SU Change Week

Together we achieved so much in just 7 days. But that was just the beginning...

Posted by University of Essex Students' Union - Colchester on Friday, 27 October 2017

7 Days

1,311 Ideas

31,415 Votes

 143 ideas BEING acted on so far

What is SU Change Week?

SU Change Week is a weeklong project to make great stuff happen at Essex. For two days students submitted ideas to the Change Wall, then all of the ideas were opened to online voting for all students to decide which ideas are the most important to them. A selection of ideas from the most voted for section went through to an SU Hackathon - a 24 hour session where groups of students find solutions to problems. Once they'd created their presentations they showed them to a group of University big-wigs.


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Change Week


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Change Week Idea Updates

stop everything closing at the weekend

This idea was taken forward in the SU Hackathon by the group Totally Spies.

Find better ways to shape things

This idea was taken forward in the SU Hackathon by the group JASONS.

make lectures better

This idea was taken forward in the SU Hackathon by the group Seven is Heaven.

improve the su safety bus service

This idea was taken forward in the SU Hackathon by the group ACCA.

run the safety bus for longer

This idea is now in place.

hold more coko events

More Coko night events are now scheduled. See here for details. 

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cheaper doubles drinks

Double up from £1.50 has now been launched in Sub Zero on Fridays and Saturdays. 

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sell phone chargers and electronic items

Everything Essex and the Extra Store now stock these items. 

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introduce large drinks in the kitchen

16oz hot drinks are now available in The Kitchen.

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increase the range of african food

There is a wider range of African Food on offer in The Store. 

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more support to societies to help run events

Any society member can contact the societies department, for help with running an event. To email and book a meeting, click here. 

offer meditation and inner peace classes

The SU are looking into offering this as a Just Play class.

provide basketball courts on campus

The new Sports Centre will have 3 full size basketball courts.

create a nap room

This will be in place in Term 3 for the exam campaign.

improve access to online journals for postgraduates

This idea is being worked on through the course learning materials project. 

give students a say at which books are in the short term loan section

This idea is being worked on through the course learning materials project.

more biological experience. Internships and volunteering at career fairs include field work.

The Employability Development Director in Biological Sciences is discussing this as part of the schools strategic review.

More fresh fruit and vegetables in the Store

The store now sells more fruit and vegetables.

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There is now an international food range in store.

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All events now have early bird reduced price tickets.

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Introduce desserts in the SU Bar

The menu has been designed for the desserts in SU Bar. Currently, the implementation is on hold while a new menu for main courses is developed.

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There is at least one shop open 24 hours of the day (except Sunday).

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Advertise if a society is at risk of being disbanded

This idea is now is place.

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Run more fundraisers for charities

After feedback from Change Week, the SU have fundraised for local charities.

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Have more reggaeton music

More reggaeton events will be held.

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Create a common room for international students

There is already one! The international common room is at 4.116A.

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Improve seasoning on burger meat in SU Bar

This is now in place.

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Bring back night food

Night food is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights from 11:30pm.

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Hold cooking classes for students

We will have cooking classes next academic year.

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Update societies' website page with events

Students asked to have the societies' website page constantly updated with the different events societies are holding. This is an ongoing process and one which will be constantly updated.

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More halal food options including hot food

We now have more halal food options in the Extra Store.

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Bouncers to address sexual assault allegations more seriously

The door staff will guide you on what to do if you tell them that a sexual assault incident has happened.

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Empower students to learn more about elections

We doubled the number of registered students in local constituencies and we increased the support we are giving to students around SU elections.

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More encouragement for young women in STEM

We renewed the Wise memebrships for second year students and we advertised events that support women in STEM subjects.

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Increase meal deals in the SU Store

We included chocolate, sushi and salads in the meal deals and made  them bigger.

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Healthier food options supplied by the University

Essex Food is working on this.

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Increase the amount of on-campus accommodation

The University is currelty building a new accomodation facility on-campus.

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Make the gym 24 hours

Essex Sport are looking into possible solutions for this idea.

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Open Asian Food restaurant

Both the University and SU offer different hot and fresh Asian food.

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Provide toasters in accommodation

We contacted the University to find out if this is possible.

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Reduce the price of accommodation

We have asked the University if they could provide us with a breakdown that shows what rents contribute to.

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Make Listen Again compulsory for lectures and improve the quality

Students can now tag listen again lectures with notes, as well as initiate a process to deal with low quality sound

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Have more beer variety in the SU bar

We now have 27 different types of beer.

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Put more vegan food in restaurants

We are looking into adding more vegan options in our venues.

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Free sports memberships for students

Students can join sports clubs with a Basic sports membership FREE of charge.

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Make common rooms more accessible and available

You can find the common rooms loocations here.

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Offer more free first aid courses

We have organised six sessions this year and we are planning to run more once we find a contractor.

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Healthier food options in SU shops

We have increased the range of healthy products we are selling in the Store and Extra Store.

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Create a way for students to sell second hand course materials

We have combined different ideas reffering to learning materials into one project and we expect to implement it by the start of next year.

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Create more practical learning opportunities

We have combined different ideas reffering to learning materials into one project and we expect to implement it by the start of next year.

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More opportunities to learn a different language

Besides University's Languages for All and modular sessions students also have the possibility of joining a new language based society in order to learn a new lanugage.

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Free bus to maltings

After discussions about the practicalities of this idea we have decided that the costs for implementing such a service are too high in comparison with how much benefits it would provide.

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Stop using plastic bags on campus

We have moved our reusable cotton bags in order to be more visible. Also, we are researching into how we can further decrease our plastic usage.

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Lower Prices in SU Venues

We already provide food and drinks at the lowest possible cost. We also have daily deals and happy hours specials.

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Build a swimiming pool on campus

The costs of building and maintaining a pool are very high and the University does not consider it as a viable option. However, we are working with Essex Sport to run a Just Play learn to swim programme. Check out the current swimming seesions here.

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put students in control of what happens 

This idea was taken forward in the SU Hackathon by the group Change 5.

make navigation around campus easier

This idea was taken forward in the SU Hackathon by the group Confederacy of Independent Students.

make campus life more affordable

This idea was taken forward in the SU Hackathon by the group Change 4 Change.

create a queuing system for the safety bus 

This is now in place. 

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TAke students' mental health seriously

This idea was taken forward in the SU Hackathon by the group Kaisen.

bouncers should take students too drunk for subzero back to the squares

This idea is now is place. 

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create a way to see my current grades for my degree with breakdown

This idea is currently being worked on through the 'Grade Display Project'.

bring back vegan chocolate

You can find this is the Extra Store. 

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Include chocolate in the meal deal

This is now in place, in both The Store, and The Extra Store. 

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introduce greek and cypriot food choices

These are now in the Extra Store. 

make it easier and clearer on how to join a society

We've started the initative 'SU on Tour' to help combat this. Throughout the year we'll be visiting key student areas off campus, to speak to more of you face to face about SU services. 

more veggie options in the kitchen

There are now vegetarian burgers in the Kitchen. 

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reduce cost of gym membership

The SU are in discussions with the University about this. 

offer belly dancing classes

 The SU are looking into offering this as a Just Play class.

more recognition for winning sports teams

This idea is now being developed by the SU sports team, who are looking into profilling teams in the Blades blog and awarding performance of the week.

reintroduce module readers and circulate lecture slides before a lecture

We have combined different ideas reffering to learning materials into one project and we expect to implement it by the start of next year.

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mindfullness exercise classes close to exams

This idea is being worked on by our Promise 1 departments with the sports department.

increase awareness of serious mental health issues

The University are currently working on a mental health awareness package for both students and staff.


The Change Week events will be repeated in the future - this is not the only one.

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There are now more sushi products in the Extra Store.

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open the kitchen at the weekend

The Kitchen will be open on Saturdays from mid January 2018 onwards. 

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There are now more free Just Play sessions.

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Every Thursday has free entry to SubZero, with music themed nights.

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During fresher's fortnight, students are allowed to use their government ID to enter age restricted events. After all registrations are complete, the requirement changes to their student ID. This is because all tickets are connected to the student's account, and so the student ID is required to check for tickets.

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Offer more salads in The Store

There are now more salads sold in The Store.

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Advertise SU Learning and Skills opportunities more

SU Learn opportunities have been advertised through a variety of methods.

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Start a Philosophy society

A Philosophy Society has been created. To join the society, click here.

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Hold sports on days other than Wednesday

We offer sporting opportunities every day of the week

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Safety Bus should run until the end of Sub Zero

The Safety Bus runs until one hour after the last venue closes.

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Increase Caribbean food range on campus

There are now Caribbean food products in the SU stores.

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Sell nicotine tablets or gum in SU shop

Student asked for nicotine products within the stores. A small order was placed to see how they sell.

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Make the process of creating a society clearer and easier

A brand new webpage was launched to help students in the process of creating a society.

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More fresh food on campus

More salads and sushi were added in the Extra Store. There are also plenty of other healty options in the Store.

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Give women more of a voice

We have a women’s network and a feminist society where all self-identified female students have the ability to voice any concerns they have. Also, we are planning different events to push this idea forward.

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Make it easier for newcomers to adapt and feel well connected

We organised the Heirloom House, the Fresher's Hub and the Officers Talks in order to make newcomers adapt easier.

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Better climbing facilities

SU sports are planning to replace the climbing wall in the future.

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Hold and promote more non-alcoholic events on campus

There is a wide range of different events students can attend to includeing the events organised by societies. You can see all of them by clcicking here.

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Lower prices in SU Shops

We are doing everything we can to ensure that we offer products as affordable as possible to everyone while still getting the revenue neccessary in maintaining our core services.

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Offer pay as you go gym memberships

Essex Sport is bringing a consultant to review our current gym membership model.

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Provide microwaves for students to heat lunches in accessible areas

We are currently in discussions with the University to select the right spaces for this.

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Send reminders for people booked onto Just Play sessions.

SU Sports have said that they will look into this so see if it can be implemented next year.

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make it easier for trans students to change their IDs

SU's Trans Officer is working on this idea.

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Create a chill place to sit and talk between lectures

There are many places where students can go to sit and talk around the campus including the common rooms.

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Hold a drag show in Subzero

LGBQ+ officer is working with SU Venues to find out if this idea can be implemented.

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More emails about upcoming campus events

Every two weeks, a newsletter email will be sent out to groups of students about specific events.

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offer workshops for self-confidence

SU Learn offers loads of different courses, some of which would help with self-confidence. You can find all their courses here.

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Reduce the price of on-campus laundry

The University is tied in a contract with the current laundry service provider in 2020, but is considering all viable alternatives.

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Expand the career fair with big companies coming

After we have collected more specifics from the students who proposed the idea we have passed the information to the University's Employment and Career Centre who will use it for future events.

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Create more office hours for  lecturers

Due to the complicated nature of timetabling we were unable to add any support hours. However, we have pointed the students to other support alternatives such as SU Learn.

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More books in the library

Even if we cannot tell the Library what stock, we have pointed students to the processes they can follow to obtain their book including suggesting the library to procure the book through their Book Suggestion Form.

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Impeach Trump

Unfortunately, we are not able to initiate the impeachment process. However, we can direct students to different petitions they could engage with if they wanted to push the idea further.

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Update Find Your Way App

The University is currently working on improving Find Your Way app. If you have any suggestions regarding this idea please let us know.

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To pay SU staff a living wage

We plan to pay all SU Staff, irrelevant of position, living wages by 2020. However there is a lot of work that needs to be done with regards to budgets and costings.

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Better food on campus at night

SU Venues has advised that they will not be extending the opening hours of additional food outlets. The Store is already opened 24/7, and offers a full ranges fresh products including sandwiches, fruits or sushi.

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Want to know more?

Head to our live blog of the SU Hackathon by clicking right here.

This is just the beginning

We'll update this page as we make more ideas happen.