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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  • 166 score
    176 votes

    Community Pantry (Food bank)

    • Wellbeing
    • Facilities
    • Money
    • Opportunities
    • Resources
    • Food and Drink
    • Environment and Sustainability
    • Equality
    • University Sites and Campuses
    With the cost of living crisis people, especially students, are struggling to buy simple necessities such as food and drinks. We would like to introduce a food bank to the university called The Community Pantry, utilising the space inside Heat and Eat. It will provide food items donated by students and local businesses. Students will have the opportunity to take what they need free of charge or leave a small donation to help keep it running.
Tracey Taylor
4:10pm on 15 Sep 23 I have had some discussions with the lovely incoming first years at the Chesterfield Campus today who would love to see this introduced at Chesterfield as well. I am completely on-board with that and will work hard to make that happen.
James Eames
4:52pm on 20 Sep 23 We've now identified a few areas at the St Helena campus that would work for this (the main one currently being to utilise the cupboards around the microwave in the Refectory) - once we have enough support, we can bring this to Space Management and confirm it!
Lisa Tuft
10:11am on 29 Sep 23 I think it would be a good idea to implement this in Kedleston Road too. A lot of students I know are really struggling and the Student Finance payments haven't risen in line with the cost of living at present.
Jack McGuinness
9:42am on 9 Oct 23 Hi Tracy, thank you for putting forward the idea. I will be taking this forward with the rest of the executive committee to discuss how and if this can be implemented. Once I have an update, I'll put up another comment.
Kaeda Hipkiss
12:05pm on 19 Oct 23 This is an awesome idea and after speaking to you at Kedleston Road today it is awesome to hear you will be running it in the summer to, as at the moment due to bursary issues, I am not sure what I will be doing about money in the summer, so the idea of being able to head to a campus and get some food is amazing.
Satinder Mann
3:35pm on 19 Oct 23 Brilliant idea !
Cecilia Moalafi
5:04pm on 19 Oct 23 Lovely idea. There are also kitchen utensils and dishes that are collecting dust in student accommodation which could be of use to other students. Maybe look into that too. ??
Ari Sterland
12:03pm on 6 Nov 23 Fabulous idea!