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.


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  • 113 score
    113 Voters

    Bring back the minibusses


      I believe we should bring back the minibusses. The proposed solution of using an external company is not adequate and prohibitive to societies, especially smaller societies.

      The external solution has shown to be an unacceptable to this situation. A clear example is whilst dealing with them with the SU-organised MiDAS training. I know three people who have gone down to PCT to hand their details for training due to take place on the 23rd of February. They turned all but one away to the SU, who sent them directly back to PCT. As of writing this letter, only one has still been able to hand their details in. This training is very late into the academic year; we’re five weeks into semester 2. We’re lucky enough that we have a MiDAS-trained driver in our society from last year and can run events, but I know other societies who are not as fortunate.

      Their rates of minibus hire are prohibitively expensive for trips. 20% of our Ben Nevis residential tickets were bus hire alone, not including fuel. The buses are inefficient; we have had an average of sub 25mpg over all our uses of the minibuses recently. This increased cost amounts to a substantial hike in ticket prices for events we run. The lack of fuel card use requires a committee member to fund the significant amounts themselves for later reimbursement. These costs directly impact the number of trips we can organise for our students in the society.

      The abovementioned issues drive us to consider using society members’ personal transport. Operating multiple vehicles for the same event unnecessarily increases the likelihood of an incident occurring whilst travelling. Using our cars increases the environmental impact as we would have to run three vehicles to have the same carrying capacity as one single minibus.




    Sophie Minchin
    11:32am on 23 Feb 23 Renting the PCT minibuses is a PAIN, having SU minibuses back would be incredible
    Jozef Greatorex
    12:23pm on 23 Feb 23 This would be a great investment into societies, allowing much more ambitious opportunities for students.
    Richard Moore
    5:44pm on 23 Feb 23 We have struggled this year as a society without the use of the Union’s minibuses. Our members of Snowsports rely on minibuses to travel to and from the Chill Factore in Manchester. We have incurred high travel costs relying on using a taxi service charged at extortionate rates, which has impacted the society and it’s members greatly. I fully support the prospect of having minibuses again available from the Union.
    Declan Hartley
    7:22pm on 23 Feb 23 I endorse this idea

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