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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  • 77 score
    81 Voters

    A Progressive UCLan Preferred Name Policy


      There are many reasons why a person may want to go by a name other than the one legally assigned to them.


      It is possible to change your name on UCLan’s systems without a legal change of name but this doesn't change enough. Communications, diplomas, and the online student directory will all show the legal name of the student, and this can be problematic due to reasons such as but not limited to the sensation of dysphoria that comes from being dead-named as a trans student, or being reminded of negative past experiences that may be associated with a legal name.


      The ideal outcome of this big idea is for the Students’ Union to support efforts to push UCLan for a clear and progressive preferred name policy that includes a clear framework on how to change a preferred name and what will be changed. An example framework to follow would be Manchester University’s Preferred Name Policy which includes preferred names on communications, diplomas, and the online student directory.   

    Su Education
    7:47pm on 29 Sep 23 Fully in support of this big idea!
    Rachel Starrs
    1:30pm on 4 Oct 23 fantastic policy- best of luck with getting it through !

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