Date of release: Monday, May 23, 2016

University Vice-Chancellor urges students to 'register to vote' in EU referendumMany university students in London are at risk of missing out on the right to vote in the EU referendum next month, according to a new poll.

Conducted on behalf of Universities UK, the poll reveals that, while a high proportion of students from across the UK are interested in the outcome, many risk not being able to vote because they are not registered at the address where they will be on 23 June, the date of the referendum.

Almost two million UK students could be eligible to vote in the June referendum and huge efforts have been made by universities and colleges across the UK to increase student voter registration numbers. The date of the referendum, however – outside of term-time – means many students who registered to vote at the recent local elections (5 May), may need to re-register if they will be at a different address on 23 June.

The University of Greenwich's Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Maguire, says: "Students in London, together with others up and down the country, could play a decisive role in the EU referendum on 23 June. The EU referendum is a once in a generation decision, so it is all the more vital that young people have their say.

"I would not want any of our students to lose out on their chance to vote because they were not registered or were registered to vote in the wrong place. It is why we are supporting this initiative by Universities UK, the NUS and others to urge everyone to register to vote by 7 June."

Universities UK is the representative organisation for the country's higher education institutions. Its poll reveals that only half (56 per cent) of students registered only at their term-time address are likely to be there on polling day. A quarter (25 per cent) who said they are registered only at their university address, confirmed they won't be there on 23 June.

Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive of Universities UK, adds: "Universities are scaling up their efforts to encourage students to register to vote, and to make sure they do so in the right location. It is important that students think about where they are likely to be on 23 June and also to consider registering to vote by post or by proxy.

"With nearly two million UK students eligible to vote in the referendum, it is vital that they have all the necessary information to make sure they can take part in this hugely important decision."

People have until 7 June to register if they want to vote in the EU referendum. They can also apply for a postal vote.

Students and young people can find out more information about how to vote in the EU referendum at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk and can register to vote at: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Universities UK commissioned YouthSight to conduct a poll of UK students ahead of the EU referendum. The national research can be viewed at http://www.youthsight.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/YouthSight-UUK-Students-EU-Poll-Final-Data-Tables-190516.zipStory by Public Relations