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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  • 35 score
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    Need for Permanent Prayer Space in Markeaton & Kedleston road campuses for Muslims Students and Staff

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    There is a need to provide a permanent prayer space for Muslim students and staff of the university at the Markeaton and Kedleston Road campuses. The permanent prayer space will enable students to practice their faith timely and inclusively. Finally, the permanent prayer space will provide a platform for congregational prayers that plays a vital role in fostering a sense of social connections that contribute to overall well-being and mental health and provide emotional support.
Awwal Mangga
4:20pm on 2 Nov 23 Especially at Markeaton campus. Not only is it inconvenient to have to walk to Britannia Mill to pray it is also time consuming considering the tight schedule of lectures and lab sessions.
Ridwan Mustapha
5:50pm on 2 Nov 23 Excellent idea especially for some of us in the hostels close to Markeaton (e.g. St. Christophers) it'll give us a place to pray in congregation as Keddleston is quite a walk.
Yasir Abdulkareem
7:26pm on 2 Nov 23 Yes, I'm also happy with this development, most especially the Markeaton campus. Students have to go all the way to Britannia Mill to pray. We will be happy if the request Is duly considered.
Tasneem Islam
12:43pm on 5 Nov 23 A prayer space would be good, it would help with students attendance too, not having to go home or go to another campus to pray and come back. Being inclusive, aware and considerate of everyone's beliefs and religion by considering a prayer space would be very helpful. We have an entire society, so you have a large Muslim community, so it is only right to follow through and add a prayer space. Thank you.
Ayah Ahmed
8:34pm on 5 Nov 23 Permanent Muslim prayer spaces are a basic fundamental to a smooth running workplace/place of study since there are set times for each obligatory prayer. Derby uni hosts a large Muslim community and faiths and beliefs should always be catered for. We hope that there can be permanent prayer spaces that are accessible at all times. Multiple permanent prayer spaces would minimise likelihood of being late to lectures because less time is spent going to and from the very few available spaces.
Talha Bangash
3:49pm on 10 Nov 23 Religion and Study are two very critical aspects for students to really enjoy the fruits of early adulthood, therefore it is necessary for students to have a personal space or spaces where they can better support themselves and others around them. Catering for these needs allows for a better understanding between all students and further diversify the union. A prayer room for Muslims further cements this unity.
Hassan Abdi
4:08pm on 21 Nov 23 We as a muslim university of derby students we need permanent prayer room in Kedleston and Markeaton Campus.
Waliu Oladimeji Jimoh
2:46pm on 24 Nov 23 There is need for permanent Muslims prayer room at Markeaton Campus, and possibly at Britannia Mill Campus too. I believe the University Authority will make provisions for all Muslims so that we do our studies without neglecting our obligatory duties as Muslims