Consumer protection law may provide a case for tuition refunds for students affected by university staff strikes as the Office for Students (OfS) said that universities must make up for any disruption created by industrial action.

“Students should not be disadvantaged academically because of any disruption.”

Refunds however may be bottom on the list of ways to redress any grievances caused. Rescheduling classes or providing alternative means of learning are also possible options for universities to make up for lost time.

Strikes took place in 58 universities against pensions cuts, and pay and working conditions.

Jo Grady, the UCU’s general secretary, said:  “The level of action seen today is just the beginning and university managers now need to wake up and address the very modest demands of staff. Otherwise, the potential for more widespread and escalating industrial action in the new year becomes very real.”

More than one million students are likely to be affected by the strike action but students have also been getting involved by joining teachers picketing, refusing to cross picket lines and by blockading offices of Universities UK.

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