Notwestminster: Engaging student citizens in local democracy

16 Feb 2019, Huddersfield

Wish that our democracy was in finer fettle? If we want to assemble a stronger local democracy, we all need to work together as citizens to help create it. Notwestminster is about finding the people, ideas and energy we need, so that we can use our skills and experiences for a common purpose. Together we can improve our local democracy.

The role and contribution of student citizens in local communities is significant. However, research suggests that their engagement with local democracy is often limited, with many students not registering or voting in elections, joining local political parties, or engaging in community decision-making. This workshop with Dr Andy Mycock and Dr Arianna Giovannini will explore and debate practical ways in which we can enhance student knowledge, engagement and participation in local democracy.

This workshops will focus on three key themes: 

  • local democratic education
  • local democratic engagement
  • local democratic participation

Andy and Arianna will briefly share some of their academic research on the subject and you will also hear from some of their students, who will reflect on their own experiences as ‘engaged citizens’ and discuss examples of good practice. Participants and speakers will then work together to develop some ideas aimed at improving student citizens’ engagement, based around the key themes. The event  aims to create some practical proposals that could be put into action.


This event is part of a two-day event featuring workshops, quick-fire talks, practical activities, conversations and inspiration in Huddersfield. Notwestminster is a free event and everyone who is interested in making local democracy better and willing to do something to make it happen is welcome to take part.

The Media Centre
7 Northumberland Street
HD1 1RL Huddersfield