UCU Suspend Strike: Too Little Too Late
As a third year student, my seminars and lectures are vital in my final months at university. Not only are they important to enhancing my learning, as well as key in all of my assignments.
Half way through January, my department (Politics) at the University of York informed us students that strike action was to be taken against pension cuts. Since January, none of my tutors have been contactable, every email has been ignored, and the work put in by students has felt needless.
Fast-forward a few months, not only have I had NO contact hours, due to my entire department going on strike, all of my deadlines have been pushed back, meaning my dissertation marking and my graduation has been delayed.
My dissertation supervisor, who was assigned to my project to help me with my final year project, has been missing since January, meaning I have nobody to check my work. My final year has been heavily compromised by this strike, and it is simply unacceptable.
Not once, in this time, has any university official apologised to students for the major disruption this has caused. Not once, did any of my tutors apologise for being unable to mark our work, or offer any alternative to the countless hours lost.
My vice chancellor offered excuse after excuse, whilst thousands of students complained about how the strikes were detrimental to our academic careers. Every complaint and concern fell on deaf ears.
Nobody at my institution was on the side of the students, and the widespread panic over our courses were not listened to or eased.
So, to UCU, on behalf of angry students, who has had her last few months at university overturned by your selfish and downright unacceptable behaviour, I do not accept your sudden suspension of this strike. It is too little too late, the damage has already been done, and felt by countless students who have paid for their education.
Students pay a great deal of money for a degree, and your actions have meant we have not received our moneys worth, and not a single university official has even bothered to consider compensation. Your serious breach of contract and your mindless strike has lead to thousands of students nationwide struggle to complete their degree to the best of their ability.
Students will never receive an apology from those who have risked our academic careers and futures, but they must feel and hear our anger, and find a way of paying us back.