Asserson, an international law firm, have launched a website for students who wish to claim a refund for the teaching time lost due to the UCU strikes.
All students affected by the strikes are invited to join the group at https://www.universitycompensation.co.uk/
The class action lawsuit opened by the firm is designed to allow students to reclaim a portion of their tuition fees, and those who sign up could be refunded hundreds of pounds.
“It is a breach of contract claim because the university promised to provide services to its students”
The students who join will not have to pay any of the legal costs up-front. Asserson plan to obtain third party funding to cover the expenses.
Shimon Goldwater, a solicitor at Asserson, said: “The claim is simple; it is a breach of contract claim because the university promised to provide services to its students – teaching, lectures and so on.”
“I don’t think this would be a good solution to the problem”
“I hope that it goes through, any kind of refund I can get would be great for the students,” Justin, a third-year International Media and Communications student, told Impact.
Kristina, also a third-year International Media and Communications student, is more sceptical: “Our department was heavily affected by the UCU strikes, but I don’t think this would be a good solution to the problem.”
Nawaf, a third-year Civil Engineering student, added: “I support the movement, however, I wasn’t affected as my lecturers were not on strike.”