Reimbursement for disruption to teaching during UCU strikes at UoEdinburgh
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As students at the University of Edinburgh, we are severely affected by the potential 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 12-14 days 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.
We support the union members' right to strike. Coming to this university to study was a substantial investment in our future, and we want this investment to be worthwhile. Therefore, promises need to be made that we will be given our money's worth. This could be done in three ways: preferably by meeting the lecturers demands and avoiding the strike, by making up for lost contact hours, or if all fails, by reimbursement.
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