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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  • 26 score
    26 voters

    More Social Areas - Lansdowne Campus / BGB

      People do not stay at BGB campus because it is not a social environment like Talbot. We don't have many social areas other than a tiny room on the 3rd floor. Limited sofas / breakout areas where people can socialise - stuck in corridors on chairs with small tables. Other areas are in open environments which doesn't lend well to private discussions etc. We need more social areas and something like dylans would make the world of difference. We pay the same price as students on Talbot campus but get hardly any of the same facilities! I run a society and now have to run my group in a more conducive environment - Faith & Reflection centre because we don't have the same offering at Lansdowne campus. This is going to effect BU in the long run as people will not want to come to study if they know they aren't getting the same facilities as else where in the country let alone up the road!

      How do you see this being achieved?

      By the uni treating health and social care students equally and prioritising the development of the Lansdowne campus. At the moment we are being marginalised ... out of sight out of mind.

      Which Full-Time Officer should lead on it?

      VP welfare & Community

      What other student groups should be involved?

      This is an issue for the uni at large not student communities.
    Zach Braid
    9:13am on 12 Dec 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.
    Alexis Kidby
    7:24am on 14 Dec 23 - Community Kitchen - another example of something Talbot has on campus that Lansdown campus does not. Along with facilities such as : - Dylan's Bar - Union Shop - ironic as there is a distinct lack of a union between the two campuses. - Bus depot for students at lansdowne - The retreat centre - Faith and Reflection centre that is not the size of a postage stamp and can only accommodate a couple of people. Know private areas for individual practice. - Comfortable seating / Pods for collaborative working - More access to kitchens like at the Executive Business Centre
    Emma Young
    8:47am on 14 Dec 23 The student retreat is also really important new facility to BU. The statistics speak for themselves in terms of its use. However, the healthcare students over at Lansdowne campus do not have easy access to this facility. Especially when in crisis. as it’s coming from a collaboration with NHS funding, I’m sure it’s really important to the funders that the healthcare students have access to the facility too. We need to think with future development about making sure the healthcare students have more easy access the retreat support in the Lansdowne area
    Ahmed Ola
    11:42am on 20 Jan 24 We need a bus depot, a union shop, and Lansdowne's Dylan's Bar. Thanks
    Oliver Wildey
    6:39pm on 20 Jan 24 Instead of Dylans why not open TOFS during the day?