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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  • 16 score
    20 voters

    Gender Neutral Bathrooms

      Some bathrooms on campus are gendered uneccesarily and could be changed to be gender neutral to be more accessible to trans students, such as those in Christchurch house. In addition to this, there should be more mapping on where trans students can find gender neutral toilets on campus as it is not very clear. There is also a need for more gender neutral toilets in general.

      How do you see this being achieved?

      SUBU could lobby BU to change the bathrooms which don't need gendering to be unisex and to add a directory on where to find gender neutral bathrooms. Also lobby BU to implement at least one gender neutral toilet on every floor of SUBU buildings.

      Which Full-Time Officer should lead on it?

      VP Welfare

      What other student groups should be involved?

      TNBIGI+ Liberation Group
    Zainab Abdul-Obitayo
    4:55pm on 27 Nov 23 I also think it would be great if locations of gender-neutral toilets is widely published.
    Alexis Kidby
    9:06am on 1 Dec 23 Although I agree, I would not want to go into a toilet that had open urinals and would rather they be in a cubical - can this be clarified please ?
    Zach Braid
    9:48am on 1 Feb 24 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.
    Dylan Hayden
    11:43am on 8 Feb 24 Additional gender neutral toilets - sure. But gendered/sexed toilets should remain as not everyone wants to use open unisex toilets (as noted by someone above). Removing sexed toilets in favour of neutral ones doesn't achieve equality, it simply changes the balance of options in favour of trans+ people rather than cis people.