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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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    Require the University to Issue Exam Supplies Cost-Free

      In some exams at the university, it may be permitted for students to bring some additional items such as stationary, paper for workings-out, and a print-out of important information for use within the exam. These items are extremely useful and we argue that it puts an unfair disadvantage on students who didn't bring them to the exam as opposed to students who did. A few reasons a student might be disadvantaged include: * The items stopped working during the exam by no fault of the student. * The items were damaged in transport to the exam, and the student was unable to source a replacement in time. * The student wasn't adquately informed about the option to bring the items to the exam, or the student forgot to bring the items. * The student made a reasonable attempt to source these supplies but was unable due to a technical failure, such as a printer not working, brightspace not opening correctly, etc. * The student did not have the funds to source the supplies, such as a purchasing a scientific calculator (which at the student shop can cost £14), or use the on-site printers. We argue that requiring students to bring their own supplies increases the risk for academic offense, as not every sheet of paper brought into an exam can be easily checked for information which would give the student an unfair advantage. Furthermore, we argue that the cost of tuition includes the cost for these basic supplies on the basis that the exam is a requirement of the student's success. The university must take responsibility to ensure a fair and controlled testing environment and we argue that it is not just reasonable and practicable, but trivial for the university to source basic stationary supplies, paper, print-outs, and functional calculators for students to use. The university must also ensure that no student may be disadvantaged before, or during an exam for reasons such as lack of neccesary supplies, or technical failure. The officer I believe should lead on this is Chiko Bwalya, VP Education @ SUBU. Loui Eriksson (s5213535)
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