Compensation for students over UCU strike action

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The University College Union has announced 14 days of strike action commencing on Thursday 22 February and ending on Friday 16th March. The specific strike days during this period are detailed in the link below:

https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/9242/UCU-announces-14-strike-dates-at-61-universities-in-pensions-row

While student opinion is divided on whether the strike is justified, it now looks likely that it will go ahead. It is therefore inevitable that students will lose contact hours and will be unable to consult with their lecturers through office hours and emails.

This petition calls on the universities involved in the strikes to sufficiently reimburse students for any contact hours that they miss due to strike action. This is coming at a particularly difficult time in the academic calendar, with many students commencing their assessed essays or preparing for exams. It is wholly unacceptable that universities may not provide the teaching resources and contact hours they are contractually obliged to, while still taking our tuition fees in full. As the relevant universities will not be paying lecturers and teaching staff on the days they strike, it is unfair that our money will not be spent on our education.

We, the undersigned students of the striking universities, demand that a fair level of compensation is given to account for this. While the amount or type of compensation is up for debate, this petition seeks to establish the principle that compensation is due to students, who through no fault of their own shall not receive teaching time that they will still have to pay for. This could be in the form of direct cash payments to students who miss contact hours;  investing the money not paid to strikers into extra student facilities across the relevant campuses, which should be clearly evidenced and publicly published or perhaps putting the money  towards a student hardship fund to help vulnerable students. Whatever the method, we demand compensation for lost teaching time in which students bare no fault, but are paying a heavy price.



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