Reimbursement for disruption to teaching during UCU strikes at Heriot Watt Uni Edinburgh

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As students at the Heriot Watt University Edinburgh, we are severely affected by the  UCU strike action. We do not hold the staff members themselves responsible, but appeal to the administration to defend our education as much as possible. This is further emphasized by the high tuition fee that is demanded from both international and domestic/EU students, as we lose valuable contact time. Our contact hours are especially important as all teaching is condensed into a single academic year. Missed contact hours will negatively affect our learning outcome, grades and future career prospects.

We are said to lose 2-3 weeks worth of contact time, which for a postgraduate student corresponds to three weeks out of our two semesters, accounting for 10%+ of the whole degree. The masters courses are well described in terms of teaching weeks, contact hours and content topics and as such it is easy to quantify the disruption to courses if the strikes go ahead. The sale of goods act (1979) makes it clear that if goods are not delivered as described then consumers have the right to claim a refund proportionate to the decreased value of the goods. Similarly, university courses are protected under the usual consumer rights laws as set out by the CMA.