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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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    4 voters

    Considering Brexit is an issue which will have implications for home, international and EU students, the University needs to provide support for the coming years as best they can.

      Background info: It is likely that in the coming years EU students will have to pay the higher fees that currently apply to those outside of the EU. If the UK withdraws from existing agreements on freedom of movement, future EU students may need to apply for a Tier 4 student visa or a short term study-visa in order to study in the UK. It is likely that in the future, UK students will face higher fees in many European countries, as they will no longer be eligible for domestic rates. UK students may also need to apply for student visas, and in some cases may have reduced rights to work during and after their studies. British students will also presumably no longer be eligible for funding via the Erasmus exchange program - or not to the current extent; this calls for the university to strive for maintaining strong partnerships with other universities within and beyond Europe. Important information to be considered: If you arrive in the UK before 1 January 2021, you will not need a visa. If you plan to stay in the UK longer than 1 January 2021 (for example, to complete your full course), you’ll need to apply online for the EU Settlement Scheme. The scheme is free of charge. You should apply as soon as possible after you’ve arrived in the UK, and by 30 June 2021. If you plan to arrive in the UK from 1 January 2021 onwards, you will need to apply for a student visa if you are studying a course which is longer than six months in length. You will need to complete an application and have it accepted before you arrive in the UK. Solution: Offer extensive support with visa applications as well as any other advice which may be needed to help student’s applications. Actively reach out to other Universities across Europe to discuss the partnership our University has with them and how we can support each other. Implement any financial support which can apply to EU students (perhaps based on merit) and even home students which may be looking to study abroad. Approach Erasmus to understand how Brexit will affect the program and to what extent we can make use of the program. SUBU to offer extensive information on how Brexit will affect our students (both EU and home) once the country has officially left in December 2020. Ideas for implementation: VP Opportunities to take ownership and update students at the next Summit post-Brexit. SUBU to provide adequate information on the website. VP Education to meet with the respective representatives from Erasmus to discuss further steps.
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