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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  • 59 score
    61 Voters

    Working towards a Conversion Therapy Ban as a Students' Union and Community


      Conversion therapy comprises practices aimed at changing an individual's sexual orientation (gay conversion therapy) or gender identity (trans conversion therapy) and is widely condemned for its harm, relying on discredited methods that cause emotional trauma and mental health issues. Conversion therapy in the UK is cruel because it inflicts severe emotional and psychological harm on LGBTQ+ individuals by attempting to change their sexual orientation or gender identity through coercion, stigma, and shame, disregarding their autonomy and well-being.

      Supporting student action toward a national conversion therapy ban is crucial for the Students' Union because it extends the union's advocacy beyond campus borders to create a safer and more inclusive environment for all students across the country. By endorsing such a ban on a national level, the Students' Union not only champions the rights and well-being of its own members but also aligns itself with a broader movement for social justice and human rights. It sends a powerful message to lawmakers, policymakers, and society at large that it stands united against harmful and discriminatory practices, fostering an environment where LGBTQ+ students can thrive and feel valued, regardless of where they study within the nation.

      In addition, the UCLan Students’ Union should push for the National Union of Students (NUS) to work towards a ban. Ideally, this may include campaigning for the NUS to condemn conversion practices for LGBTQ+ individuals at NUS annual conference, uniting the national student voice against the practice. University is a place for people to discover themselves and learn about the wider world, this is something we as students should promote and preserve. This sends a clear message to the LGBTQ+ community and the national public that students are ready to represent and work for the progression of human rights in the UK.

      As students, it is vital that we support this cause because conversion therapy damages our community and younger people immensely. It is important not only to support this big idea but to act personally, to email your MP, reach out to charities, or organise through activism as this is an issue that will never be fixed through inaction. You can start today by signing the petition found here:

      Thank you.




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