From Statutory Instrument 2001 No. 341, Representation of the People (England and Wales) Regulations:
23. – (1) A registration officer may require any person to give information required for the purposes of that officer’s duties in maintaining registers of parliamentary and local government electors.
(2) A registration officer is under a duty to require persons to give information required for the purposes of that officer’s duty under section 3(1) of the Juries Act 1974.
(3) If any person –
(a) fails to comply with, or
b) gives false information in pursuance of,
any such requisition of the registration officer as is mentioned in this regulation, he shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.
The university is acting as the householder from the perspective of the local electoral registration officer, who therefore expects a full list of electors for the register. The university is trying to claim that non-student residents should make individual registrations (
That’ll be a £1000 fine, then.