Student, youth & young professional research

Student Vote Series
Labour dominated the student vote; UKIP and Lib Dems soundly rejected

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Student Vote and Party Preference Exit Poll May 2015 Exit poll headlines We ran our own ‘exit poll’ immediately after the May 2015 General Election As predicted, Labour is the leading party for students The Greens take 13% of the vote, a good result, however less than predicted UKIP holds very little appeal for students The Lib Dems were soundly rejected by students; 7% supported them in 2015 compared to … Continue reading

BBC News – Students unconvinced they receive value for money from university courses

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The BBC featured results from the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) and the Higher Education Academy’s (HEA) recent survey, the 2015 Student Academic Experience Survey. YouthSight provided fieldwork and data analysis services for this study, including collecting all 15,129 responses from full-time undergraduate students. The BBC reported that , on average, students receive 12 hours “contact” time per week.  The survey suggests 59% of students are “fairly satisfied” with their … Continue reading

YouthSight help Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) & Higher Education Academy with 2015 Student Academic Experience Survey

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The Higher Education Policy Institute and the Higher Education Academy launched results of the 2015 Student Academic Experience Survey on Thursday, 4th June. Fieldwork and data analysis services for the study were once again provided by YouthSight using their Student Panel, part of The OpinionPanel Community, the UK’s largest youth research community and access panel.   Based on 15,129 responses from full-time undergraduate students across all years of study, the … Continue reading

Ve Interactive Conference: Giving Higher Education the Digital Edge

Event date: Wednesday 13 May, 2015
Organiser: VE Interactive
Location: Farringdon, London EC1
Participation: Speaking

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  YouthSight’s Director of HE Research, James MacGregor, was invited to speak at Ve Interactive’s one day conference; “Giving Higher Education the Digital Edge”. James’ paper was entitled “The Revolutionary Decade? How prospective students get their information and what it means for universities”, shared our perspective on how digital sources have impacted on applicant decision making processes over the past ten years. Click on James’ picture to link to a … Continue reading

Higher Education Research Snippets – May 2015 – Snippet 18
At the key decision-point, potential students are thinking about the near-future

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The drivers of university choices among UK prospective undergraduates are well-researched. Reputations, course appeal, and employability figure prominently as they hint at how much a degree will contribute to an applicant’s life chances. A university might be tempted to continuously pump messages on how strong they are on these far-future factors into the growing collection of communication channels. Surely, emphasising how good you are at the most important things will … Continue reading

Student Vote Series
Labour remain the first choice party for students

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Student Vote and Party Preference April 2015 – UPDATE Labour remain the first choice party for students The Green Party recovers slightly since last wave, but remains in 3rd place 75% of students are likely to vote in the general election (rising from 69% at the start of April), bucking the youth trend Party preference With the 2015 general election imminent, Labour remains the first choice party for students, with … Continue reading

Student Vote Series
University applicants do not think 16 year olds should get to vote

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In the run up to the general election, YouthSight will be posing questions to young people across the UK about issues that affect them. The first in our series explored student voting intention. This is the second piece, looking at whether young people think that 16 and 17 year olds should be given the right to vote. Reducing the voting age to 16 Remember the Scottish referendum? Not only was … Continue reading

Student Vote Series
Conservatives back in second place and The Green Party down by 15 points amongst students

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Student Vote and Party Preference April 2015 Research Highlights Labour remain the first choice party for students The Green Party falls 13 points, slipping back into third place All other parties have made small gains in voting share 69% of students are likely to vote in the general election (rising from 66% last wave), bucking the youth trend Party leaders are still held in low regard; but some improvement since … Continue reading

YouthSight’s student voting data featured in The Prospect

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YouthSight’s February 2015 student polling data has been recently featured in The Prospect. In a recent article discussing the relevancy of the Lib Dem party, our research was reported which outlined the decrease in support for Lib Dem among student voters. Currently, only 7% of students would vote Lib Dem – a sharp decline in support since the last election. YouthSight has been tracking students’ voting intentions for the last … Continue reading

YouthSight’s student voting data featured in The UK Polling Report

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YouthSight’s February 2015 student polling data has been recently featured in The UK Polling Report. In a recent article discussing the most prominent figures of the polling data, our research was quoted which found Labour ranking as the most popular party among student voters (33%), closely followed by the Green party (28%) and the Conservative Party (23%). YouthSight has been tracking students’ voting intentions for the last 10 years. Our … Continue reading