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Welcome to the ideas platform. This is a place where you can submit an idea 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 Member’ meeting where students will vote whether to adopt the idea as Union Policy. 



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 Student Members' meeting the SUBU Summit Chair goes through all your ideas and decides which ones should be developed into motions and taken to the meetings. Motions are discussed and debated and a final vote is then taken. If approved these motions then become Union Policy. You can find out more about Union Policy, as well as viewing the current list of live policies here.


When submitting your idea be sure to include the following information in the description:

1. What you think the problem is- this should include background information including facts, figures and research

2. What you think the solution is- this is the large scale changes that need to happen and the specific steps that you think need to be taken 

3. Which Full-Time Officer you think should lead on it

4. What other student groups you think should be involved in this work



Once you have submitted your idea one of the team will be in touch to invite you in to discuss your ideas!

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  • Last submission 02:31 on 06 May 2022
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    Amend the 6C policy to allow unit leaders more control over their units assessments

      Under the current 6C policy every single unit across BU, regardless of which degree course, must adhere to the 6C policy, one aspect of which is that no one unit can exceed 3000 words of assessed work. In the case where a unit has an exam and coursework, the wordcount must be split between the 2. Whilst this wordcount is sufficient in some cases, for many it means that for some course units assignments are now forced to be so short students are completely unable to demonstrate additional knowledge and reading in so few words. This curtails a students ability to show their interest in a topic and results in students feeling unmotivated to research above and beyond a topic they find interesting, as there is no opportunity to use this knowledge in assessed work. In addition, this policy prevents unit leaders from being able to conduct regular small pieces of assessed work, something which would be really valuable for many units, such as programming units for those studying computing. A final point to raise regarding the policy is that it requires a lengthy approval process to make amendments to an assessment for a unit. This means that implementing positive changes to units based on student feedback takes longer than it needs to, with an obvious negative impact on students. In summary, I believe that the 6C policy should be amended to allow a unit leader more freedom and flexibility in how to assess their own unit. They are, after all, the expert in that unit and should not have their hands tied by this policy which has a direct negative impact on student learning. Joshua Whiteman s5224113
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