Jolt the Colleges

Do you have a great idea that can help improve the student experience at the Lancaster University Colleges?

Jolt the Colleges is your chance to submit an idea to improve your Colleges. The winner of Jolt the Colleges will receive a £500 prize and the title of Lancaster University Innovation Champion 2017.

They will also see their idea implemented by the Colleges here at Lancaster University. Additional prizes will also be awarded.

Submit your idea online here. Submissions will be shortlisted on a range of criteria including;

- Impact on the student experience
- Feasibility of the idea
- Detail associated with the idea
- Originality

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  1. Tropical Lounge: fighting SAD on campus

    Also known as “winter blues”, the Sub-syndromal Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affect about 21% of the UK population and its severe and more serious form is observed in about 8% of the population*. This disorder, which is triggered by the reduced amount of sunlight, takes place between September and April and some of its most common symptoms are depression, lethargy, sleep problems, poor cognitive function, anxiety and winter illnesses. A simple way of treating SAD is the use of light therapy, which uses the light box, a special lamp used to simulate exposure to sunlight.

    Considering the impact of the…

    84 votes
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    • Food trade system within student houses/flats.

      One of the biggest problems I've encountered with student life regards food. I often see lots of food go to waste because its expiry date has been reached. In addition I see lots of food items duplicated several times amongst fridge shelves, not only does this take up precious space but also leads to unnecessary waste.
      To combat this problem a food trading system should be put in place whereby students write up what they don't need on a white board in their kitchen and others offer a trade.
      This has many positive effects to both the university and the…

      69 votes
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      • Flat Match Making

        If you're a student, take a second to think about what was the thing that worried you the most before starting uni? The most daunting thing for me about coming to university, was whether my flatmates would gel. Unfortunately, i live in a flat where nobody talks to one another for a number of reasons im guessing, which can be quite isolating! So here's my proposal.
        I suggest that in the accomodation process, we use a software that not only allows us to choose our college but what type of flat we wish to be in! Whether that be, sociable,…

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        • Cartmel College JCR Refurbishment

          Cartmel JCR is a place that is not designed for students - the lighting is very poor and the decorations seem to be outdated.

          The bar should be moved into the JCR encouraging more student to come, hence generating higher income and making people satisfied with the JCR.

          31 votes
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          • System to alert you that new parcels have arrived

            The current system relies on you to check to see if your name is on the list for the day, normally posted at the porters office.

            I'm suggesting a new system where the porters can enter all the names for students who have received a package that day, emails are then sent out to these people informing them that their parcel is ready to collect.

            16 votes
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            • Two sanitary bins per floor

              On floors that are all or majority female there should be a sanitary bin in both bathrooms not just one.

              Last night I went to use the bathroom and there was a neatly wrapped sanitary item sitting on the floor next to the toilet - used. I'm not sure exactly what possessed this person to do that, maybe the other bathroom was occupied, maybe their standards of personal hygiene are vastly different to mine.

              Please put in a second bin so that I don't have to work out which of my housemates thinks that safe disposal of sanitary items is…

              15 votes
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              • Letterboxes for individual houses/ flats

                Currently, mail is sorted by the first letter of your surname. This creates a problem as it is often easy to miss your mail. It also means that it is a time consuming process to sort through the all of the post before finding your own (especially when you have a popular letter as the first letter of your surname).
                I know many students who have given up checking their mailbox regularly and only look when they are expecting mail, which further fuels the issue as more post gathers.
                I suggest that the letterboxes in the porters lodges are sorted…

                12 votes
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                • Extend the opening hours to 3am for one of the college bars (alternately for all the college bars)

                  The current situation:
                  All college bars close very early in comparison with the city bars. This forces most students to get to the city centre and pay for a bus and a cab. Of course, this leads to a loss of profits for college bars and also it exposes students to a more dangerous environment than that of the university.

                  Extending all college bars' opening hours probably would be inefficient (high fixed costs, few customers to each bar). BUT:

                  Suggestion:
                  One of the college bars could be kept open till 3am, while the others follow their normal opening hours.
                  The…

                  9 votes
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                  • Alcohol - Free Flats

                    Whether someone don't drink due to personal, health or religious reasons, it can often be a really uncomfortable and isolating to start university life in a situation where the majority of social events are centred around alcohol. From experience, this can be especially tough during Freshers Week - and often means that people who don't drink find it much harder to settle in.

                    I'd love for there to be a couple of designated alcohol-free flats in each college; and especially so if these flats were assigned similar Freshers Reps. It would make it much easier for new students to find…

                    9 votes
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                    • Bus Ticket machine

                      I think one of the big problem in Lancaster University is when people try to buy ticket from bus driver in rush hours around 4-6 pm that cause long queue to get in bus.

                      I suggest to put some bus ticket machines in underpass then student will be able to buy ticket with cash or bank card. Moreover, I think it is good idea to advertise stagecoach app in uni website to show student how they can buy ticket with their phone.

                      Hopefully technology help to stay less in queue in rush hours

                      Thanks
                      Armin

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                      • Platform on which Lancaster students can buy, sell, or exchange items with one another

                        For students who have items they'd like to acquire or already have but don't need, a platform could be created in which students can advertise items they are searching for, or items they would like to sell/swap with others. This could allow students to find any typical items they might need, such as household accessories, kitchenware, textbooks, sports equipment, etc.

                        Instead of people posting advertisements of/requests for items which clutter up the Facebook Lancaster student pages, having this concisely contained within one platform would make buying, selling and exchanging a far simpler process for students and declutter pages not meant…

                        8 votes
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                        • Extend hot water supply for houses that is provided only from 7am to 11pm.

                          Problem:
                          Some of the houses provide hot water only from 7am to 11pm. (At least as it happens at Graduate College)
                          This is totally inconvenient as in many cases residents may need to take a shower later than 11.
                          Examples: Someone may need to stay at the library till late to study, meet for a group work, arrive late from a trip or sweat during a night out on the town etc..
                          This problem makes a bad impression to someone who is interested to study at Lancaster University and wants to stay on campus.
                          Furthermore, the fact that at some…

                          8 votes
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                          • Events Mobile App

                            Lancaster University Students face a huge problem with finding and managing their attendance to various events, not only those organised by the colleges but also those organised by societies and other organisations. Facebook is no longer effective in promoting and managing events due to excess of information displayed on our accounts. There is also very limited way too search for events like parties, seminars, lectures, etc. that might be interesting for us. Hence, we need a new mobile app through which we will be able to discover and sign ourselves up for events we are interested in.

                            To support my…

                            7 votes
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                            • Creating a Main Lost Property Hub

                              Currently, there are several difference spaces and online presences where people advertise lost property they have found and look the items they have lost themselves. These include: the library, the base, LUSU, filling out a form or contacting The Sugarhouse, and several Facebook groups including ‘Lancaster Lost and Found’.

                              I propose a centralised physical hub and Facebook page facilitated by the colleges collectively that could be the first point of call for any student who has lost an item on campus or at a campus owned location.

                              All students would then know exactly where to look first for lost items,…

                              6 votes
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                              • Texting the Porters

                                What if you're in a situation where ringing the porters will take too much time, or will alert everyone around you that you are ringing them.

                                It would be so much easier to file a complaint or let the porters know about something if you could text them the details without anyone knowing that you've done so, or instead of texting, an app connect to iLancaster that allows you to send a message through in real time.

                                Through this, people may be able to feel safer, knowing that if they have reported something, or need help then it is easier…

                                6 votes
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                                • Put larger / additional fridges and freezers in campus accommodation kitchens

                                  Most on-campus kitchens that I've seen lack appropriate space in the fridges and freezers - sometimes leading to conflicts about space allocation, or having to throw food away because it gets mouldy outside of the fridge. Not having to remove everything to get something from the back or having to improve your tetris skills to fit everything back in would make life so much easier :)

                                  6 votes
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                                  • iPick-Up Lancaster

                                    The idea is started by hearing issues from some students here that they need additional “income”, yet, it is hard for them to get the available and suitable part-time jobs. Either it is because of the tight university schedules that seems unable for them to get additional working loads, or simply the incompatibility between the available jobs with the students’ backgrounds. Moreover, for international students, it is quite an issue to get “formal” jobs because of the student visa and some sponsorships are not allowing them to work. But, if Lancaster University could provide platform which enables students to get…

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                                    • Online Post System

                                      an online system for the post that comes into the porters office for each college. A campus wide application that links to the iLancaster app which is easy for the porters to use, that sends a push notification to a person when they receive post or parcels.

                                      5 votes
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                                      • Information about societies and social events on the iLancaster app

                                        Adding a section to the ilancaster app where students can search through the societies on campus and view the events they are running. The societies should be able to have a brief profile, including how to join and events. This would help encourage new students to connect with societies and help improve attendance and interest. As a new student it is difficult finding out about activities and social events unless someone you know is going - an initiative like this would help connect students to different groups of people and experiences.

                                        4 votes
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                                        • Inter-college arts competition

                                          There is currently a lot of inter-college sporting competition, but I think it would be interesting to open some kind of competition relating to the arts, to allow those who don't compete in sports to engage in inter-college competition.

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