As you're probably well aware, for nine days last year and 14 days over a month-long period at the start of this year, staff across the University who are members of the University and Colleges Union (UCU) took strike action. They took the action because of the universities failure to make improvements on pay, equality, casualisation and workloads as well as changes to staff pensions. While we, the SU, supported the strikes, we also believe you deserve compensation for the effect the disruption had on your studies.
The deadline for applying for compensation is Friday 24th April 2020. You can do so here. Here’s 5 reasons why we think you should get that application in!
1. You haven’t received a satisfactory service. When else would you allow yourself to be shortchanged? If you were to pay for a water bill, and the water didn’t come through, you’d expect compensation!
2. Chances are, you’ve missed many hours of teaching and learning. Given the thousands of pounds a year you pay in tuition fees, plus the amount of pressure there is to perform well at university, it's more than reasonable to make a claim.
3. You’ve experienced anxiety or distress - as long as you have a strong enough case (this is where that disruption diary we previously recommended will come in), you could be entitled to a hefty payout. In 2018 one university was forced to pay out nearly £1300 to an international student in compensation because of strike disruption.
4. You’ve incurred additional expenses - i.e. travel or childcare, or you’ve had visa concerns.
5. You’re not the only one. There’s a long queue of students who are also complaining. It won’t take long and we know that students across the country have had successful claims.
**Please note, the opportunity to claim compensation for COVID-19 disruption is still unclear, and we are currently looking into what the options are. We are awaiting decisions from the college, which will affect the advice we give. However, we do know that claiming for strikes compensation and refunds is your right, that students across the country have had successful claims, and there is a deadline swiftly approaching!**