FXU Presidents’ response to Prime Minister’s General Election announcement 

This morning Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP announced her intention to hold a snap General Election on Thursday June 8th 2017, it also looks certain to pass the vote in Parliament this Wednesday with other political parties saying they will back the motion.

FXU always aim to champion the student voice. We firmly believe that all students of Falmouth University and the University of Exeter who are eligible should register to vote in the upcoming General Election and will do what we can to enable as many of you as possible to do so. We would urge you to take time to consider where you will be on June 8th, and where therefore is best to be registered to vote. In a time of monumental proposed change to higher education, Brexit and many other decisions that will impact on our day to day lives – it is more important than ever that students register and use their vote, ensuring that you have your say in this national election. Please take just five minutes to do this! FXU and the FXU Presidents will remain neutral throughout the election; we will not endorse any candidate and instead will promote voter registration in line with the FXU Mission; to promote and raise the profile of the student voice.

We’ve detailed below several options on registering to vote, and we strongly advise all students to think ahead to where they will be on June 8th whilst registering:


For UK/Home students:

Head to https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to register online – it takes less than 5 minutes, you must be 18 on or before June 8th to be eligible and you need your National Insurance Number. If you do not have this please click ‘I do not have my National Insurance Number’ and the electoral office can run your details against the University Register. This form is available in other languages too via this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/voter-registration-forms-paper-versions

The deadline to register to vote is set for Monday 22nd of May, but the sooner you do so the better!


Applying for a proxy of postal votes (study abroad students – this could be you):

If you cannot physically be present to vote on June 8th then you’re entitled to apply for a postal or proxy vote.

The forms that you need to complete to secure this are available here for postal votes: https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/faq/voting-by-post#222350

The deadline to register for this is likely to be Tuesday 23rd May at 5pm, but is still to be officially confirmed.

And here for proxy votes: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/410339/Proxy_voting_form_temporarily_away_from_home.pdf

The deadline to register for this is likely to be Wednesday 8th May at 5pm, but is still to be officially confirmed.


For international students studying with Falmouth University and the University of Exeter:

Students from Commonwealth countries living in the UK are eligible to vote in the UK General Election June 2017. If you want to see whether you’re eligible to vote, follow this link: https:/www.yourvotematters.co.uk/can-i-vote

If you have any questions about registering to vote or eligibility in this election then either email info@fxu.org.uk or pop into the FXU office during working hours.


Amanda, Chris, Alexa and Tom

FXU Presidents 2016/17

Photography: Jack Matthews