University experts and Guild of Students to host all-night Election event

The University’s Department of Politics has teamed up with the Guild of Students to host an all-night General Election results event.

Starting at 9pm, BBC coverage of the election results will be shown on large TV screens in the Guild’s courtyard and, at regular intervals, a rolling panel of University experts will analyse and discuss the results as they come in.

Experts include Dr Stuart Wilks-Heeg, Dr Sophie Whiting, Dr Alex Balch and Mr Jasper Miles, all from the Department of Politics alongside Professor David Whyte (Sociology), Dr Mike Gordon (Law), Dr Richard Huzzey (History), Dr Peter North (Geography) and Dr Michael Cole (Management School).

Dr Stuart Wilks-Heeg, Head of Politics, said: “With the result of the 2015 UK General Election destined to be the most unpredictable and exciting in living memory, this event in the Guild of Students provides the ideal setting for staff and students to watch the results as they come in and hear up-to-the-minute analysis and predictions on local, regional and national results from University experts.”

Harry Anderson, President of the Guild of Students, added: “The Guild is the perfect backdrop to host coverage and discussions about the General Election.

“We’re really looking forward to Thursday – it will be great to give students and staff a place to come together to watch the action and share the experience with them.”

An ‘in-house’ team of staff and students will undertake statistical data analysis of the early results and will tweet their analysis using the hashtag #LivUniGE15

Politics undergraduates, who have been studying the module `British General Elections Since 1945’, will provide specialist student input and will have the opportunity to practice their election punditry.

The Courtyard bar will be open until 3am and food will be available to purchase.

The event is open to staff, students and guests and no booking is required.

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