Brookes encourages student voter registration

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Eu Referendum

Oxford Brookes is supporting a student voter registration drive this week (16-20 May) ahead of the EU Referendum.

This initiative is from Universities UK and the Electoral Commission, and supported by a range of partners including the National Union of Students (NUS), the Association of Colleges (AoC) and the Cabinet Office.

The University and Brookes Union have already been actively encouraging students to ensure they are registered to vote, and it is hoped this dedicated week will help focus minds and boost voter registration numbers.

The result of the EU Referendum stands to have wide-reaching impacts on the future of the UK and the higher education landscape. As such, it's important to ensure that we, as students, have our opinions heard. Registering to vote is the the first and vital step to being involved.

Andy Pedersen, Brookes Union President

Andy Pedersen, Brookes Union President said: "The result of the EU Referendum stands to have wide-reaching impacts on the future of the UK and the higher education landscape. As such, it's important to ensure that we, as students, have our opinions heard. Registering to vote is the the first and vital step to being involved. Even if you don't end up voting, make sure that it's through choice and not because you missed out on registering!"  

Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, Professor Alistair Fitt said: “Colleagues and students will have a variety of views on the issues surrounding the UK’s membership of the EU, and as an academic institution, we particularly welcome and encourage discussion on this vital decision.

“The majority of our students will shortly be leaving the University for the summer, so it is important we get the message out now to encourage them to register to vote so they have the opportunity to have their say on 23 June.”

To vote in the EU Referendum:

  • To vote you need to be registered by 7 June. You can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote 
  • Registering to vote is quick and easy! You’ll just need your National Insurance number, date of birth and address to hand.
  • Your National Insurance number will be on payslips or official letters about tax, pensions or benefits, you can also ask for a reminder through the post.
  • If you’ll be back at home on 23 June, make sure you’re registered at that address to vote in the EU Referendum.
  • Remember, if you have a term time and a home address and you are registered at both, you are only allowed to vote once in the referendum.
  • If you’re away, you can apply to vote by post or by proxy, providing you’ve already registered to vote. The postal vote application deadline is Wednesday 8 June and the proxy vote application deadline is Wednesday 15 June.
  • If you are already registered, look out for your poll card which will should arrive by 25 May.

For more information visit www.aboutmyvote.co.uk or call 0800 3 280 280.

Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes, Professor Alistair Fitt himself publicly backed the campaign for the UK to remain in the EU. In February this year he was one of over 100 university leaders to write an open letter, published in the Sunday Times, which argued the case for UK membership of the EU enhancing the positive impact of universities.