Students are demanding compensation after the UCU strikes, which lasted from late February through to early April.
Many universities have reported savings of over one million pounds after the lecturer strike and now students are calling for that money to be handed over to them in the form of compensation for the hours missed.
According to the Independent, students are simply calling for ‘fair compensation’ and treatment in light of the strikes, which affected over 60 universities.
Likewise, there has been little to no information regarding exams, with many students wondering whether any extenuating circumstances will be supplied due to hours missed.
Whilst Cambridge sparked controversy last week by stating that all final years will receive a 2:1, the majority of universities have so far failed to get in touch with their students.
Asserson, an international law firm, has set up a website which is attempting to get students compensation for hours missed.
The firm needed just 1000 names to start the process, which it managed to achieve last week.
A senior solicitor from Asserson has commented on what he believes to be gross misconduct on behalf of all striking universities: ‘No other service provider would get away with charging for 25 weeks of a service and cutting that to 22 with no price reduction. There is no question that universities owe students fair compensation.’
Asserson claim that if the action is accepted, then universities will be expected to be paying out millions over the next few months, with thousands of student liable for up to £500 in compensation for hours missed.
Asserson also claims that over one-quarter of all the signatures are from oversea’s students, who have to pay upwards of £10,000 to £38,000 to study abroad and who are therefore extremely angered by the apparent lack of concern that has been felt concerning their educational welfare.
The Universities Minister, Sam Gyimah, has always kept to the opinion that all students should be reimbursed for university hours missed.
Universities UK has also urged students to raise concerns with their university complaints committee if they feel that they have been left behind in the wake and the aftermath of strikes.
Forms of protest have already taken place in the form of Master’s students canceling their final payment for the year, whilst there have been several protests dotted around the country at universities last week.
Protests last week were held outside the University of Manchester whilst there was a chancellor meeting at Whitworth Hall. The hashtag #askNancy, Nancy is the Chancellor for the university, trended on Twitter alongside the peaceful protest, with more and more students growing frustrated at the lack of concern felt after the strikes.
Whilst Asserson is the only law firm to actually start their own petition, thousands of students have signed petitions all over the country, the majority of which have been stated on change.org.
Do you feel that you have been forgotten about after the strikes? How is your university tackling the outcomes?