The National Union of Students has launched a new digital tool, VoteSavvy, (https://votesavvy.co.uk/student) which helps students decide which political party to vote for in the upcoming general election.
Students at universities in England can take the quiz, which asks their opinions on the biggest political issues affecting them at this election.
The quiz takes just five minutes and poses a series of questions on the issues most important to NUS’ members.
The quiz was launched in partnership with Savvy, a tech company dedicated to informing young people about politics in a non-partisan way. Since 2015 Savvy’s apps have been trusted by over 2.5 million voters when researching their voting options.
Savvy works with fact-checking services Full Fact and UK in a Changing Europe to independently map students’ answers to political party manifestos and give a recommendation on which manifesto is most closely aligned to their views.
Together, NUS and Savvy have developed distinct quizzes for students in England and Wales, reflecting the devolved political landscape of the UK.
The country will go to the polls on 12 December in one of the most important general elections in the UK’s history.
Speaking with Student Times NUS President Zamzam Ibrahim said: “Our app gives students a starting point when they’re deciding which party to cast their vote for at the ballot box on 12 December.
“There are so many apps out there making voting recommendations, but none focus on the issues that really matter to students. Students want to know about policies on tuition fees, Erasmus+ and mental health services, and that’s what we’re giving them.
“In the age of information overload and fakes news, we’re giving students a solution to the question ‘Who should I vote for?’
“This is the most important general election of our lives and students and young people are expected to play a greater part than ever before. It’s important they’re well informed on the issues that matter to them.
“And no matter who they decide to vote for on 12 December, we’re encouraging students to make a plan to vote on the day, to make sure their voice is heard.”