The University of Cambridge announced today (25/06/18) that it will not be providing fee refunds or financial reimbursements to students who missed teaching time due to the strike action in Lent Term. Varsity reports.
In February and March, students experienced 14 days of industrial action from members of the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU), who were striking to oppose changes to the national universities pension scheme. Some supervisions, as well as lectures and classes, were cancelled as a result of strikes
In a statement, the University outlined the reasons behind the decision not to provide refunds. They claim to have anticipated that “few (if any) students will in fact have been materially disadvantaged as a result of the industrial action”. Rearranging lost teaching and modifying exam questions to remove uncovered content were both highlighted as means by which the University sought to mitigate the effects of the strike.The University also said that annual tuition fees “do not directly correlate to individual teaching sessions”. Alongside this, they commented that the terms of admission, which students sign and agree when they accept an offer of a place, “include a clause which states that, providing certain conditions are met, the University will not be liable for matters outside the University’s control, which explicitly includes strike action”.The University noted that if a reimbursement of fees is ever necessary, any Home or EU student who has their tuition fees paid by the Student Loans Company would have their fees reimbursed to the Student Loans Company.
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