The University of Bradford needs to do better to protect students from the effects of the staff strike.
The students – their customers – demand they address the following points:
- Financial compensation
- We are paying large fees, often getting in to debt, and it is unacceptable to miss out on many hours of taught sessions and teaching materials.
- The University could easily have predicted absences based on the previous strike.
- The University should have made robust contingency plans.
- Calculated based on numbers of lectures, tutorials, labs, and clinical sessions lost, each UK student could be entitled to a refund of £1520. And international students pay much more.
- Protection of exam results
- Exams must not cover material that has not been taught.
- Students must be informed about when they will be given missed assessments.
- Information must be provided on when missed material will be taught.
- Slides from missed lectures should be made available – with appropriate contextual explanation – immediately.
- Professional standards guarantee
- The University should at once reassure students that all qualifications obtained from Bradford will continue to meet Professional standards, and clinical qualifications will not miss any key elements.