The University has agreed to reimburse the costs for any students who may have incurred unnecessary travel and/or caring costs when teaching events were cancelled as a result of the strike action. It has been agreed that a portion of the money deducted from the pay of staff taking strike action will be used to cover these costs and some will be used to enhance our student Hardship Fund.
Eligibility for reimbursement will be calculated solely on the basis of the teaching timetable and using declarations of industrial action by members of University staff.
Eligible students will be those who have had all their teaching cancelled on any one of the three strike days so that their journey to the University that day was unnecessary. Students will not be normally eligible for reimbursement where some but not all of their teaching on any given day was cancelled.
No automatic payments will be made. Anybody wishing to seek reimbursement is required to complete and submit the Strike Reimbursement Application Form (.docx), which will ensure payment reflects the actual costs incurred and targets financial support to those most impacted by the strike.
Claims for reimbursement of unnecessary travel and caring costs are in addition to the free hourly parking available on campus on strike days and are separate to applications to the University Hardship Fund.
Costs can still be claimed if a student participated in alternative activities to teaching that took place on campus on strike days, such as peer discussion in teaching rooms, individual study using online resources or any of our additional student support activities.
For travel and caring costs, students may submit a request for reimbursement using the application process along with the details of the costs incurred on one or more of the relevant strike days.
Evidence of expenditure should be submitted with the application, for example, train or bus tickets or receipts, petrol receipts and mileage details, or invoices from caring providers, such as nurseries or day caring centres.
For University nursery costs, enquiries should be made direct to Wivenhoe Park Day Nursery in relation to paid-for but unused Nursery sessions. Eligibility will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.