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Every year, it seems that we have coursework deadlines for the day of the local elections or the following day. Since the deadline day and the day prior to it appear to be the most intense for many people, it is wrong that they should clash with the day of an election. Especially for those such as myself who study politics.

Local elections and, even more so, general elections are extremely important yet many students don't vote as they're "too busy with their work" to go out to the polling station. Giving us an extra 3 or 4 days by moving this deadline back to the following Monday would make a very big improvement. After all, what kind of message does this send out to students about politics?

For those of us who are members of a political party also and are therefore incredibly involved in campaigning, especially students who are also local election candidates, the week of an election can be unbearably stressful when it clashes with coursework. All it would take is to shift the deadline back by one or two working days to the following Monday and much of this stress would be alleviated.

We already have to choose between Party Conferences and Freshers' Fayre as those dates clash, but clashing election days with coursework and exams just makes the entire structure of this university totally unfriendly to those who are politically active.


No deadlines or exams on or following Election Days

This Idea for Change opened on 26 Feb 2019 and closes on 12 March 2019.

17 students voted on this Idea, giving a score of +16.

This Idea for Change has passed to the Student Change team for action, who have until 02 April 2019 to respond or pass on to an Officer. 

  • 10 Aug 2019: This Student Idea has expired as it did not meet the roll-over threshold for being worked on during the next academic year. This Idea had scored less than 30, and has not passed to the next academic year. #wolveschange


Marie Dodd
9:53am on 12 Mar 19 This Idea has passed and the comments will remain open for discussion while the Create Change team action the Idea.
Iman Hussain
5:19pm on 7 Mar 19 No deadlines at all, and we should do stuff whenever.