#OpDateRape – DISGUSTING – British Universities are attempting to propagandize and mislead students who are first time voters and rig EU referendum using lies and scare stories – leave people alone to make their own choice and stop trying to sway public opinion to achieve your own political goal, it is disgusting – students should call attention to anyone trying to sway their opinion using social engineering to achieve their political goals – debate is good, but intentionally manipulating people is outrageous – students should record their lecturers and put them on social media for peer review

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Universities urge students to back EU: Vice-chancellors launch campaign to encourage undergraduates to vote in the referendum

  • Campaign to be launched to create a ‘powerful voice’ from 1.8m students
  • Details emerged as Universities UK threw its weight behind Yes campaign 
  • Move has angered critics, who said universities should stay impartial on such a contentious political issue

Students are to be urged to vote in the EU referendum by university leaders lobbying to stay in Europe.

A campaign by vice-chancellors is to be launched to create a ‘powerful and positive voice’ from the 1.8million young adults, some of whom could be voting for the first time.

Details of the ‘Universities for Europe’ campaign emerged as Universities UK, which represents the sector, threw its weight behind the Yes camp.

Students are to be urged to vote in the EU referendum by university leaders lobbying to stay in Europe (file picture)

Students are to be urged to vote in the EU referendum by university leaders lobbying to stay in Europe (file picture)

But the controversial move angered critics, who said universities should stay impartial on such a contentious political issue.

Deputy Ukip leader Paul Nuttall, an MEP and former university lecturer, said: ‘Given that universities are supposed to be the bastions of open-minded learning, it seems wrong that an institution governing the interests of British education should embroil itself in a political debate that has seen people denied any democratic say whatsoever on how Britain should be governed for 40 years.’

Conservative Eurosceptic John Redwood said attempts to present a Yes vote as the ‘friendly status quo’ were misleading, adding: ‘They aim to run a campaign claiming … Yes is the risk-free option, and that No would mean all sorts of dire futures which they intend to portray by lies and scare stories.’

Universities UK, which represents the heads of 133 institutions, has voted to back EU membership. It said yesterday departments thrive on freedom of movement across Europe, which allows easy recruitment of top academics and sharing of projects.

Conservative Eurosceptic John Redwood (pictured) said attempts to present a Yes vote as the ‘friendly status quo’ were misleading

Conservative Eurosceptic John Redwood (pictured) said attempts to present a Yes vote as the ‘friendly status quo’ were misleading

Current arrangements ‘maximise the chances’ of discoveries and allow students to study abroad with less red tape, it added.

The Conservatives promised an in-out referendum on the EU if they won the election, with David Cameron now suggesting it will happen as early as next June.

Universities UK president-elect Dame Julia Goodfellow said in a speech yesterday: ‘In the referendum debate, universities must stand up and be counted … If you’re a student, make sure you register to vote and participate in discussions on your campus … If you’re an academic, make sure you share examples of how the EU has benefited your work.’

FRENCH ECONOMY MINISTER PLAYS DOWN CHANCES OF TREATY CHANGE

George Osborne (pictured) met with French economy minister Emmanuel Macron in Paris

George Osborne (pictured) met with French economy minister Emmanuel Macron in Paris

The French economy minister has played down the chances of changes to the EU treaty that Britain is demanding.

At a Paris meeting with George Osborne, Emmanuel Macron made clear he wants to work with London on economic reform and the Chancellor’s aides were pleased at the positive tone of his remarks.

But the economy minister was also asked about EU states committing to treaty changes required by any renegotiation achieved by David Cameron.

Mr Macron said: ‘I think all of us are very careful about treaty change right now, because if you ask people about Europe in the current situation, I do believe the answer will be a clear No in a lot of countries, whatever the question will be.

‘So what we need first is to work on concrete things … the question is not “Do you want a treaty change or not?”, the question is “What do you want to do?”’

He added: ‘You have a lot of important speeches about what the UK wants.

‘But I think speaking right now from scratch without clearly identifying what you want to do, just about treaty change or not, is definitely too early.’

She said the sector was still ‘open to debate’ and would welcome views from students and academics opposed to the union.

Britain benefits from £1.2billion a year in European research funding and it is the largest beneficiary of EU research funds to universities. The 24 Russell Group universities alone receive £400million a year – 11 per cent of their income.

But last year figures showed European students who took out taxpayer-funded loans to study at English universities are defaulting on nearly £40million of repayments.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3176657/Universities-urge-students-EU-Vice-chancellors-launch-campaign-encourage-undergraduates-vote-referendum.html

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