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Compensation for students over tuition contract breach: Asserson co-ordinates

More than 1000 students have now joined a scheme launched by Asserson to claim money back for lost teaching time resulting from industrial action at UK universities.  The firm is inviting students at institutions affected across the UK to register to join a  group claim for breach of contract.  Regardless of the rights and wrongs of the dispute between lecturers and other academic staff and their employers (UK universities), hundreds of thousands of students lost 14 days of classes over the winter period for which they have paid tuition fees.  In some cases this represents more than 10% of annual teaching time.  The universities who are responsible for any “refunds” to students have so far given no indication that they plan to offer compensation, even though they currently hold the savings from salaries withheld from staff on strike days.

The claim will be funded by a specialist litigation funder, ensuring that there are no costs incurred by students to participate in the claim.  Hundreds of students have already joined the claim using the dedicated sign-up site.  The claim is also receiving support from a range of student bodies.

Asserson has extensive experience in bringing claims on behalf of individuals and groups against established institutions, as well as being ranked as one of the world’s leading firms in the area of disputes work.

Sign up to the group is at

Coverage of the claim can be found at:

The Times coverage

Nottingham Post coverage

Further Nottingham coverage

Essex coverage

Sheffield coverage

Guardian letters