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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  • 58 score
    70 Voters

    Gender Neutral Facilities

    Expired

      Facilities on campus should be accessible for all students. Currently only a small number of university buildings have gender neutral toilets and gender-neutral changing facilities at our sports centre.

       By liking this idea, you would mandate the student union to lobby the university to conduct a review of all current university buildings to ensure gender neutral facilities across campus are put in place where possible and that all future building plans include at least one gender neutral toilet.

      We are all aware of the impact sport can have on student mental health and retention levels (student minds http://www.studentminds.org.uk/uploads/3/7/8/4/3784584/university_sport___mental_health_resource.pdf). Research conducted by the National LGBT Partnership in 2016 found that 64% of LGBT people who identified as something other than male or female (e.g., genderfluid or genderqueer) were not active enough to maintain good health. The Scottish Trans survey ‘Non[1]binary people’s experiences in the UK’ found that 42.2%  have avoided the gym because of the fear of being harassed with 8% leaving additional comments about changing facilities and expressed concerns around safety- (Non-binary.pdf (pridesports.org.uk)  . Any UCLan sporting facilities should have gender neutral changing facilities and It is imperative that trans, non-binary and gender-fluid students have the same access to sport anything less would be discrimination! As a university we should strive to ensure all our sports facilities and buildings are fully accessible to ALL students!

      This policy calls for the university to place accessibility at the heart of all future development of any sporting facilities to ensure that those facilities are accessible to all regardless of protective characteristics.

      Places on campus where this has worked really well are the facilities in the new student centre as these are accessible for all students and staff. 

       

    Shelley Tyson
    3:11pm on 21 Jan 22 Are you asking for all changing facilities to be gender neutral or are you requesting that gender neutral facilities be provided in addition to male and female changing spaces?
    Elijah Jasse
    5:06pm on 21 Jan 22 I would love to see more gender neutral toilets. Most of my classes are in Brook building, and I feel weird having to choose a gendered bathroom, and I feel guilty using accessible toilets as there are people who need them more than me. Gender neutral bathrooms would make the buildings a lot more accessible for a lot of people! Thank you for suggesting this ??

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