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  1. Revision timetable generation through your academic timetable

    A revision timetable generator will allow students to choose what modules they want or need to revise and how long they want to revise them for. A revision timetable will then be generated to help in the run up to a test or an exam during the holidays and to allocate time more efficiently. A revision session on the academic timetable will make it much more formal and may motivate students further. If this isn't feasible, steps can still be taken to make the academic timetable on the student portal and iLancaster more accessible, students could input their own customisable…

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    • MyiLibrary: access on iLancaster app

      As a distance student, I only use e-books or request the library scan chapters.

      MyiLibrary is very useful to store books on the virtual 'book shelf '. However, it would be even better to get quicker access from my phone when I'm on the go. As far as I can see there's no access from the iLancaster app so I am forced to use the web browser.

      I'd love to open an e-book in a couple of clicks from my devices, like the kindle app.

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      • Library Repair Board

        There are multiple little stuff in the library that could be fixed yet never are i.e. chair height doesn't adjust, roller blind string broke etc etc, however students come across them every day.
        The idea would be for students to report these minor problems online so that they can be fixed.

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        • Digital SD card storage device

          A device for storing SD cards which has a small display and facility for naming SD cards/adding some details of contents. When a button next to a cards slot is pushed, the display shows the name and some info re its contents.

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          • Interdisciplinary meet-up and discussion app.

            A tool to help students meet up with other students who are taking other subjects to help each other, team up and discuss how they interact and complement each other. Will also work for staff and research students looking for colleagues within other disciplines to team up with or get advice from. Could be accompanied with regular 'real world' networking events also.

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            • Laundry Notification

              Link up the laundry machines with iLancaster so you know exactly when your laundry is done

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              • IsThereAQueueAtGreggs.com

                Use either pressure pads or mobile geolocation data to broadcast how long the queue at greggs is.

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                • Lecturer Rating System

                  A system where you can rate your lecturers so that when people need to choose who their lecturer will be they can see what other students have thought of them and how effective they have found their lectures.

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                  • Student Card

                    Like other universities, lancaster should have cash deposited in the library card and then the same library card should have access to all food joints in the campus and payment made through swiping the library card.

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                    • Underpass Adverts

                      Could put billboard adverts up on the opposite side of the bus station underpass, to fund new things for the university. I'm sure local or national companies would want to advertise considering the foot fall.

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                      • Buses leave their location on the time stated for a more reliable service

                        Buses leave the bus station etc at the times stated on the boards and app so that people don't miss uni. This would help to create an overall more reliable service.

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                        • Societies

                          An applet on iLancaster that links to http://lusocieties.com that shows a timetable for societies trainings/classes that are held on a weekly basis to make it easier for people to know when/where they’re held at.

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                          • Staff office hours

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

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                            • Have a site subscription to Notability.

                              Have the university get a site subscription to Notability so that student with iPhones, iPads, and Macs can annotate and record lecture notes.

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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.

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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

                                  12 votes
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                                  • e-library card

                                    electronic library card on iLancaster, so you can use it instead of fiddling round in wallet to get card out to show to library machine. Just flash your phone, signed into iLancaster and it should know who you are.
                                    Minimum to have library card on iLancaster app, so you can put the phone over the scanners.
                                    #walletfree

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                                    • electronic bus pass like oyster card through iLancaster

                                      bus pass to be electronic and accessible through iLancaster, so you just show your phone to the driver on entry.
                                      #walletfree

                                      5 votes
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                                      • Have an Ideas page for all aspects of University life

                                        There should be an ideas page for all aspects of University life rather than just for IT and Communications. Such a move would empower the student voice within the University itself without having to go through LUSU and make student democracy more efficient and accessible.

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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.

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