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!

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  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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    Student-led, staff supported: Empowering Academic Societies



      Academic societies are unique to other societies in that they work with both the Students’ Union and academics from the University, whilst remaining fully student-led. 


      The aim of this Big Idea is to provide clear guidelines to both academic societies and the schools they originate from. Some groups already benefit from collaboration with lecturers, who provide support, funding and advice to help the society succeed, whilst others operate completely independently and would perhaps benefit from a bit more support.


      We understand that committees are made up of student volunteers, so we want to ensure academic groups have the freedom to decide how they run their society without academic pressure or feeling unsupported. 


      We want academic groups to remain student-led. 


      What are academic societies?

      • A society is a club ran by students, for students

      • They are a good way to meet people with similar interests away from a strict educational atmosphere

      • They can run things like study groups, field trips, conferences and social events to amplify learning 

      • They also teach students how to lead a group by themselves and strengthen their CV


      Why do we need this Big Idea?

      • Some academic committee members have reported feeling pressured by academics to run events in a certain way 

      • Academics may prevent students from being their authentic selves in a social environment

      • Others feel that their school doesn’t see the impact their societies have on student experience and wish for more input


      What schools could do to support academic societies

      • Provide funding and resources

      • Signposting for events (e.g. who to talk to, etc)

      • Promote events held by academic societies, and 

      • Advertise membership 

      • Invite them to collaborate


      How will we achieve this?

      • Additional training for academic society committees 

      • Outlining best practices for both the society and academics

      • Optional training for academics on how to support academic groups 

      • Encouraging students to ask for help when needed, but to also be autonomous in their decision-making

    Adriana Monteiro
    5:22pm on 12 Feb 24 It's a great idea to involve academics in our society's events, such as talks or study skills sessions. It's challenging to schedule events that work for everyone's availability. With the help of academics, we could find interesting topics and speakers to provide these talks. Their support in organising these events would be greatly appreciated.

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