UK Lecturers on Strike, Students Make a Refund Calculator + List of Affected Universities
February and March 2018 are marked by the mass walkouts of the UK university lecturers in a dispute over pensions. While the University and College Union (UCU) continues the teachers walkouts, the students are trying to figure their academic process out. It is currently the third week of the strike and the staff from a total of 61 universities are on walkout from 5 - 8 March. If nothing changes in the pension narrative, a 5-day walkout is to happen from 12 - 16 March.
What Are the Reasons for Lecturers Strike?
According to the UCU, the university lecturers are striking because of the pension cuts under the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). Turns out, the scheme can leave a typical lecturer deprived of £10,000 a year in retirement. As for the younger lecturers, they could be deprived of almost 50% of their overall retirement income.
The USS foresees a change from a defined benefit scheme to a stipulated contribution scheme, making pensions tied to the stock market fluctuations. The ongoing talks didn’t bring any positive change so far, so the strike continues.
List of Universities Affected by the Lecturers Strike
According to the Sun, 64 universities have been affected by the UCU action with a total of 42,000 lecturers walking out. The full list of universities can be found on the UCU online resource.
Below are the most prominent universities affected include:
- Oxford University
- Cambridge University
- Bristol University
- Edinburgh University
- Imperial College London
- King’s College London
- Cardiff University
- Nottingham University
- Queen Mary, University of London
- Royal Holloway, University of London
- Manchester University
- Newcastle University
- Nottingham University
- Queen's University Belfast
How Are Students Affected by the Strikes?
The UK students aren’t going to put up with lecturers strikes, so they have claimed a refund for the academic time missed due to the UCU walkout. For instance, students from the University of Nottingham have created the website that helps to calculate the compensation for ongoing strikes.
The students from the University of Edinburgh, the University of Exeter, and the University of Liverpool have created refund petitions for missed hours which won't be rescheduled. So, their fellow students from the University of Nottingham decided to help people calculate the amount of refund they are eligible for.
Meanwhile, the strike goes on. We’ll continue to follow the story as it unfolds.