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 40
  • Submitters 29
  • Last submission 17:43 on 07 May 2024
  • Voters 196
  • Commenters 11
  • Current 24
  • Locked 2
  • Passed 10
  • Rejected 4
  • Expired 0

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    17 voters

    Political issues.

      I believe the university need to be easier on political issues, because there are many political issues that affect students but nothing is done about it, no support is given out & most of the time no one is educated about the issue hence it is not talked about. I think it is important for students to be educated and given knowledge about political issues that affect their peers. the university allow for spaces to be created for political activism and education.

      How do you see this being achieved?

      BU should allow societies to be more activist specifically political societies and liberation campaigns in terms of allowing healthy debates on political issues. There should be room for education so that students are educated and given knowledge about it.

      Which Full-Time Officer should lead on it?

      Fatima Farha- VP welfare & community

      What other student groups should be involved?

      liberation officers, cultural societies, political societies, student reps.
    Dylan Hayden
    11:56am on 8 Feb 24 "Healthy debates" can be difficult to achieve. Even more so if there aren't societies or networks to represent one of the opinions/sides. Also, some things are not considered to be political at all. How will it be agreed that something is political? There are many heated "debates" currently ongoing in this country including gay rights, abortion, trans rights, what constitutes antisemitism, which countries/organisations the UK supports/proscribes, what "reasonable adjustments" mean, immigration levels, religion in schools/in public, welfare recipients... I could go on, but you get the idea. If speakers from outside BU were to come in to "debate" something, how will it be ensured they are on equal footing with another speaker, how will it be ensured that hate speech towards people isn't included in these "debates"? Would security be involved for extremely heated topics? Who ensures/how will it be ensured that activities such as this don't make students feel unsafe on campus? A policy involving this would require a lot of specific points, risk assessments etc. This potentially also links in with "freedom of expression" which requires safety of students, security arrangements etc etc It's a good idea, but not a simple one to implement.