Ideas Forum

Welcome to the Ideas Forum! This is a place where you can submit any idea for change about your university experience or vote and comment on existing ideas.

If you can get at least 25 other students to vote for your idea, the Union officers are then able to consider it. Don't stop at 25 though - the more votes and comments an idea gets, the more power it gives us to try to action it!

Once an Idea has reached at least 25 up-votes, it will be sent to Executive Committee and/or Student Summit which are meetings where Union staff and students discuss, vote on and potentially action your idea. So don't hold back, let us know what you want us to do! (You can even post anonymously if you prefer to)

The Ideas Forum is such a direct and effective way to get your voice heard and you can use it as many times as you like during your studies - we know that your needs and wants change year on year, so use the Ideas Forum to reflect the current issues you are facing and let us know what it is you care about.

Before you post please consider the following

  • Make sure your idea clearly states what you want to change and why – things like how it would be funded, who it would apply to – give as much detail as possible. If you don’t, we may have to delete your idea or it could be rejected by students for being too vague.
  • Check to see if the idea has already been passed under the ‘ view passed ideas’ tab – we might already be working on your idea!
  • Check to see if your idea has already been posted by someone else – if so, don’t post the idea again, but vote and comment on the existing idea
  • Check to see if your idea has been rejected and why under the ‘view rejected ideas’ tab – it might mean slight changes to your post, or it might give you an insight in to how students felt about this topic.

Please Note: You will need to log in to submit a new idea, or comment on an existing idea, below.

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  • 36 score
    36 votes

    The library needs more seating accommodations.

    • Union of Students
    • University of Derby
    The Green Zones of the University library have limited seating and space for students with their own laptops. Once the larger tables are taken there are only a couple of group sofas are left for use. More tables, chairs, and sofas need to be added to be able to fit more students in.
Christine Hall
7:41pm on 16 Oct 17 I agree, we had a similar issue recently that there were no spaces availble for group work.
Joseph Watts
2:09pm on 24 Oct 17 Were all good in Buxton
Nicola Samples
2:54pm on 14 Nov 17 And more power outlets as a lot of students to work on their own computers and the green and orange zones don’t have many outlets
Suzy Stevenson
4:09pm on 7 Feb 20 PASSED - the Union and the University have been working hard to identify and create new social learning, study and seating spaces for students both within the library and outside it. Blends has been extended across the balcony in the Academy with more seating & power points than ever and the library have added more study areas and ad hoc seating, including individual study pods and bean bags. [This idea will now be archived as passed]