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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  • 13 score
    13 votes

    option to pay by debit card at parking machines at Kedleston Road Campus

    • Money
    • Transport and Parking
    • University SitesCampuses
    Surely I am not the only one going to a cashpoint, drawing £10.00 out, going to a shop to buy a freddo just to get change for the parking machines at Kedleston Road? Please provide students with the option of paying by debit card. Mornings are stressful enough especially for students with children who have to do the school run before trying to get a parking space at 9am before they all run out? Please vote!!!!
Judith Oguguo
11:18am on 28 Feb 20 I would support this idea, as it is really stressful for me to get change every morning and would not want to buy a 50p chocolate just to get change. While I can pay by bank card.
Katherine Haggan
7pm on 10 Mar 20 I second this, it’s a nightmare. We car share to try and help with spaces/cost/environment etc, but when we live in a society that is becoming “cashless” this is such a pain! Not to mention I buy things in the shop I don’t need just to get change. Changing the machines to accept cards could be costly, lots of places have added online/app options for payment which may be more cost effective?!
Rachel Booth
8:39pm on 10 Mar 20 Thankyou! Have you tapped the arrow up? This will add your vote. I realise this will cost uni. Any other suggestions are welcome. Thankyou for your comment!