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On the 20 February at our General Assembly, you voted to support the UCU pension strikes as well as for a refunds campaign to be ran in response to lost teaching hours. Since then, we have been working to gain a better insight into how UCL plan to compensate students for their lost teaching and ensure no student is left disadvantaged as a result.

A response to our open letter, circulated in late March, indicated that UCL would not be considering any form of financial compensation. However, recent updates from the registrar have settled that students whom may have booked travel and the delay in our communication to them meant that they were not able to change their ticket or obtain a refund” could be allegeable for compensation. In scenarios such as this, UCL have said they will look at the evidence on a case by case basis “to ensure we are fair to students who are out of pocket due to our late notice of cancellations”. If you would like to make such a case, UCL urges students to fill in the following form and email it to casework@ucl.ac.uk.

Furthermore, as part of our Don’t Pay Again additional costs campaign, we have suggested to UCL that students be compensated with free graduation tickets for family and friends. This is something Mark, Postgraduate Students’ Officer, has discussed with VP Education & Student Affairs Anthony Smith and we shall be updating this blog when we receive developments on this. We will continue to work towards getting the best possible outcome for students and shall be raising our campaign for refunds with the Provost at our next meeting with him.

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