How To Claim Compensation Over University Lecturer Strikes
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It's likely that you've heard the news about the impending strikes happening at universities across the UK.
ICYMI some lecturers will be striking under the University and College Union (UCU) as they fight for better pay, pensions and working conditions.
After spending £9,000 or more on tuition fees, the walkouts mean that as many as one million students could miss out on crucial lectures and seminars.
So, for anybody who believes the strikes (whether you agree with them or not) will impact on your studies, you might be entitled to claim compensation.
If you're thinking about complaining, you'll probably be joining a long queue of other students making similar complaints. Following widespread strikes back in 2018, the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA) received its most student complaints in four years.
If you'd like to complain, the first step is to approach your university. They might be able to offer you some sort of compensation without you needing to take the complaint any further.
A UCU spokesperson advised: "Students should be demanding that universities put the huge sums of money they will save from not paying staff during the strike into student-facing activities."
However, if you're not lucky enough to receive a pay out - or if they offer you something that you deem not to be enough - you do have the option to take the matter further.
Depending on where you are in the UK determines where you should go to complain.
If you're in England or Wales and you want to take your complaint beyond the university, you could approach the OIA.
In Scotland, you can take complaints to the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO).
And, in Northern Ireland, it's the Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman (NIPSO).
As long as you have a strong enough case, you could be entitled to a hefty payout - in 2018 one university was forced to pay out nearly £1300 to one international student in compensation.
The strikes will take place over 14 days between 20th of February and 13th of March 2020.
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