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More than 3000 students commit to compensation claim with Asserson

More than 3000 students in the UK are now part of an Asserson-backed scheme to claim money back for lost teaching time resulting from industrial action at UK universities.  This means that submitting a group claim for breach of contract is now viable, and the Firm will be proceeding to apply for a group litigation order.  Students at institutions across the UK 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.  This is despite petitions protesting against the loss of lectures and other classes signed by more than 100,000 students, and despite the fact that the universities are holding savings from the salaries  withheld from staff on strike days.

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, ensuring there are no participation costs for students.

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 newspaper coverage

Further coverage in The Times

The Guardian newspaper coverage

The Telegraph newspaper coverage

The Independent newspaper coverage

Wales Online coverage

Times Higher Education Supplement coverage

Nottingham Post coverage

Manchester Evening News coverage

Further coverage in The Independent

Sussex Express coverage

Lancashire Post newspaper coverage

The Tab coverage

Cosmopolitan coverage

London Live broadcast coverage