University strikes – Student watchdog moots student refunds

The student watchdog has said universities in England should consider making partial refunds of tuition fees if students have their courses interrupted by strikes currently taking place on campuses, writes Richard Adams for The Guardian.

Nicola Dandridge, the head of the Office for Students, the higher education regulator in England, said universities affected by the industrial action would need to make up for any disruption. “Universities are subject to consumer protection law, and they should consider how they will make up for any disruption caused by industrial action,” Dandridge said. “This might include rescheduling any teaching which is missed, delivering course topics in a different way or considering whether partial refunds of tuition fees are appropriate. Students should not be disadvantaged academically because of any disruption.”

Picket lines sprang up at 58 universities on the morning of Wednesday 1 December at the start of a three-day walkout by members of the University and College Union, after dual strike ballots over proposed pension cuts, and pay and working conditions.
Full report on The Guardian site