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
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- 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…

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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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      • 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…

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        • Energy Saving Competition

          Lancaster University holds a considerable amount of residences each year, but not all of the residences understand or practice the idea of energy saving. Many of us take energy for granted; we left the room without switching off the lights, or simply just waste too much water when washing. For this reason, I suggest the colleges to collaborate with UPP and to organise energy saving competition. This competition could set to be monthly or termly and it could be competition between colleges or houses. However, the prizes for the competition should be eye-catching, for example, reduction in accommodation fee, or…

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          • Car-sharing/ Car Clubs programme

            Lancaster University has one of the best location than other universities, it’s only a short drive away from the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District. However, many of us are limited to travel to such gorgeous locations due to the lack of transportation. As these locations are difficult to travel via public transport, many of us lose the chances to experience the countryside of England.

            Ann Helme on campus had just recently terminated their car hiring service, hence, it is almost impossible for students who live on campus to hire a car just for the day. It…

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            • Stress Free Relaxation Zones (including puppies)

              Every college can make an "unwinding zone" , which would be a 20x20 room brimming with soft carpet and beanbag seats that plays rain commotions and delicate jazz. This will be a calm place to go and unwind more than anything, it can likewise be connected to or be near the school welfare officer's office. Anybody can go, there shall also be a rule where you remove your shoes (socks must be worn at all circumstances however), no raised voices, and no technology, telephones can be handed in and when leaving, be collected. I know for beyond any doubt that…

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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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                • Equip flats with 'special' items, such as rice cooker, mixer/blender, scale, laundry rack

                  Students buy their own cutlery or oder a package from Lancaster Uni's online store. However, there's some kitchen equipment and other items that students don't use frequently and that could easily be shared, such as a rice cooker, a mixer/blender, a kitchen scale or a laundry rack. In our flat, we currently have 4(!) rice cookers but we are lacking other items that wouldn't be worth buying if one only rarely used them.

                  I suggest to equip the kitchens with some of those items that are 'not worth' buying for a single student, but which could contribute to a better…

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                  • Employ a dedicated college marketing officer(s)

                    In my opinion, the college system is one of the greatest selling points of this University. In recent times however, engagement with the colleges and their activities appears to have steadily declined, and with it, the level of pride and identity associated with being part of any one college. I believe this can be solved through the implementation of marketing strategies and techniques I have learnt over the course of my degree (Marketing Management) by a dedicated member of staff responsible for the marketing strategy of each college.

                    A marketing officer can:

                    • Increase knowledge about the current student (in…

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                    • College Freshers Forums

                      When coming to university for the first time, one of the major concerns of many freshers is the social side of things and whether they will make any friends. Due to this, I propose college-based online forums for freshers to join before coming to the university and throughout their time to help combat any problems in this area.

                      It can be daunting going to a new place knowing no one at all. The rise of social media and its ability to connect new people shows how important an online social space can be. Unlike being in one generic Facebook group…

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                      • New Recreation and Wellness Hub

                        Imagine - Space ​practicing for gymnastics, capoeira, trampoline, aerial silks, aerial lyra, acrobatic balancing​, classical dance forms,​ dancing and wire walking​.​ Chillaxing in a specified light therapy room aka tropical lounge. Juice bar to boost your wellness....

                        A new recreation and wellness hub to allow the club, group and individual to access space and equipments without having the need to borrow or forced to purchase equipments for the activity. Along with a wellness platforms such as tropical lounge (light therapy room) and juice bar.

                        This space is to have trampoline, sprung floor for gymnastics, capoeira and circus. Also permanent rigging…

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                        • College Identity

                          Identity is a real problem when deciding what college to pick before arriving at Lancaster. Colleges fail to capture the individuality behind their college, leaving students to pick colleges by accommodation rather than by the values that their college holds.

                          Briefly alluding to Harry Potter, students pick houses based on matching their personal values with that of the house. Throughout their time at the school, the do their best to uphold and maintain the stature of their house.

                          College websites hosted by LUSU display information about the JCR and basic information about the campus lifestyle. The information displayed on the…

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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…

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                            • Free breakfast every Wednesday in every college

                              This idea helps soften two of the most common problems of students: time and money. Why not just get out of bed and go to the college bar to have a nice breakfast and a chat with your fellow college friends. Why Wednesday ? Because it is the middle of the week and students need something good to happen to them in order to make it easier to finish the hard long week.

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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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                                • Busy Bot system for college bars

                                  A system in which is the current population of public areas are shown. This would give an indication of the atmosphere in each college bar so that you could effectively choose where you would like to spend your time. Whether you want a busy and buzzing atmosphere or a quiet drink this feature would help you find the right place. This data is given by other students and people in the bar and verified every 30 mins or so by the bar staff. This could be a new part of the ilancaster app so it is more accessible for all…

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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…

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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

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                                      Armin

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                                      • Colleges In the City

                                        Colleges on campus create a great environment for supporting students, providing fantastic events, and foster a strong sense of camaraderie, but offer little to students who live in town which after first year, is the majority.

                                        Events are often held on campus, forcing students who live in town to commute to campus in order to take part in events. Moving a subset of events to town will give students the ability to engage and identify with their college. To do this though their would need to be collegiate spaces in town.
                                        Through the provisioning of collegiate spaces in town, study…

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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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