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
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  • Passed 12
  • Rejected 4
  • Expired 25

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    Better study spots and more single seating at Weston Library Lansdowne

      Weston Library in Lansdowne Campus is a large, modern library. Yet, there are very few places to sit and study. Whenever I go there to study, I have to wander around for 10-15 minutes to find a quiet place to sit. I normally sit upstairs at one of the many large round tables scattered around, even though I am by myself, for a lack of a better place to sit, as do many students. I often just end up going home to study instead, as those tables are usually fully occupied. These round group tables take up a large amount of space unnecessarily. Each large table has 4 seats but can probably accommodate up to 5-6 people, yet they are more often used by a single person. This makes the use of space very inefficient considering the open balcony-like structure of the upper floors. Additionally, to me this is a clear indication that there is a lack of suitable single seating study areas. Yes, in reality there are many single seating desks, however the open concept of the library and the high amount of group seating invite many students to use the library as a hangout spot. This is very disruptive to those who are trying to study quietly, often driving them upstairs where only the few large tables are available. While the actual seating capacity of each of the upper floors is probably around 40 considering the number of chairs, the functional seating capacity - how many people actually use the space - is likely closer to 10, as each table is often occupied by a single person trying to study quietly. This means that over the 5 or so upper floors of Weston Library, there is adequate seating for maybe no more than 50 individual students. Obviously this is only an educated guess, so in reality the numbers are probably slightly different, but the implications still aren't very good, considering Weston Library is the closest and most accessible library for most students at L5, L6, as well as postgraduates, as majority live off-campus. I appreciate there are designated quiet study spaces available, but they are computer rooms. There are no quiet study spaces with plain desks, most students prefer to use their own computers or may not need to use a computer to study at all. And honestly? They're usually not that quiet, as they are very close to the "social areas" of the library. You also can't blame the students who are using the library as a social spot when it is so inviting to that kind of activity. It is an issue of the design and layout of the library, as it is more similar to the SUBU centre in Talbot Campus than the Sir Michael Cobham Library. At the end of the day, Weston Library is a library. It is supposed to be a comfortable and convenient spot to study and research. Currently, it is not a comfortable or accommodating place for many students to do this, leading them to travel farther to Talbot campus to use the Sir Michael Cobham Library or any other library (though many close by 5-6pm) or just staying home to study.

      How do you see this being achieved?

      The solution is straightforward: remove some of the group tables from the upper floors and from towards the entrance (under the bridges), and replace them with single seating booths with desks, or any equivalent single-seating solution. For example, some of the cushioned booth chairs in the SUBU centre would make for very comfortable and cosy study spots. This way, the space on the upper floors can be maximised, as booths can be packed closely together, yet it would still be inviting. An example of a library with this style of layout would be the UoN (University of Northampton) Learning Hub. I really think it would be a good investment and would hugely increase the use of Weston Library for studying and research purposes.

      Which Full-Time Officer should lead on it?

      VP Welfare & Community, and possibly VP Education.

      What other student groups should be involved?

      Whoever else would like to get involved.
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