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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  • 4 score
    8 votes

    Individual Seating Area

    • Facilities
    • Seating
    • Food and Drink
    • Blends
    We are all aware of the difficulty of trying to find a spare table or sofa in the atrium at lunch. One reason for this is for individual students who are taking up an entire table to themselves - our solution... Individual Seating area! Much like in the library where there is the individual study seating for those without a group, we suggest that there should be an area for those without a group to sit at lunch, saving the larger areas for groups - thus saving the tables and sofas for others.
Angeline Mupenda
8:19am on 15 Dec 23 Yess absolutely agree
Tracey Taylor
9:23am on 19 Dec 23 While this is an interesting idea I also have an idea: Me to person sitting alone: "Is anyone sitting here?" Person sitting alone: "No" Me: "Do you mind if I sit here?" Person: "No I don't mind" Me: "Thank you" I hope I don't cause offense with my comments, I think your idea is interesting but it also encourages people to isolate themselves, individual seating is fine for studying but in social spaces people should be encouraged to socialise. The university and the union encourages us to socialise, be kind, be inclusive, and make friends, we should take advantage of the opportunity you never know you might end up sitting next to a person who you become good friends with.