UCU Strike Action - Cranfield University Student Respone

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The current planned strike action from the University and College Union (UCU) has come at a time of importance and concern for many university students. As described by the Cardiff Universities petition - 

The proposed strike will affect 14 days of learning across 64 universities in the UK. Spread across 4 learning weeks, typical lecturers are striking due to a change in their pension scheme whereby they could lose up to £10,000 a year, equating to around £200,000 by retirement. 

This petition neither refutes nor rejects the need for lecturers and tutors to strike to receive the pension they deserve. As students writing this, we stand by our lecturers and believe that their demands are justified. 

However, the proposed action will impact students in a number of ways. These include, but are not limited to:

Cancelled lectures, seminars, tutorials and support sessions
Tutors and lecturers will be unavailable for contact, help and support
No rescheduling of missed content and classes
Late essay feedback
Summer exam questions will include missed content from the strike period 

We are asking Cranfield University to reimburse students for lost teaching time due to the planned strikes. This also includes Cranfield Defence and Security due to the extremely specialised nature of the subjects covered at this site, it is not possible to gain training or knowledge from any other institution in the UK.

Some students currently have paid approx £681 - £727 per module and we are requesting compensation by financial means, and in the form of extenuating circumstances during the exam and deadline period. Due to the interruption of study, we feel that exam, essay and dissertation results could be negatively affected. International students have paid much more and this needs to be addressed accordingly.

Students are now fee paying customers and wish to receive a product that we were offered and are subsequently paying for.

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