To Brexit or not to Brexit? EU referendum survey now open

A Times Higher Education survey on voting intentions for the historic poll is seeking the views of all UK higher education staff eligible to take part

May 23, 2016
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This survey has now closed.

To take part in the short survey, which takes only a couple of minutes to complete, all you need is a functioning UK university email address.

We will use the responses to put together a picture of how the UK university sector feels about the referendum, and how the workforce intends to vote.

John Gill, editor of THE, said: “We ran a survey in the build-up to the Scottish independence referendum and the last general election and they provided a real insight into the voting intentions of academics, professional and support staff at UK institutions.

“Now, with just weeks to go until a referendum that could have huge ramifications for UK universities, it will be fascinating to find out how those working in higher education are planning to vote.”

Your responses will be kept anonymous, and at no point will you be contacted by THE, nor will we pass your details on to any third parties.

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Reader's comments (5)

May I suggest you rephrase how you announce this poll, please? You write: 'A Times Higher Education survey on voting intentions for the historic poll is seeking the views of all UK higher education staff' In practice, the poll has been phrased in such a way that international UK HE staff cannot respond. They have no vote, neither in the EU referendum nor in the THES poll of 'all UK higher education staff'. At the same time it is perhaps worth noting that there are _quite a few_ of international staff without a vote. It is therefore not quite possible to 'use the responses to put together a picture of how the UK university sector feels about the referendum...' It allows at best a picture of how UK citizens who work in HE feel about these matters. Thank you.
Thanks - we have tweaked the intro.
Tweaking the intro is ok, now what about tweaking the survey itself to allow non-UK academics working in the UK to take part? I'm working at a UK university (lecturer) on a German passport. At least three other members of my department are non-UK EU citizens. While the fact that our opinions don't matter to the THE is much less frustrating than the fact that we're not allowed to vote, it still suggests a UK-centric attitude that is at the heart of much of Brexit's appeal. It would be easy enough for the THE to add a button for those of us who are not eligible to vote, and still tally our opinions.
In this survey, we wanted to get a sense of how those eligible will vote. We of course value non-UK academics' opinions too. Drop me a line on - we regularly publish opinions as blogs / letters to the editor. I'd be happy to discuss these options.
For a view on the referendum from academics various see: - the Linguists group on here particularly includes very large numbers who are not eligible to vote, including (and it rankles with them) EU citizens in our departments

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