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Hundreds of UEL students join the register to vote

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More than 400 UEL students have joined the electoral register, thanks to a voter registration drive organised by the University’s Student Union. With less than 100 days until the General Election, UEL staged a special event to back the national campaign to get more young people signed up to vote.

The University’s Student Union teamed up with local MP, Stephen Timms, for National Voter Registration Day on 5 February, to encourage undergraduates to sign up and play their part.

Opinion polls suggest it could be closest election for four decades, which means the youth vote could be significant in deciding who wins on 7 May.

Mr Timms was at the University’s Docklands campus as part of a day of events to publicise the campaign. In the atrium of the East Building, the MP joined by with representatives from the SU, encouraged students to add their names to the electoral register.

Mr Timms said “Politics matters and it affects all of us. It shapes everything we know and everything we care about. Whether that’s better access to jobs, more affordable housing or an effective health service. Today there are unprecedented challenges facing young people and it is important that young people turn up and make their voices heard!”

UEL Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Joughin, welcomed his involvement:

“I am delighted that our local Member of Parliament is again visiting the University to connect directly with our students.  We are an anchor institution in east London and committed to making a difference to people’s lives.  It is vital for our students to be fully engaged in the democratic processes of our country, particularly in a busy election year.  There is a close and important relationship between our determination to be London’s leading university for civic engagement and our students contributing to their communities as active citizens and change-makers.”

Adrian Patsalos --Students' Union Vice President of Societies and Communications - was pivotal in inviting Stephen Timms onto campus. He was eager to dispel the suggestion that young people have no interest in politics.

“Students do care and that is something we have witnessed through the hundreds of that have registered to vote” he said. “It is vital to ensure that the students’ voice is too strong to ignore! We are the generation that will need to work and overcome the negativity that exists within society. We are aware our vote is our voice, a voice of a generation that on the seventh of May will be heard.”

Students can also register to vote online here

Notes to Editors

The University of East London (UEL) is a global learning community with students from over 120 countries world-wide. Our vision is to achieve recognition, both nationally and internationally, as a successful and inclusive regional university proud of its diversity, committed to new modes of learning which focus on students and enhance their employability, and renowned for our contribution to social, cultural and economic development, especially through our research and scholarship. We have a strong track-record in widening participation and working with industry.