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Do you have an idea that would improve your experience as a student? If so, the Innovation Hub wants to hear from you.

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  1. 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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    • 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.

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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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        • 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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          • IsThereAQueueAtGreggs.com

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

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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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              • Where is a free car parking space?

                Interactive map that uses data from sensors in the parking spaces (or CCTV camera images) to determine when a car is parked in a space. It then displays available spaces and gives directions to them if needed.

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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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                  • 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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                    • 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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                        • 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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                          • Character Day 2016

                            Sign up for Character Day 2016, organise an event.

                            If we all focus on strengthening aspects of our character, we can contribute more to our family, friends, community, university etc

                            Please see the link-
                            https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CAsQFjAAahUKEwjTmvuTqsDIAhWEkSwKHRIUAok&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.letitripple.org%2Fcharacter_day&usg=AFQjCNE3cvyYCK8awFIaPyqGrkDTBPQ8gQ&sig2=NZA4r0KNATy0H4Zouk-asA

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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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                              • Share a fare

                                A way to post a taxi you are getting in order to share a lift!

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                                • Boost the library

                                  Boost the library by making it a more social, popular, exciting and vibrant place- using parts of the venue for various entertainment eg live entertainment, music, films, readings, enjoy a audiobook or podcast in a group etc
                                  Also, provide ear defenders for those who are reading quietly or incorporate noise cancelling areas.

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                                  • Paint the Underpass with carbon emission absorbing paint

                                    Currently, the underpass is a very dreary place and I, personally, think that some kind of art feature on the wall would be beneficial. Tying in with the university's sustainability initiatives, this feature could be made up of carbon emission neutralising paint that could absorb the pollution caused by the buses and coaches passing through the underpass. It would add a pop of colour to an otherwise bare location that could ease the wait for students and also, reduce the university's carbon emissions. It was used in a project back in Manila, where I used to live, along congested highways…

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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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                                      • 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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                                        • Habit Helper App

                                          Habit Helper is an app to help students and smart phone users everywhere turn bad habits into good habits.

                                          We spend lots of time using our phones, this app would encourage you to use your phone more constructively and/or spend less time staring at the screen.

                                          Brief description of features;-

                                          -Habit Helper logs/analyses the ways in which you use your smart phone, giving you insight in to your personality.

                                          -Habits can be noticed, analysed and altered.

                                          -Shows how much time you spend on any given app, or how frequently you logged in to a given account.

                                          -Shows you with charts,…

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