Durham University Compensation (Strike 2018)

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We, the undersigned students of the Durham University,

Urge that the University resolves its dispute with its staff either by resuming national negotiations with UCU or by other means to avoid affecting its students. The unprecedented magnitude of the proposed strikes is unacceptable and will be extremely damaging to all students of the university.

In the sorry event that the University fails to resolve this issue, we feel it fair and just that we are compensated for the loss of 14 days of our education.

We will demand 12% compensation of our Tuition fees for every paying student who loses contact time due to the upcoming strike action from the 22nd of February to the 16th of March (12% of teaching time in an academic year, 22 weeks x 5 days = 110 days). 

Mathematically, this equates to 
- UK Student Fees: (12% of 9000) = Approximately: £1000 (Each day costs roughly £81)
- Overseas Student Fees: (12% of 16 000 - 23 500) = Approximately: £1900 to £2800

In addition, we do not individually rule out further claims of compensation. We acknowledge that the extended nature of the strikes may damage our graduate prospects, and future earnings, substantially.

This is not to suggest that we, as students at the University of Durham, do not support the strike. Many of us stand in solidarity with our tutors and lecturers. However, this support does not overshadow the serious disruption the strikes will cause to our studies if they do go ahead. This is an education we have paid for, were promised and expect.



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