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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  • 28 score
    34 votes

    A new vending machine in the library

    • Wellbeing
    • Facilities
    • Money
    • Resources
    • Food and Drink
    • Accessibility
    • Union Shops
    As the library is open past every other food area, I feel like it would be useful to have some kind of food vending machine with cold food such as sandwiches or fruit pots. Especially when the library is open till midnight, It would be nice to have some better alternatives than a chocolate bar.
Megan Dobbing
10:46am on 5 Mar 24 I think this is a great idea, especially when people are studying at the uni past 5pm and it also helps people with dietary requirements, as a lot of the stuff in the vending machines now cannot be eaten by them.
Gosia Wosik
10:56am on 5 Mar 24 I love the idea! It would be very useful during assessment periods when people stay in the library past 5 pm and all other uni food stores are closed. Also, providing healthier alternatives to current vending machine snacks (like chocolate bars and crisps) would promote better student eating habits. Fresh fruit and sandwiches offer essential nutrients and energy, helping students stay focused during their study sessions so it is needed!