Here are the universities petitioning to reimburse students for missed contact hours
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Since announcing the fourteen-day strike, students across Britain have set up petitions calling for universities to compensate missed contact hours. This comes after employers UUK walked away from negotiations, university chancellors want to cut pensions by an average of £10,000 per year. Some universities are calling for management to put lost strike wages into mental health services and student hardship funds. Here are some of the petitions: King's College London An extra week of strike dates has been added to accommodate for reading week commencing Monday 19th February. The petition calls on the UUK to reopen negotiation and if the strikes go ahead, for the university to issue a full tuition refund to all students for each day that academics are on strike. It has been signed by nearly 3,300 students. University of Bath Academics at Bath released a statement calling on the Pro-Vice-Chancellor to ensure that all the unpaid wages go into the hardship fund and towards improving mental health services at the university. "Lost wages should not be allowed to disappear into general university budgets or into senior management pay," they wrote. University of Bristol University College London A petition set up by the Student Union is also calling for management to place wages into the student hardship fund. Open letter by Educations Officer Sarah Al-Aride expressed support for UCL staff as well as promising to provide students with further assurance on whether upcoming assessments will take into account missed lessons. University of Liverpool University of Manchester Nearly 4,000 people have signed a petition demanding University of Manchester management to pay a minimum of £300 in compensation for every student who loses contact hours due to the strikes. University of Reading Ecology student Matthew Gilbert is petitioning for the University of Reading to reimburse student £840 for the duration of the strike. However, the campaign 'Reading Students Against Strikes,' set up by the Reading University Conservative Association have published a petition demanding the UCU call off 'damaging and unnecessary strikes.' University of Sheffield University of Southampton The staff that go on strike will have their pay docked, academics will lose three-quarters of the months pay whilst those on short-term contracts will not receive payment. University of Sussex University of York
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