One of our key goals as a Union is to always be listening and acting on your ideas to improve your University experience. Any student can submit your ideas via our easy-peasy Ideas System, as well as rate and comment on existing ideas from other students.
We want to know:
- Any way we could improve your University or Union experience, no matter how big or small.
- Any events or campaigns you believe the Union should champion (e.g. reducing University costs, Black History Month, Zero Tolerance).
- Policies or stances you believe the Union should take on wider issues (e.g. Higher Education Funding, Prevent)
What happens once I've submitted my idea?
It depends what it is, but it will take one of three routes. Your elected Union President, in conjunction with a Union staff member, will chose which route your idea follows, and will be sure to keep you updated on its progress.
- If the idea is something simple and straight-forward (e.g. providing sanitary products in Union restrooms) we will implement the change as soon as possible, and let you and your peers know that it has been done
For anything else, such as changing a policy or running a campaign, students will be asked to rate the idea and leave comments on the Ideas System webpage. Once 20 people have liked the idea (and assuming this is a majority):
- If it is a non-controversial campaign, event or activity, the idea will go to the relevant network to be implemented. Students who are not part of the network, but want to work on the project, are more than welcome to attend and take part.
- If the idea is resource-intensive or controversial, or requires a change to Union Policy, it will be referred to Student Council, who will democratically discuss and vote on the idea. If the majority of members agree that it is a good idea, it will go to the appropriate network to be implemented. If your idea goes to Council, we will inform you and support you through each step of the process.