Submit New Idea

Welcome to Your Ideas. Here you can submit ideas for change, as well as voting and commenting on other students’ ideas. The more votes and comments a post gets, the more likely it’ll be taken to the SUBU Summit or Student Members’ Meeting where students will vote whether to adopt the idea as Union Policy or engage in the suggested action. 


Before submitting an Idea

Your ideas can be about anything, from big structural changes to small amendments. They can call for change from within SUBU, BU or the wider community. Your ideas can be action based such as asking the Union to lobby the university on a specific issue or ideological such as supporting a specific group. Prior to every meeting of the SUBU Summit and Students Member’s meeting, the SUBU Summit Chair reviews ideas that fulfil the voting requirements and decides which three should form a motion and be taken to meetings. Motions are discussed and debated, and a final vote is then taken. If approved these motions, then become Union Policy or are acted on.  

You can find out more about Union Policy, as well as viewing the current list of live policies here. Please ensure you look at existing policies before submitting your idea so we can avoid duplicates of policies.  

Please also note the Your Ideas platform is NOT for complaints.  

Example of what IS an Idea: 

For SUBU to lobby BU for lecture and seminar resources to be shared one week in advance.

Example of what IS NOT an Idea: 

Misleading packaging on food sold in SUBU shop.

This is not an Idea as this is something SUBU would action immediately for the health and safety of students. An Idea of this nature would not need to go to a SUBU Summit or Student Members Meeting to be voted upon.  

When submitting your ideas, you’ll be asked to answer the following questions: 

  1. What is your idea – what do you think needs to change, be amended, be introduced;  keep it concise and relevant and use research/data/feedback where necessary to back up your Idea 

  1. How do you see this being achieved – what steps should SUBU take to achieve this, what is the solution to the problem. 

  1. Which Full-Time Officer you think should lead on it?

    1. President 

    2. VP Education 

    3. VP Student Opportunities 

    4. VP Welfare and Community 

  2. What other student groups you think should be involved? - Please list any of our liberation networks, faculties, clubs & societies and student communities.

Once you have submitted an Idea

Ideas are reviewed four times an academic year before each SUBU Summit and the Student Members’ Meeting with a maximum of three ideas being voted on in each meeting. Some ideas, where easy to implement, already in policy, or easy to amend existing policy may be implemented and passed without motion at either of these meetings. 

Once students submit an idea, other students can vote and comment on this to indicate their support or lack thereof for the proposed ideas. Students will be able to  vote in favour of  the idea or to vote against the idea. Ideas require 15 votes in favour to be moved forwards to the discussions stage. Subsequently, ideas with 15 votes against will be rejected.


SUBU reserves the right to reject any Idea that poses a financial, reputational or legal risk to the Union.  


Once an idea achieves the necessary votes the student who submitted the idea will be invited in by a member of the Democracy and Campaigns team to discuss their idea in greater depth, to provide further context and create a draft policy. This draft policy will then be taken to an agenda setting meeting where Officers will discuss and vote on whether to take the motion to either SUBU Summit or Student Members Meeting.  

If the idea is not selected by the committee to go to meeting, it can receive one of two outcomes; Decline – The idea is closed and updated accordingly but can be resubmitted without time penalty OR Revisit – The idea will be on hold and reviewed again before the next SUBU Summit where it will either be selected to go to meeting or will be Declined. 

If an idea that is made presented as a motion at either the SUBU Summit Meeting or Student Members’ Meeting it will be updated on ‘Your Ideas’ accordingly and made into Union Policy. 

All ideas on the platform will be kept updated accordingly .


Your Ideas

  • Ideas 35
  • Submitters 25
  • Last submission 16:53 on 16 Feb 2024
  • Voters 176
  • Commenters 10
  • Current 17
  • Locked 8
  • Passed 7
  • Rejected 3
  • Expired 0

Your Ideas

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Harish Kumar Goyal
2:31pm on 17 Oct 23 Agreed
Savannah Shaw
2:48pm on 17 Oct 23 I think this is a great idea for students. Personally I always opt for other supermarkets to buy a meal deal as I find the food and drinks too expensive at uni so this would be great if put in place
Kyrian Onwuegbuchunam
3:37pm on 17 Oct 23 It will help many students
Nila Begum
3:39pm on 17 Oct 23 Agree
Ajay Dahiya
7:56pm on 17 Oct 23 I totally support in this idea. Let's workout together on it. It is Great meal deal for all the students
Rishav Kumar Singh
8:21pm on 17 Oct 23 It’s a Great idea . It will benefit all the students.
Twinkle .
9:36pm on 18 Oct 23 Agreed
Salawat Ibiwunmi Oshodi
8:59am on 19 Oct 23 I do agree with this. Its a great idea and it will really all the students who spend time on the uni.
Johnson Adetola
9:44am on 19 Oct 23 Its a great idea
Vikram Chilukuri
11:55am on 19 Oct 23 Agreed
Lindarose Nkem Olofinlua
7:14pm on 19 Oct 23 Agree
Lindarose Nkem Olofinlua
7:22pm on 19 Oct 23 This is a welcome initiative, especially for students who do not have breakfast before coming to class. It will be great to have subsidised meal deals for students.
Sneha Narayan Kamble
7:26pm on 19 Oct 23 Agreed
Zach Braid
12:05pm on 20 Oct 23 This idea has reached the necessary threshold for policy development and consideration. A member of the Democracy and Campaigns team will be in touch to help develop this idea in to a policy submission for consideration. In the the meantime, we ask that students continue to vote to express their views and thoughts on the suggested idea.
Russell Evans
12:24pm on 1 Nov 23 Considering how much students (especially international students) have to pay to be at BU in the first place, I think initiatives like this that make the cost of living more affordable should be a priority. As much as I understand that the bottom line at BU matters, I personally feel the centre of gravity has swung too far towards that way of thinking about issues, often at the expense of student wellbeing. This would be a step in the right direction.
Fiona Donaldson
1:47pm on 2 Nov 23 Now the catering team have decided to charge for hot water. In addition to milk. Just hot water. I'm going to put in a second suggestion that this should br scrapped, but it's clear they're trying to profit from this, not merely cover costs.
Zach Braid
10:26am on 9 Nov 23 Good Morning, Our union officers have decided not to take this forward to the upcoming Summit at this time. At this time, this idea is still open to voting from students and has been agreed to be revisited before next Summit to decide whether it will move forward to that summit or will be rejected.
Alexis Kidby
9:23am on 25 Nov 23 I agree - The meal deal lunch option is not subsidised. The majority get this from Tesco and Asda as you can get more for your money with more choice. I am vegetarian and can get a no meat - hoisin wrap from tesco with an latte, crisps and chocolate bar for the same price as the meal deal option at Gateway but you only get 3 items and less choice. If the uni subsidised their options, more people would buy the products which would probably mean they actually make more in the long run.... Also when I raised that there are limited discounted options I was told we did have options but these were things like tea and cake / or bacon bap ect. However, I argue these are not substantial meals OR healthy!
Zach Braid
9:45am on 1 Feb 24 Good Morning, Our union officers have decided not to take this idea forward to the upcoming Summit. Given this is the second occasion where this idea has not moved forward, the idea will now be rejected in line with the Your Ideas guidelines. I apologise that this may not be the outcome you wanted to see and welcome you to reach out to with any concerns or questions.