Refund Exeter Students for Missed Contact Hours During UCU Strikes
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The University and College Union (UCU) is striking for fourteen days between the 22nd February and the 16th March, due to disputes over pensions which will leave university lecturers between £6,000 and £10,000 per year worse off in retirement.
This will cause significant disruption and result in fourteen days' worth of lost teaching time and contact hours. Depending on students' timetables, this might mean losing 25% of second term contact hours, or 12.5% of the entire year's contact hours. This is especially negatively impactful given the proximity to exams, dissertation deadlines, and other assessments.
Therefore, we demand that the University of Exeter reimburses its students for the number of contact hours missed during the strike period. This should be calculated based on the percentage of the year's contact hours which will be missed. From this, the same percentage of the £9,250 tuition fees for UK/EU students (rising to up to £33,000 for non-EU international students of Medicine), should be reimbursed to the students.
Whether or not you believe education should be turned into a private commodity as it has been done, it has been, and thus given that services will not be rendered in full, a deduction in price should be made to reflect this.
You wouldn't pay full price for a 75%-constructed house, so why would you pay full price for a 75%-complete year of education?
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