Law firm-backed group claim over university strikes attracts 1,000 students

Law firm-backed group claim over university strikes attracts 1,000 students

More than 1,000 students have joined a group action that is seeking compensation for teaching time lost as a result of strike action at universities over changes to the pension plans of academic staff.

Law firm Asserson, which is organising the group action, says enough students have now signed up to proceed with an application for a group litigation order.

Strikes affecting more than one million students at more than 60 higher education providers across the UK, over changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), took place earlier this year.

Further action was called off after the parties struck a deal to end the dispute, which focused on plans to end the defined benefit element of the USS.

Asserson said students lost 14 days of classes over the winter period but have not been issued with refunds of tuition fees. In some cases, this represents more than 10% of annual teaching time, according the law firm.

Shimon Goldwater, a senior solicitor at Asserson, said: “No other service provider would get away with charging for 25 weeks of a service and cutting that to 22 with no price reduction. There is no question that universities owe students fair compensation.”

A specialist litigation funder will provide financial backing for the claim, Asserson said.

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