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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Hannah Stafford
2:51pm on 27 Jul 20 Completely agree with this! Finishing a degree is a massive achievement and we should be able to celebrate in person even if it means having the ceremony next year or the following year when it’s safe to do so. I would not be happy having a virtual graduation.
Julie Clive
3:13pm on 27 Jul 20 I agree. Four years I've been at Uni. A virtual graduation just isn't the same. It's a right of passage to graduate. Also when do we get our actual certificates. Nit just the e cert. J.C BA Fine art
Rudi Lowe
3:23pm on 27 Jul 20 We have all put a lot of time and effort in to reaching the end of degree, not to mention the amount we have to pay for the degree. I think it is only right that all students get to spend their graduation in a cap and gown with the family members they love. If that means postponing it until further notice when it is safe I believe that is what we should do.
Ella Dean
3:27pm on 27 Jul 20 Good point to be raised; with me being in first year after the year we have had I believe that this should be a huge celebration at the end of everyone's degrees whether it is when it "should be" or in the future! :) Hope this works out for you all x
Libby Elson
11:44pm on 27 Jul 20 Completely agree. We’ve all worked so hard especially more so in these difficult times to reach the end of our degrees to merely have a virtual graduation would be devastating. Even if it’s in 1 years time when it’s safe to do so would be better than virtual. It would be unfair for us to be the only year to miss out on wearing our caps and gowns and having memories and photographs that last a lifetime.
Corey Beck
11:35am on 28 Jul 20 Hi, thank you for raising this; however, there seems to be a misunderstanding. The virtual graduation is not instead of the standard graduation. An in person graduation will take place as soon as it is safe to bring large numbers of individuals together, as lockdown continuously eases, please keep checking your animal as they will confirm the date as soon as they are able, with safety being the main priority. The University thought it was important to still recognise student achievements and therefore the virtual celebration event is there as an interim recognition and celebration of all students graduating. We will be posting some material which explains the 2 different events, so please follow us on our socials to stay up to date with this, but there will definitely come a time when you will be invited to a physical graduation. Hope this helps. Corey, Union President
Corey Beck
11:59am on 28 Jul 20 Here's some more information on the virtual celebration event https://www.derby.ac.uk/events/graduation/summer-celebration/faqs/?dm_i=JHY,6YK16,QL3MV7,S0A3E,1
Elizabeth Ward
12:28pm on 28 Jul 20 Completely agree. But hopefully once things are safe we will have that chance to walk across the stage ??
Sarah Cooke
10:37am on 4 Aug 20 Thanks Corey, we are due to have our graduation in November and not summer, unsure if that makes any difference
Oviya Thirumalai
midnight I agree. Everyone deserves that special moment, and the current final year students should get it.