Lowering The Voting Age In The UK

A Leverhulme Trust Project

Welcome to the Lowering the Voting Age Project.

We are a collaborative academic project based at the Universities of Huddersfield, Liverpool and Nottingham Trent which aims to enhance significantly the scale and scope of political and public deliberation on the vital issue of the appropriate age of enfranchisement and its potential impact upon young people’s political engagement by providing the most solid evidence base yet available.


The original project lasted 2 years (2018-2020) and was funded by the Leverhulme Trust.  We have subsequently continued our research and expanded our collaborations.  As well as continuing to publish results from the original project we currently have 12 month research funding (starting from January 2021) from the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust for our ‘Making Votes at 16 Work in Wales’ project.  This project aims to evaluate the impact of lowering the voting age to 16 at the 2021 Senedd election on young people’s engagement with Welsh politics.


This website will provide regular updates on our ongoing work including events, reports, academic publications and links to key resources related to the Votes at 16 debate.  Our ambition is for it to become the main online source for information and materials related to the Votes-at-16 debate in the UK.

News & Events


New Article in Teaching Citizenship

The 'Making Votes-at-16 Work in Wales' project team has recently published an article in Teaching Citizenship, which is published by the Association of Citizenship Teaching.…

Policy Report – Making Votes-at-16 work in Wales

We are pleased to announce the publication of our policy report 'Making Votes-at-16 Work in Wales: Lessons for the Future'. Download report Download summary The…

Policy Report – The ‘Welsh Way’ to Votes-at 16

We are pleased to announce the publication of our policy report 'The 'Welsh Way' to Votes-at-16' which can be found through this link. This report…
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