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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    I really appreciate what is already being done to make the university inclusive and accomodating, for one I want that we talk more about it. Secondly, I would like to see a separate tile for students with special needs( physical and intellectual both) 3.A small facilitation for babies, as earlier today I saw student with a new born in the cafeteria, and it clicked to me how she must be managing her studies ,can we at least discuss this.I am many need such help but can't ask for it.
Jack McGuinness
2:11pm on 27 Oct 23 Hi Amnah, thank you for posting. It's great to hear you want us to be more vocal about inclusivity here. We have a variety of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officers who represent individual demographics of students here at Derby, and if you are interested to know more about them, you can find out via this url All of these EDI Officers then feed into my remit, whereby I take that information into higher level meetings and planning committees. Some of these planning committees are around the liberation months, the first, which we're just about to finish, being Black History Month, which runs throughout October. We're currently in the process of planning for Disability History Month, 16th November - 16th December, where we are trying to showcase and expand parasports, which our Vice President (Activities), Gabriela Gretkowska, and President, Dom White, are working on. And also raise awareness of both visible and non-visible disabilities, which is part of my manifesto. In relation to the childcare idea, the library currently has facilities on the bottom floor for parents to use that the Student Parent and Carers Officer has some more plans to assist those with additional caring needs. If you have any questions about the Officers plans for the year, feel free to reach out to anyone via their email, which can be found on this page: