Staffordshire University launches EU campaign to drive student vote

“Young people believe that their vote will never make a difference but a narrow vote for yes means this argument is not over. If you don’t turn up and it's a narrow vote for exiting Europe, then that's forever.”

Mick Temple, Professor of Journalism and Politics

A Staffordshire University professor is urging students and young people to vote in the upcoming EU referendum - an event he describes as "monumental".

The call to action comes as Staffordshire University launches its EU Campaign ahead of the June 23rd referendum to decide on Britain's future within Europe.

The #InsandOuts campaign is aimed at educating students and engaging them in the issues which will impact their future.

Mick Temple, Professor of Journalism and Politics at the University said, "The message to students is, if you care, get out and vote. What happens if they don't vote is the decision affecting their future is going to be made by a generation who aren't around to face the consequences."

He added, "Young people believe that their vote will never make a difference but a narrow vote for yes means this argument is not over. If you don't turn up and it's a narrow vote for exiting Europe, then that's forever."

He believes the economy and immigration are the over-riding issues which are dominating the views of those wanting remain and those wanting to leave the EU.

A recent Twitter poll carried our among Staffordshire University students found that 78 per cent of respondents intend to vote to remain in Europe, 11 per cent will vote to leave and 11 per cent are unsure of how to vote.

In an effort to drive student engagement, the University campaign will draw on the expertise and knowledge of academic staff in regular blog updates and provide answers to questions students have about the EU and the referendum.

Staffordshire University will also host a number of EU related events in an effort of open up the debate to the wider community. The campaign is supported by a dedicated EU Campaign website.

Professor Liz Barnes, Vice Chancellor at Staffordshire University said, "This is a great opportunity for the students, the University and our wider community to engage and debate the issues."

Bal Deol President of Staffordshire Student Union added, "Students are the future and to see the changes they want and deserve, they need to use their voice and vote. Whether the UK remains in the European Union or not is such an important decision and one that everyone must make an informed vote on. We believe in the power of the student voice and call on all students to use it."

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