Hasselt University is a young, dynamic center of expertise for teaching, research, and service provision. In June 2017, the university launched a project to build a new backend module for DSpace to modernize and simplify the submission and the approval workflow. As a result of an international bid, 4Science has been selected as the technical implementer of the solution that is being built on the ongoing DSpace 7 effort. For the benefit of the whole community, it has been agreed that the design and development of these features will happen in the most public and transparent way, sharing as early as possible any decisions or proposals in order to receive valuable feedback from the community: https://wiki.duraspace.org/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=87467016. The ultimate goal is to exploit this project to develop the related functionalities in DSpace 7. A demo of the new UI for DSpace 7 developed by 4Science was given at Open Repositories 2018: https://youtu.be/yKnos2jTdSQ.