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

Your Ideas

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  • 32 score
    34 voters

    The right to freedom of expression on campus

      Bournemouth university is supposed to be a progressive space for students to use how they wish, the primary focus should always be the best interest of the students, with that in mind I would like to draw attention to the events of October 23rd, in which a student stood in silent protest on Talbot Campus, causing absolutely no disturbance and harming nobody. Campus security asked her to stop her protest and when she did not comply they threatened to physically remove her, at which point she asked onlookers to get their phones out and record if they tried. Upon the realisation that they could not risk this happening, campus security said they would call the police. No student should feel threatened on campus, especially not by the uni itself, and yet I have been made aware that other students have been threatened with their visas and scholarships for exercising their freedom of speech. (I have included a link to the article relating to this incident for more information.) Regardless of your stance on the situation, everyone has the right to freedom of expression under article 10 of the human rights act. The actions taken by BU security undermine that right and undermine the dignity of all students and I would ask that BU is held accountable for this and protects the rights of all students to express themselves and their opinions without being threatened.

      How do you see this being achieved?

      Bournemouth university should be made to update their student disciplinary procedures, which (from what I can tell) were last updated in 2021, in order to ensure proper procedure is followed in order to protect students. The definitions of misconduct laid out in the disciplinary procedures make no mention of protest and/or demonstrations which do not disrupt ordinary university life. The university must make it's stance on this subject clear.

      Which Full-Time Officer should lead on it?

      VP Welfare & community

      What other student groups should be involved?

      Community wardens. Socialist worker student society. Climate action student team. Faith and reflections team. any other community/minority societies that are interested in protecting the rights of everyone.
    Dina Williamson
    6:04am on 21 Nov 23 Brilliant Dan, thanks for submitting this. There was also a man in a suit with them, who I perceived to be very aggressive. An apology would be nice, and even better changes made to procedure.
    Jacob White
    10:22pm on 21 Nov 23 This is great thank you Dan for proposing, students should be able to peacefully express themselves on campus
    Hariharan Manivannan
    10:30pm on 21 Nov 23 I agree wholeheartedly, university should be a space for peaceful demonstration
    Zach Braid
    11:44am on 22 Nov 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.
    Zach Braid
    9:51am on 1 Feb 24 Good Morning, This policy has been determined by our Officers at the Summit Agenda Setting meeting to go ahead for review at the next SUBU Summit on the 8th of February at 6pm-8:30pm. Please register to attend via the following link as we expect you as the poster to attend and speak on your idea. Please may other students eligible to vote in Summit attend to ensure your voice is heard in deciding whether or not the idea becomes Union Policy.