Compensate students for disruption to learning due to industrial conflict

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We demand that the University of Oxford pay compensation to students whose learning is disrupted by industrial conflict. As the Education Secretary, Mr Damian Hinds, has said, students 'have rights' to compensation for services that they have paid for but do not receive; Mr Sam Gyimah, the Universities Minister, has said that he 'would expect [universities] to respect those rights'. Students have already paid their tuition fees for 2017–2018: £9,250 in the case of full time Home, EU and Islands undergraduate students; £15,755–£18,080 in the case of full time Overseas undergraduate students; and £4,195–£33,410 in the case of full time graduate students. At present, industrial conflict will deny students access to university teaching, supervision and other services and facilities in Hilary Term 2018 for 9 week days (22–23 and 26–28 February and 5–8 March), accounting for 7.5% of the academic year, which consists of 120 week days. We demand, therefore, that, subject to the duration of the industrial conflict, up to 7.5% of annual tuition fees be reimbursed to each student for the disruption that will occur during Hilary Term. Indicatively, this will amount to up to £315–£2,506 per full time student, including up to £694 per full time Home, EU or Islands undergraduate student. We expect that any further disruption due to industrial conflict that may take place during Trinity Term be treated on the same principles. We refuse to allow the University, which may dock strikers’ pay, to make a profit from the strike.

We emphasise our support for any reasonable demands by UCU and urge that the University of Oxford make every effort to induce Universities UK to resume national negotiations with UCU with immediate effect and to accept those reasonable demands, in order that industrial action by employees or legal action by students may be rendered unnecessary, and that harm to the rights and financial position of students and employees and to amicable relations between students, employees and administrators may as far as possible be obviated.

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