Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Students Want Refund over Strikes

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Students Want Refund over Strikes

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UNIVERSITY students are demanding refunds over possible strike action by lecturers.

A three-week strike is set to take place over a row about pensions later this month - but students are demanding cash back from their £9,000-a-year tuition fees.

The University of Manchester has said that it is hoped 'normal operations' will continue through the 21-day period.

Strike action is planned by The Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) from Thursday, February 22, to Friday, March 16, across 61 universities.

Under their current pension scheme, the UCU estimates that lecturers at red brick universities are left £385,000 worse off than lecturers at former polytechnics.

But students are concerned how the strike will affect their learning and a petition demanding a minimum of £300 of compensation for every student who loses contact time due to the upcoming strike action has been formed.

More than 500 students have signed the petition.

English literature student Cara Thompson, 19, who is in her second year of study, told the University of Manchester's newspaper, The Mancunion: "This is the second time in two years our department's experienced strikes as a result of staff dissatisfaction/injustices. …

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