Your Big Ideas

Your Big Ideas

Do you have an Idea about how to make the Students’ Union, University or the wider community better for students?

Your Big Ideas are a great way to make meaningful change on campus. Submit your Idea online and share with your friends and course mates. If your Big Idea achieves 50 or more votes in favour after 28 days, it will be taken forward; either to an appropriate meeting such as Students’ Council or by meeting with the appropriate person(s) to help make your idea a reality. If a Big Idea gets approval at Students’ Council, it will become Students’ Union policy and we will work with you on making it happen!

To submit an Idea or vote on any of the current Big Ideas below, you must be logged in using your UCLan student login. Once logged in, the option to submit will appear and to vote, just click the thumbs up or down button - depending on your opinion! 

Previous Big Ideas-turned reality have included free period provisions on campus, an extension to the academic calendar and free disability screening.

Anyone can submit a Big Idea. It’s an easy way to change the lives of students!

Big Ideas Top Tips

  1. Identify the issue you want to solve.
  2. Do your research and talk to others. Staff and Elected Officers can help you prepare to launch or promote your Big Idea.
  3. Plan what you think should be done to solve the issue and decide how you'll know when it’s fixed.
  4. Submit a Big Idea! Go change Students’ lives.

Got a question? Get in touch at yourunion@uclan.ac.uk.

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  • 31 score
    35 Voters

    Face mask / PPE recycling on campus

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      The coronavirus pandemic has seen a considerable rise in the use of single-use face masks & other PPE items. Globally we are currently using 129 billion face masks every month. Eight million tonnes of plastic waste is already ending up in the world’s oceans every year, and the impact of COVID-19 will only increase these figures.

      This Big Idea is to request the support from the SU by way of a policy to lobby the University on exploring the idea of, and implementing PPE recycling on campus. (Face masks and lateral flow devices specifically)

      Face masks and lateral flow devices can be recycled, and if done so on campus would go some way to reducing the overall impact to the environment and wildlife both locally and worldwide.

      Disposable face masks can be found in plenty on the streets around campus and the University are proactively advertising the ease and availability of these single use masks in student communications. UCLan are keen to promote the sustainability credentials of the new Student Centre however the People & Planet's 2022 University League for Sustainability Universities in the UK places UCLan 53rd nationally, so there is much work to be done and this would be a good opportunity for the University to showcase their environmental commitments. https://peopleandplanet.org/university/129485/ul19

      Obviously understandably there are current rules and university guidelines for the wearing of face masks due to the pandemic, however this  does not mean we cannot still take steps to reduce the impact from them, and where possible divert PPE equipment away from landfill. There are several options and organisations doing things to divert these away from landfill.

      Thank you for your time reading this and please support this Big Idea even if in principle, so it can be discussed and voted on at Student Council??

      (For example - An organisation called ReWorked based in Hull offer a scheme where they fully recycle PPE equipment at a small cost - a good video can be found here  
      on the process https://youtu.be/hE-U7bxUyaA / or their website https://www.reworked.com/2020/12/18/how-to-recycle-ppe-covid-masks-gloves-visors-etc/

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