Breaking: Turnout extremely low as Millie Tanner announced as 2015/16 Students’ Union President

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has been elected as President of the Students’ Union for 2015/16.

The other results are as follows:

Benjamin Frost – Academic Affairs Officer

Kara Jane Senior – Activities Officer

Esther Green – Community Officer

The voting turnout is believed to be very low, with only 2% of students (37 out of 1756 students) at Ustinov College having voted an hour before polls closed. A source also told Palatinate the turnout at St Cuthbert’s Society was highest, with just over 41% of students voting. All but three colleges had turnouts of below 25%.

Esther Green (L), Millie Tanner (C) and Kara-Jane Senior (R)
Esther Green (L), Millie Tanner (C) and Kara-Jane Senior (R)

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6 thoughts on “Breaking: Turnout extremely low as Millie Tanner announced as 2015/16 Students’ Union President

  • Ustinov is always a low turn out, compare it to other years. Postgrads don’t care about the silly undergrad’s Model Westminster club. Postgrads and Oliver “Steve” Graham know that your union is in the hands of the university powers-that-be and those elected will be groomed by union staff into towing the party line.

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  • Turnout was 3540 – up on last year’s 3088. The percentage is only lower this year because the number of students DEVote calculates it off of has been static for the past 3 years and only increased this year, so the percentage last year should have been lower.

    Postgraduate turnouts have always been <10%, it is hardly surprising this should be particular low in a PG only college. 43 votes (2.4%) may be low, but it's many times more than the 9 (0.5%) they managed last year.
    Two years ago would you have used 'Turnout was up to 70%' when the average was 27%?

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  • In the 1980s these figures would have been declared unexpectedly high! DSU then, as perhaps now, struggles for any real relevancy given the excellent services provided by most JCRs. A true child of the 60s, the Union has for many years been an anachronism in the Collegiate system, a home for the dispossessed or those who can’t or won’t fit in at the College they chose to join.

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  • In the 1980s these figures would have been declared unexpectedly high! DSU then, as perhaps now, struggles for any real relevancy given the excellent services provided by most JCRs. A true child of the 60s, the Union has for many years been an anachronism in the Collegiate system, a home for the dispossessed or those who can’t or won’t fit in at the College they chose to join. Given the turnout, can any Union officer really claim to have a mandate from the student population?

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  • Because the DSU is completely pointless and desperate for the feeling of relevance.

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