The University of East Anglia

How universities can encourage their students to vote

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…Read more How universities can encourage their students to vote

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Electoral Modernisation in Scotland

The Scottish government published an exciting document making proposals for electoral reform in December 2017.  The Scottish Parliament recently gained new powers over the conduct of Scottish Parliamentary elections and electoral registration and already has devolved responsibility for local government elections. Earlier in 2018, I was kindly invited to speak at an event organised by…Read more Electoral Modernisation in Scotland

The Higher Education Impact Agenda and Policy Change

Many academics around the globe, driven by a desire to use their accumulated expertise to improve the world, have long sought to achieve what is now known within higher education management as ‘impact’.  A new surge of activity, however, has arguably been unleashed in some countries in recent years.  Universities and academics have been pressured…Read more The Higher Education Impact Agenda and Policy Change

Scotland eyes online voting: here are some tips from past pilots

The Scottish government published an ambitious programme for reforming elections this week, which should be carefully read by everyone interested in elections across the UK. The one aspect (among many, many, many other important ones...) to catch the press was the proposal to trial electronic voting methods, such as internet voting. Here is a quick…Read more Scotland eyes online voting: here are some tips from past pilots