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.


Need some help submitting Your Big Idea? Follow the steps on our how-to video here

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  • 52 score
    54 Voters

    A new representative for care experienced students


      In my experience as men's representative on student council, i have become aware of the overlooked and extremely complex issues that students who grew up in care can face at university. I firmly believe that those students deserve an experienced voice to represent them on Student Council to bring those issues to light in a forum that can effect university policy and make real change.

      Care experienced students are much more likely to have serious mental health issues, including childhood trauma and PTSD, depression, anxiety and self esteem issues.

      Many care leavers are unable to return home and recieved little or no support in getting to university. To many, success in university is the ticket out of a traumatic past, an opportunity to make their own way. This adds to the already monumental pressure of uni life.

      Care experienced students and care leavers are also often at a significant educational deficit compared to other students, having had much less opportunity to study and achieve their potential due to moving to different houses, different families and different schools.

      The challanges that care leavers and care experienced students face are colossal. I believe we should do everything in our power to support those who are struggling with complex needs and mental issues. A care experienced representative on student council is the first step to giving a suffering community the representation it needs to achieve real change.

    Michael Hamilton
    3:15pm on 16 Oct 22 I support this idea
    Aleesha Lad
    3:24pm on 16 Oct 22 I support this idea too
    Bethany Sheppard
    5:20pm on 16 Oct 22 100% agree as someone who has seen and is well aware of the challenges of being a care leaver and care experienced student. Brilliant big idea
    Josee Bekker
    6:32pm on 18 Oct 22 Support 100%
    Courtney-Paige Walker
    1:12pm on 21 Oct 22 Can I just add that it’s not just care leavers. As this is classed as someone who has been in care around their 16th birthday. I was in care for the first two years of my life, and was finally adopted but have had detrimental involvement with my birth parents since I was 14. I have been in counselling for this since I was 17. I am now 22, and am not entitled to anything that a care leaver is, even though I have been in care, and still suffer the traumatic effects of it to this day, with anxiety, depression and PTSD.

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