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  1. Taxi sharing

    An app which allows you to post where and when you want to get a taxi and allows you to find people to share it with. Should be limited to university students only to be safer. Could possibly order the taxi for you directly.

    31 votes
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    • What's on in Alexandra Square

      Use social media platforms to create an optional page/s to follow, so that everyone visiting campus knows who and what events are on in Alex Square. It does more than posters and ensures that no one misses out. Updated daily or weekly. It's free. It's convenient. It's easy. It creates business and support for stalls and events, whilst maintaining relationships between students and keeping everyone in the know, cheaper, easier, faster and overall more efficient than paper. (It may also be a good selling point for newer customers to the Square, knowing their products/services can reach a wider audience and…

      21 votes
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      • Options explained

        A system (see Edinburgh innovation that won UCISA award) that allows students to understand and select options for Part 1 and beyond

        20 votes
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        • Have a LUSU Societies Applet

          An applet on iLancaster giving students a list of LUSU affiliated societies with contact information would be a great way to increase participation because it isn't very easy to find the list of societies on the LUSU website and would allow students to find at the press of a button the range of societies on offer.

          18 votes
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          • Deadlines on iCalendar

            We can access and import iCalandar feeds with lectures to our calendars however they're missing deadlines! It would be a very good addition.

            15 votes
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            • 14 votes
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              • Student Name Recording

                Students can submit a short audio clip (online recording widget) also available. They record how their name is pronounced (useful especially for foreign students). This can then either.
                a) Be used on an email footer which says "click here to hear how to pronounce my name" or
                b) Be uploded into LUSI, just think how good that will be for the people reading the graduation names!

                14 votes
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                • Annotation software

                  Enable online learning by annotate a PDF document collaboratively rather than "read and discuss" - integrate this seemlessly into Moodle.

                  Up to 50k grants available to bid for on this as well:

                  https://hypothes.is/blog/an-open-annotation-fund/

                  Something like hypothes.is or a.nnotate 9http://a.nnotate.com/moodle-annotation-plugin.html)

                  11 votes
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                  • Activities focused functionality for Sports Centre

                    The student/user focused aspect of the sports centre web application / iLancaster integration currently encompasses static information along with booking / timetabling functionality.

                    We should look to enhance this by creating support for tracking of activities (see Fitocracy - https://www.fitocracy.com/), bringing a competitive element to the university sports. For example, currently when I complete an activity on the elliptical trainer I'm shown some vague position in some undefined league table. If this was done properly I could see my position among my peers with respect to things like academic year, cohort, college, etc. This could also tie in quite…

                    8 votes
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                    • building access cards on iLancaster

                      get into your building without the access card. Just show the NFC enabled phone logged into iLancaster to authenticate and gain access
                      #walletfree

                      7 votes
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                      • Have a video messaging system on the student portal

                        It would be great if students and staff could communicate to each other via video link online. This would make it much easier for students to communicate to members of staff if they have problems and it would allow for virtual appointments. This would make communications much more efficient and convinient for all.

                        6 votes
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                        • What music is your college listening too!?

                          A way to find out what people from your college listen too!

                          6 votes
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                          • Clear the rhododendrons in the woodland trail and replace them with native, non-invasive plants

                            Rhododendrons are an invasive species and they're taking over the woodland trail. If they were cleared (maybe leaving a couple because they are pretty), more native plants could be planted, making the trail more diverse and ecological.

                            4 votes
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                            • Staff office hours

                              Have a list of the staff from your course department (e.g. LAEL), their office location & hours.

                              4 votes
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                              • Campaign to combat freshers flu

                                Digital awareness campaign to reduce the number of people getting a cold at the start of term, with tips and links to resources.

                                Lots of people are suffering with a cold on campus just now, but we could reduce this suffering next time.

                                4 votes
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                                • Sixth Form and GCSES Tutoring

                                  We should start a system that links A level Students from the Lancaster sixth forms to Students from the university. It would be a steady stream of income for students and an unintimidating learning atmosphere for high schoolers. We have an excess of A* students who just finished th A level courses and know it inside out more or less. This idea could really take off.

                                  4 votes
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                                  • Permanent pencil sharpeners

                                    Permanent pencil sharpeners in study areas would be super nice. I tend to forget my sharpener at home and so my pencils becomes useless after a heavy session of writing.

                                    4 votes
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                                    • Open Music Chamber

                                      A reservable room fully equipped with instruments (guitars, amplifiers , keyboards, drum kit, etc) for all students to use for practicing/playing music without having to be engaged in a society.

                                      4 votes
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                                      • Have collapsible washing lines

                                        Install collapsible washing lines in the grassy areas near accommodation. Drying is expensive. Why not use something free? We can also bring the washing lines in when it's wet.

                                        3 votes
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                                        • Hangover Killer

                                          The photo shows an article about sobriety that was recently in Lancaster university's scan publication.

                                          We could make this app that would help students and people everywhere drink more responsibly.

                                          A new way to reduce hangovers-

                                          This app could be called Hangover killer.

                                          This app is not like the others which require you to log every drink you have on a night out (which seems unlikely to happen).

                                          Hangover Killer motivates you to make wise decisions even when you are drunk.
                                          Nobody is saying don't party and drink, but them last shots at 3am are a bad idea.

                                          How it…

                                          3 votes
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