You’re Invited: Democracy Day this Friday

Dear student

I am writing to invite you to an important event this Friday (27 September), which is being held at the St. John’s campus.

This Friday, we are holding our first ever Democracy Day ‘Teach-in.  We’ll be asking the question: What does Brexit mean for University of Worcester students and staff? At the event, you will be able to:

  • Learn more about the issues
  • Put your questions to the politicians
  • Get expert help with voter registration

As members of a University community, we believe in actively promoting the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. Many of our students were too young to vote in the last general election and referendum, and may well, depending on how political events unfold over the coming weeks, be voting for the first time in the near future. This Friday’s ‘Teach-in’ is designed to encourage you to become informed about the issues, to learn more about voter registration and to play an important part in the democratic process.

A wide variety of speakers with different points of view, including staff from across the University, as well as local politicians, including the MP for Worcester and a West Midlands MEP, will be taking part in the day. We’ll be looking at the issues from a lots of different academic perspectives- including Law, Psychology, Education, Humanities, Health, Sports, Science and more. Take a look at the full schedule here:

Democracy Day Schedule

Representatives from the Electoral Commission, the NUS and our own Students’ Union will be available throughout the day, so if you have questions about voter registration, they will be able to offer expert advice.

The event is also an opportunity for you to ask your questions. Using the form on our website, you can choose a panel and submit a question in advance of the event on Friday. We may not be able to include all of the questions in the discussions, but we’ll review all of the submissions and will do our best to ensure that a wide range of themes and perspectives are covered.

Submit a question

The event runs on Friday 27 September from 9am in the Festival Tent outside the Students’ Union and in the SU Hangar at the St. John’s Campus. You are very welcome to bring your lunch and food and drink will be for sale outside the SU. You don’t need a ticket- just turn up on the day.

If you are studying at a Partner College or aren’t on campus on Friday, you can still take part in the event. We’ll be live-streaming a number of sessions and will also make recordings available after the event. Visit the website on Friday to pick up the links for the livestreaming channels.

I look forward to receiving your questions and seeing you on Friday.

With best wishes

Ross Renton
Pro Vice Chancellor

Every vote matters