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Scotland is midway through a process of reducing the age of voting to 16, which will complete during the 2017 local elections. For the first time 16 and 17 year olds were able to vote in the 2014 independence referendum and the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections. Concurrently, in recent years, the House of Lords have voiced their support for a UK wide reduction in voting age as well as the Liberal Democrats, Labour, and Green parties.
Given the high level of interest, and broad support for this policy change, our symposium seeks to explore the impact which ‘Votes at 16’ has had upon youth political activism within Scotland, using recent Parliamentary elections, the independence referendum and the EU referendum as case studies. The event will present findings from leading academics as well as offering the opportunity for young people to discuss their perspective on the changes.
Speakers include: Prof Jacqui Briggs (University of Lincoln), Dr Jan Eichhorn (University of Edinburgh) and Dr Andrew Mycock (University of Huddersfield) Alison Johnstone (MSP for Lothian), Isabella TImmins (MSYP), Callum McLeod (Community Learning and Development Worker). As this is a free event spaces are limited therefore early registration is suggested to avoid disappointment.
12.30 p.m. Registration and networking lunch
1.45 p.m. "'An Irrefutable Case'? Lowering the voting age in Scotland"
Dr Andy Mycock, University of Huddersfield
2.30 p.m. Lowering the voting age: Who does it really benefit?
Dr Jan Eichhorn, University of Edinburgh
3.15 p.m. Coffee Break
3.30 p.m. Round Table Discussion
Chairs: Prof Jacqui Briggs and Leigh Ingham
Panel: Alison Johnstone MSP, Isabella TImmins MSYP, Callum McLeod (Community Learning and Development Worker)
4.30 p.m. Close and networking
Is the venue accessible?
The venue is fully accessible to wheelchairs
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, as long as you have registered we will have your name and details on the attendance list.
What if I can no longer make the event but have registered?
As this is a free event with limited spaces we ask all attendees to let us know in advance if they are no longer able to attend. As much notice as possible would be appreciated to allow your ticket to be reallocated.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Grassmarket Community Project is in the heart of Edinburgh’s old town in the Grassmarket Area of the City. Public Transport is the best option. It is situated 10 minutes walk from the main train Station, Edinburgh Waverley
Walking directions from Waverley Station:
Take the main exit out of Waverley Station up the ramp. Turn left at the top of the ramp, and at the mini roundabout turn right up the hill.
At the top of the road turn left onto the mound and continue round until the crossroads with the Royal Mile.
Cross straight over the crossroads and continue down GeorgeIVBridge passing the libraries on both sides. Look out for the Greyfriars Bobby Statue on the right hand side. Go down the street just past this heading almost back on yourself. This is Candlemaker Row
Grassmarket Community Project is on the left hand side, by the mini roundabout, the glass fronted building set back from the courtyard.
Arriving by Car:
There is some metered parking in the Grassmarket, this is reasonable for an hour but expensive beyond this.
The nearest Car-park is Castle Terrace NCP. This again is expensive and not recommended (£16+for 6 hours)
The best value option is the Long-stay Car-park, entrance on New Street. This is a 10 minute walk from Waverley Station, see instructions above.