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 41
  • Submitters 30
  • Last submission 21:09 on 24 May 2024
  • Voters 196
  • Commenters 11
  • Current 0
  • Locked 0
  • Passed 12
  • Rejected 4
  • Expired 25

Your Ideas

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  • 9 score
    23 voters


      The electioneering system of SUBU should be reviewed to have just 1 voting right per person for a particular candidate and position. The current system allows for an individual to vote for more than one candidate for a position which in popular opinion makes the voting system seem not transparent enough. The collation of these votes makes it difficult to understand its credibility.

      How do you see this being achieved?

      Achievable. SUBU should review the current voting system considering other voting system that allows 1 person to be eligible to one vote for a particular candidate and position alone. This should be applicable to elections requiring only 1 position or representative which is so for every elective positions in SUBU that makes up the executive. However, the positions that require more than one representative can still have the Single Transferrable Voting system which is required for all faculty representatives.

      Which Full-Time Officer should lead on it?

      The President

      What other student groups should be involved?

      All student groups.
    Zach Braid
    9:07am on 24 Nov 23 Good Morning Gabriel, Please can make amendments to this idea in the 'How do you see this being achieved?' to outline the steps you think should be taken to achieve this policy rather than simply stating you find it to be achievable.
    Ahmed Ola
    11:34am on 20 Jan 24 I agree. Please pass. Thanks
    Zainab Abdul-Obitayo
    3:16pm on 25 Jan 24 First Past the Post, which is the idea that you are proposing, would not be the most effective electoral method for our student union. It has been shown to result in less democratic options - for instance: the winner may receive a majority of votes (such as 51%) but there would still be a large portion of people (in this case 49%) who don't support that candidate. Additionally, first past the post restricts voter choice and often encourages tactical voting (ie: voting for the person you find okay because the opponent is much worse). Our current system has safeguards to prevent issues like that - such as: the ability to rank candidates allows for voters to express all of their opinions, provides them with a wider choice of candidate and removes the need of tactical voting.