Turn Part of the Old SU into a Sleep Pod Bay

The old SU has been left completely abandoned since the move to the new building. It seems like a huge waste of space to leave it as such, and leaves the Health & Applied Sciences campus area very poorly catered for in terms of relaxation space for students between lectures.

By turning either what was Red Bar or what was Escape into a Sleep Pod Bay, the provision of student spaces in this area of the campus suddenly becomes acceptable. Giving students the ability to catch a few Z’s between lectures would massively improve concentration ability and give everyone the chance to relieve stress before having to get back to work.

Also I’m aware that this would also give people the opportunity to sneak in for a cheeky one if they wanted to; it would be very easy to avoid this by purchasing certain sleep pod designs such as this one:


or having someone around to keep an eye on the pod bay, whichever works better.

Anyway, I think using this free space for a Sleep Pod Bay is great idea and I hope you do too!

Actions Taken

  • This idea opened on 24 Oct 2016 and closes for voting on 14 Nov 2016.
  • This Idea has conditionally passed. Work will start on this Idea unless it is vetoed by two-thirds of the Student Council Meeting on 24 Nov 2016. Click here for more info
  • The Student Council Meeting agreed to pass this Idea and it has been accepted as Students' Union policy.
  • Update September 2017: UWE Bristol has announced that the old Red Bar and Students' Union offices, as well as additional areas of B Block, are to become social and study space with a total of over 300 additional individual study spaces to increase capacity on Frenchay campus.
  • The Students' Union will continue to lobby for more non-commercial social and relaxation space, as well as additional study spaces, across all campuses.      


Larah Korrison
10:35am on 21 Mar 17 Love the idea But it needs careful thinking and planning - especially logistically, how it would work down to a tea. Think about contacting places like Google who already have this facility for their staff and ask them for advise.
Elyshia Neal
2:25pm on 21 Nov 16 This is a fantastic idea! well done to whoever thought of this.
Karolina Krizova
11:52pm on 14 Nov 16 Please do this, it would reduce the numbers of students falling asleep in lectures and being passive and numb in seminars!
Barnaby Miles
4:42pm on 13 Nov 16 Amazing idea.
Bibek Pokhrel
2:16pm on 11 Nov 16 strongly agree, very good idea
Jessy Wu Zhang
6:27pm on 7 Nov 16 This would be so useful for students who don't get enough sleep because they have to travel to uni early or leave late. Sometimes, student have as much as 3 hours of break in between lectures but nowhere to go to rest and going home might not be an option. Other students commute from faraway cities too.
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