General Election 2019


On Thursday 12 December 2019, there will be a general election. Here you can find comment, analysis and information from academics at the University of Sheffield.


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General election 2019: Conservatives 'see highest rise in Twitter abuse'
Research by Professor Kalina Bontcheva, from the University of Sheffield's Department of Computer Science, which has measured the amount of abuse MPs have received online, is featured.

The Conversation - We interviewed more than 200 people about the NHS - they're angry at politicians, worried about its future
Professor Tamara Hervey, from the University of Sheffield's School of Law, discusses public opinion on the NHS and how politicians should support it.  

Yorkshire Post - After changing the rules on political advertising, google is setting out its own vision for democracy
Dr Kate Dommett, from the University of Sheffield's Department of Politics and International Relations, discusses Google's decision to change online political advertising.

BBC - Reaction to the Question Time Leaders Special
Dr Felicity Matthews, from the University of Sheffield's Department of Politics and International Relations, gives her reaction to the Question Time Leaders Special which was hosted at the University of Sheffield (item starts 55:26).

BBC Radio 4 - The World Tonight
Professor Charlie Burns, from the University of Sheffield's Department of Politics and International Relations, discusses how environmental policy influences voters (item starts: 33:58)

The Guardian - Are voters ready for Britain's economy to be rewired?
Professor Michael Jacobs, from the University of Sheffield's Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI), discusses a YouGov poll which suggested that political risk from proposing radical policies is diminishing.

BBC News - UK shows how not to regulate tech
Dr Kate Dommett, from the University of Sheffield's Department of Politics and International Relations, discusses her report on the lack of regulation around online political campaigning.

The Conversation - UK election 2019: this is what populism looks like when done by the British
Professor Matthew Flinders, from the University of Sheffield's Department of Politics and International Relations, discusses populist politics in the run up to the general election

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The Crick Centre

The Crick Centre studies and promotes the public understanding of politics in a manner that cultivates debate and encourages engaged citizenship around the world. It seeks to close the gap that has emerged between politicians and the public.

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Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute

Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) explores new ways of thinking about the economic and political challenges posed by the current combination of financial crisis, shifting economic power and environmental threat.

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Sheffield Methods Institute

The Sheffield Methods Institute (SMI) is transforming the social science research environment by developing world-class training in quantitative research methods.

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Department of Politics

Our Department of Politics gives people the tools to investigate and understand the way power is won and used in our increasingly complex world.

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We're number one for student voter registration practices

The University of Sheffield was placed joint first, along with the universities of Hull and Worcester, in new rankings compiled by Vote for Your Future in conjunction with Times Higher Education.

For the first time, universities have been ranked according to their voter registration efforts in five key areas: digital integration, communication, turnout, monitoring and engagement. The University of Sheffield scored top marks across all five categories in the assessment, which involved 70 UK universities.

The ranking highlights the success of the University in encouraging its students to register to vote through its pioneering student voter registration scheme.

Since 2014, the University of Sheffield has integrated voter registration into its start of term registration process. When students enrol at the University, they are given the opportunity to state if they would like their details to be shared with Sheffield City Council so they can join the electoral roll.

The University started its scheme with Sheffield City Council to boost awareness of the benefits of registering to vote and to improve the level of student electoral registrations. It has since been cited in Parliament as an example of best practice for its success in achieving high student voter registration figures.

Read more about our student voter registration scheme