Just a quick update on the UCU strike, King’s College London have become the first university to break the strike ranks and actually offer their students a form of compensation!
The money handed out to students will actually come from the salaries of striking lecturers,with 60 universities now striking up and down the country.
The proposals have come after nearly 115,000 students from around the country signed a petition to urge universities to make up for their lost hours in the form of compensation, essentially, lot’s of students want a refund.
With lecturers refusing to answer emails or to make up work, one does have sympathy for students being faced with the idea of absolutely no help and guidance, especially third year students in the final throes of university life.
In a statement, King’s College London have stated that the funds usually paid out to the currently striking lecturers will be placed back into the university and eventually refunded back to the students.
The strikes are currently set to run until March 16th, yet if further talks fail and no negotiations are opened up, then exams could be called into question.
University minister Sam Gyimah has stated this week that it is only fair for students to demand their compensation back, with higher education being such an expensive already, Gyimah is simply arguing that students deserve better value for money.
With no negotiations being successful thus far, King’s College London may not be the first and last university to offer refunds to worried students.