Masters students at the University of Manchester are refusing to pay their final instalment of tuition fees until they are compensated for the disruption they have experienced from UCU strikes.
A Facebook group for participating Masters students has been created and already has over 110 members.
The Facebook group, ‘Last Instalment Holding MA’ reads,
“The idea of withholding our last instalment has been going around quite a lot recently.”
“It is our best way of pressuring the university to consider serious compensations, especially for Masters students because our time at uni is so short and has been so severely affected.
“We will probably not get anything back if we don’t carry out our own actions!”
The students getting involved in the tuition fee boycott are threatening to hold back over £3,000 until some kind of resolution is reached to determine how they will be reimbursed for the teaching time and course disruption they have experienced.
Director of Communications and Marketing, Michael Greenhalgh has claimed that financial reimbursement for students would be ‘impossible’ to calculate.
He further stated, “Many students have requested reimbursement of their tuition fee based on lost teaching however the university will not reimburse individual students for specific elements of missed teaching and assessment.
“This is because we charge a composite fee for our courses – this means that the overall fee is made up of various different elements in addition to the face-to-face tuition which you receive. These include things like registration, examination fees, access to IT, use of the library, student support services (e.g. advice and guidance service, careers service, Students’ Union).
“University finances are calculated and aggregated at a school level and not at a degree programme level so it would be virtually impossible to calculate a refund for every course, for each year and for each student as the amount would be different in each case.”
Complaints from the group are being made using the formal procedure and will likely increase as further strike action is expected to take place during exam season this summer.