Hi everyone! We want to apologise for not being very communicative with you all, over the past couple weeks. The society has been undergoing a substantial reorganisation following the committee transition earlier this year but we’re now ready to share our plans for the society with you all.
First, we’re going to be hosting a variety of speaker and policy lab events next term, and we’ll have a schedule for you in the near future. Second, we want to rebuild the think tank community by hosting socials with other student societies. Third, we’re looking to re-establish the think tank’s research capabilities and our Head of Consultations Michaela is looking for interesting ideas for articles and research projects.
Lastly, we want to make York Student Think Tank the country’s best think tank, and to do that we want to assemble an excellent team in time for the next academic year, so be on the lookout for elections and other opportunities in the future.
We’re planning on hosting a social before the end of this term, and we’ll have more details about that soon. Otherwise we can’t wait to meet you all and spend the rest of this year making York Student Think Tank one of the best societies on campus.
On Thursday 17th of November YSTT hosted its 2016 Political Party Panel Event.
We invited the major student political parties on campus and representatives from the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, the Greens and UKIP attended.
We’d like to thank all the five panelists for taking time out of their busy schedules to share their views on pivotal issues such as Brexit, the situation with the NHS and Trump’s presidency. We’d also like to thank the audience that kept the debate heated with all their interesting questions!
YSTT recently completed research into UK students’ attitudes towards the upcoming EU Referendum on Thursday. Formations of political opinions were explored to find out how students from all over the United Kingdom are thinking about voting.
Attached are the results of the research carried out; detailing and breaking down the opinions of those surveyed. Whether or not you use the results to sway your own decision, or try and compare your opinion to those of others, we hope the report is useful to you.
- Executive Summary:
- Of 122 students, the majority (68.9%) are for remaining in the European Union (EU).
- A significant proportion of students (5.7%) are still unsure as to how they will vote.
- With regards to the policy area most important in influencing student stances, interest was widely spread, with ‘Borders and Immigration’ taking the greatest proportion of responses (23.0%).
- Most respondents said that they felt that the UK Parliament is best capable of dealing with most policy areas, with some respondents indicating that they would like to see further devolution of power, most notably with the Arts and Culture policy area.
- Welfare proved to be a wedge issue, with 51.1% of respondents claiming that they were for EU migrants receiving the same welfare benefits as British citizens.
- Students felt well-informed about the debate surrounding the EU referendum, with an average mark of 8.05 out of 10, with 0 representing total unawareness and 10 representing a respondent feeling ‘Very Aware’.
- While the majority of students (70%) believe that a referendum is an appropriate method of deciding whether or not the UK should remain in the European Union, a significant proportion of students (30%) believe that it is an inappropriate method.
- Online media sources represent the main source of news for students with 48.9% identifying it as their most informative source of information.
- The majority of students (60.99%) believe that leaving the EU will have an adverse impact on the United Kingdom’s trade position.