Referendum Results are in...

should the Guild lobby the University to support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, the results are in!

From Tuesday 19th March – Friday 22nd March, we asked University of Liverpool students whether the Guild should lobby the University to support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions through boycotting the following 5 companies:  

  • Amazon (Project Nimbus)  

  • Hewlett Packard (HP)  

  • Jaguar Land Rover  

  • BAE Systems  

  • Agusta Westland  

With 1417 votes in total, we had a turnout of 4.7% of the student body. This means that the required quoracy of 3% (904 votes) was achieved in this Referendum. 

The results of the Referendum were as follows: 

Should the Guild adopt the proposal: “Oppose Israeli Crimes through Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)”? 

Yes – 1243 votes 

No – 174 votes 

This Referendum was called in accordance with the Guild’s democratic processes and was an opportunity for the Guild’s membership to decide and form a corporate conclusion on the matters expressed within it. Any steps to be taken by the Guild in the implementation of any adopted motion will be subject to the trustees’ charity law duties and the Articles of Association of the Guild.  

Support is here 

We understand that debates surrounding this topic can be challenging, and we are considerate of the impact that this may have on the student community.  If you would like to reach out for support, there are a number of services available:  

Thank you to everyone who had their say and engaged with the Guild’s democratic processes. We will keep you updated on the next steps. In the meantime, if you have any questions or queries, please email