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.

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  • 46 score
    50 votes

    Pavement between Markeaton and Britannia Mill

    • Wellbeing
    • Facilities
    • Buses
    • Travel and Parking
    • University Sites
    • Accessibility
    The walk way is shared with cars and the uni bus and when they are passing through there is nowhere to move out of the way but a bit of muddy ground. This is a massive issue for everyone especially anyone with mobility issues. It's very unsafe and leaves a bad impression on potential students on Open days. If you have an anecdote about this or want to share your opinion, please email me at
Angharad Evans
11:28am on 16 Oct 19 I remember walking on the path for the first time. I turned around and there was a bus mere feet from me. I laugh about it now but at the time I thought I was going to be run over!
Nina Cupric
11:32am on 16 Oct 19 It was absolutely terrifying when I was on crutches.
Andreea Ionita
12:23pm on 16 Oct 19 Grate idea !!
Faye Meadows
12:57pm on 16 Oct 19 Walking this route, especially with headphones can definitely be a risk when cars are around, so it would be great to have some sort of safe pathway for pedestrians.
Martin Beaumont
11:42am on 25 Oct 19 This is something the University is looking to try and resolve, however the road is council owned which limits what they can do to resolve it. I am aware that they are trying to arrange a meeting with the highways department to see if there is anything that they can do in partnership to rectify the issues at hand. A further update will be provided when there is more information.