new directions from the Office for Students on encouraging students to vote. Why wait?

A cursory glance at the news coverage of the 2017 general election would suggest that we need not worry about the student voice in democratic politics. “Youthquake” officially became word of the year in recognition of the supposed surge in voter turnout among young people. Concerns about intergenerational politics entered high up the news cycles and policy agendas as a result—particularly when it came to tuition fees.

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