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Manchester Professor to sit in ITV’s Referendum hot seat

22 Jun 2016

The University of Manchester’s Professor Jane Green is once again making the final preparations to provide live analysis on ITV when she takes the hot seat in ITV’s Referendum Result Live Programme.

Last May the Co-Director of the British Election Study joined ITV’s News at Ten Presenters Tom Bradby and Julie Etchingham to analyse the results LIVE during the ITV News Election 2015 Overnight Programme, working through the night of May 15 as the poll results came in.

When the Referendum polls close on Thursday Professor Green, who is one of the nation’s leading political scientists, will be working with Tom Bradby, Allegra Stratton and Professor Colin Rallings in the ITV studio.

This year Jane will be analysing patterns of voting throughout the night on a map of results. Manchester’s Dr Chris Prosser will also be in the studio using British Election Study data to inform the likelihood of a victory for remain or for leave.

Expert analysis and reaction will be in high demand and the team will share their interpretation of the results as they happen.

Professor Green has been using British Election Study data, which has been monitoring British electoral behaviour since 1964, to prepare the graphics and visual data for the night to give viewers an informed and impartial view of the results as they come in.

Based at ITV News’ Grays Inn Road studio Coverage begins at 22h00 until 06h00.

The British Election Study is run by The University of Manchester in collaboration with the Universities of Oxford and Nottingham.

Professor Green said: “The EU Referendum will be a landmark moment in British political history, and it is hugely exciting to be a member of ITV’s team bringing results and analysis, with the help of BES data, live to the nation as

they happen.“

Laura Holgate, Programme Editor of ITV'S Referendum Result Live, said: “Professor Green will play a crucial role in our EU Referendum coverage, interrogating data as it comes in and guiding viewers as this hugely important night for the nation plays out.”

Notes for editors

The British Election Study is one of the longest running election studies in the world and the longest running social science survey in the UK. It has been making a major contribution to the understanding of political attitudes and behaviour ever since 1964, when it launched. The British Election Study is currently managed by The University of Manchester, The University of Oxford and The University of as it comes in and guiding viewers as this hugely important night for the nation plays out.”

The University of Manchester, a member of the prestigious Russell Group, is the UK’s largest single-site university with 38,600 students. It has 20 academic schools and hundreds of specialist research groups undertaking pioneering, multi-disciplinary teaching and research of worldwide significance. The University is one of the country’s major research institutions, rated fifth in the UK in terms of ‘research power’ (REF 2014), and has had no fewer than 25 Nobel laureates either work or study there. The University had an annual income of £1 billion in 2014/15. Visit

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