Compensation for the Uni Strikes
'The UCU is the largest further and higher education union in Britain, with over 110,000 members from all areas of academia. The strike is expected to affect 61 universities across the UK, including the University of Glasgow.'
While some are ecstatic about 2 weeks of cancelled lectures, students having to pay £9000 a year for upcoming spring exams are left frustrated and cheated of their money. As a second year student at Glasgow Uni, having 14 days of no lectures and seminars cancelled over strikes is not what I was expecting having paid an institution for education. Hearing 'maybe i'll see ya next week or maybe not ..' two weeks ago from my philosophy lecture has put me in a sour mood for my upcoming exam, for which 6 out 10 lectures have been cancelled due to the strike.
Not only are universities cutting the teachers' pensions but they are also cutting the students' education pay to attend university. As bureaucratic institutions, Universities including Glasgow should be finding ways around this strike to make sure the students can attend the lectures and receive the education they are paying for.
As the university 'continues to engage in constructive discussions with UCUG' Students have been left to wait around, checking if their lecture is on tomorrow and wondering 'How can the university give exams on courses that haven't been taught?'
Do not misread this message I am in FULL SUPPORT OF THE STRIKES along with many other students, however, not knowing what my exam will be on since we haven't been taught half the course and whether my lecturer will be at my 10am tomorrow or not is driving me nuts! The devoted teachers are showing amazing dedication to the strikes, but why should the students who are in full support be suffering a lack of structure?
Glasgow Uni has stated, 'We do not believe that any student will be prevented from graduating on time because of the industrial action-consequently there are no plans to refund tuition.' However, it is the education (which we are not getting) that we are paying for, not graduating on time.... We are paying for the full semester course of education.
If you're also feeling lost, confused and frustrated then help sign and share this petition. If we can get over 500 signatures - This petition will go to the uni demanding that students should get some sort of compensation for these last few disruptive weeks.