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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    Night Owls Lose Their Nest


      As summer envelopes our medical school, a challenge persists that casts a shadow over our exam preparation – the premature closure of the Preston library. This predicament hits hard, especially for those returning late from placements and students facing summer resit exams, compromising their essential study routines.

      Placements usually end at 4pm, integral to our medical education, sometimes extend into the evening hours. However, our access to quiet study spaces diminishes with the early closure of the library, hindering our ability to review and consolidate vital information acquired during these experiences. For those preparing for summer resit exams, the library's early closure poses a significant challenge. Extended study hours are not a luxury but a necessity for comprehensive revision and academic success.

      In response to this challenge, we propose two solutions:

      Extended Library Hours:

      Extend the operating hours of the Preston library during the summer months. This adjustment will provide a conducive environment for focused study, fostering academic excellence among the medical student community.

      Alternate Study Spaces:

      If extending library hours proves challenging, consider providing alternate dedicated study spaces with extended hours. These spaces should ideally have access to strong and stable Wi-Fi ensuring accessibility to online resources.

      By addressing this concern, the administration not only supports the academic success of medical students but also fosters a culture of understanding and collaboration. We extend our gratitude for ongoing efforts to enhance student experiences and hope for a positive resolution that bridges the study gap for medical students during the crucial summer months. The future of healthcare depends on well-prepared, resilient medical professionals, and by addressing this concern, we collectively contribute to that brighter future.

    Michaela Powell
    1:18pm on 29 Jan 24 I absolutely agree with extending library hours in the summer! Many students need to work through the summer and can only access the library during unsociable hours.
    Katy Jane Deakin
    8:21pm on 30 Jan 24 Yes! I would love this, I am doing Neuropsych! The summer months are when we can really apply ourselves in digesting new information. Not everyone is a young student going out socialising all the time- some of us are mature students who wish to dedicate more time to our courses by using these resources without having a good study session then interrupted. I’m all for this!

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