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. Have a look at the ideas that are already on here to see the sort of things that students are proposing!

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.

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  • 74 score
    74 votes

    Donate left over food from the SU shops to the homeless or food banks.

    • Local
    • Union of Students
    After discovering that on some days a significant number of sandwiches and wraps were going to waste due to there sell by dates running out, I feel a better option would be to have these donated to a willing food bank or homeless shelter. At the end of the day, many of these food items contain meat products, so have essentially died only to end up being thrown out. Even if a charity doesn't want to accept barely out of date food, it's worth investigating.
Sian Page
7:33pm on 31 Jan 18 Preach! The equivalent to 1.3 Million meals is thrown away per year in the UK, does Derby University really want to be an advocate to that?
Heather Leonard
9:59pm on 23 Oct 18 This! There are numerous charitable organisations within Derby constantly asking for food donations to feed the homeless, they're also seeking volunteers. It would be really beneficial to these charities if Derby university gave what would be ordinarily wasted to food banks and feed the homeless charities.