B&FC Votes

Getting involved in democracy is a crucial aspect of being an active citizen. As a student of B&FC, you will be able to participate in the upcoming B&FC votes the week commencing Monday 17th April. By exercising your right to vote, you can have a say in what is important to you, shape the future of your college and contribute to building a better community.

This event is inspired by Make your Mark and is designed to prepare you on what to expect if you participate in a General Election.​

Make your Mark

Make Your Mark gives all young people aged 11-18 in the UK the chance to have a say on the biggest issues facing young people. 

Supported by over 780 schools, colleges, youth groups, and Councils. Powered by the British Youth Council; made possible with kind support of BBC Children in Need, National Lottery Community Fund, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. The results will be used to decide what the UK Youth Parliament should campaign on in 2022-24.

General Election

There is loads of parties for you to choose to vote for in a General Election but it is important to vote for the party you align to the most. 

Before a General Election, each party will release a manifesto. It contains the set of policies that the party stands for and would wish to implement if elected to govern. You should read these before a general election to be better informed before casting your vote.

To vote, you must: 

  1. be registered to vote
  2. be 18 or over on the day of the election (‘polling day’)
  3. be a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen
  4. be resident at an address in the UK (or a British citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years)
  5. not be legally excluded from voting
  6. Check you have Photo ID

FREE Student Voter ID

NUS have teamed up with Citizen Card to offer students a free voter ID.
As B&FC Students' Union are a member of NUS, all B&FC students can get a FREE voter ID from Citizen Card (usually £15). Just use the code NUS or by clicking this link.