Our legal team is helping thousands of students claim fair financial compensation through no win, no fee group court claims.
In the news
High Court gives University College London four months to end dispute with students who want permission to sue over COVID-related tuition
London students’ Covid-19 compensation bid put on hold to encourage resolution.
Student Group Claim making waves over the pond!
High Court gives university 4-8 months to agree compensation with students out of court.
ITV News: Student Group Claim
London Live: Student Group Claim
BBC London: First Court Hearing Against University College London
Sky News Kay Burley Student Group Claim LIVE 24
GBNews: Student Group Claim sit down with Michael Portillo
Why hundreds of thousands of students in Britain are suing their universities
BBC South East Today – Why students should be compensated
ITV News – 90,000 students to sue their universities over Covid disruption
Channel News Asia – Students demand compensation!
GBNews – Universities saved money by moving tuition online. We were promised a service!
Ryan Dunleavy talks about university strikes in London Live interview
Student Group Claim on GB News – Why university strikes are unfair
5 News – University graduates speak about their time at university during the pandemic and strikes
BBC London News talks about our claim
TalkTV – What was lockdown uni really like? Why should unis compensate students?
GB News – Students sue for refunds from their universities
GB News – Students to sue several universities over Covid disruption
17 July 2023: High Court judgment – UCL group claim can proceed without students first completing UCL and OIA ombudsman complaint procedures.
Students have been let down by their universities. They paid full fees for a university experience that they were not sold. They’re frustrated, disillusioned, even angry.
Students have tried to fight back but they’ve been no match for these powerful institutions.
That’s where the Student Group Claim comes in. We exist to address the power imbalance between those students and graduates affected, and the universities.
By bringing claimants together under a Group Litigation Order, they stand a fighting chance of getting the compensation and justice they deserve.
The Student Group Claim has brought together two experts in group litigation, Asserson and Harcus Parker. These two highly regarded firms, along with a third party funder, have the experience and financial backing to take on these deep-pocketed institutions.
We take on each student or graduate’s claim against their university on a no win, no fee basis. If the claim is unsuccessful, our clients will have nothing to pay.
If their claim is successful, our clients will pay us no more than 35% of any damages that they’re awarded. It is this fee that makes the Student Group Claim possible.Join the claim
What our clients say
“I’ve come out with a very lacklustre degree. It’s not worth what I paid. It is not of the same value. I don’t have the skills that I was promised. So, no, it was not worth it”Tia O’Donell, Graduate, UAL Via Channel 5 News Watch the full news segment here
“I was promised studying at ‘London’s global university’ [UCL] which should have been an exchange of cultures, perspectives, and debate, all in this central London hub … what I actually got was an online degree delivered in my bedroom.”David Hamon, Postgraduate, UCL Via BBC London News Watch the full news segment here
“The universities seem to have done financially very well during the pandemic. So, between 2018 and 2021, their tuition fee income went up by more than £1 billion … these are big, successful, profitable institutions, they can afford, in our view, to give students the compensation that they deserve.”Shimon Goldwater, Partner, Asserson Law Offices Via Talk TV Watch the full news segment here
“All we’re doing is asking them to pay back what they overcharged the students. We’re not saying pay back everything the students paid.”Ryan Dunleavy, Partner, Harcus Parker Via BBC London News Watch the full news segment here
In the press
“I hated teaching online during Covid. I found seminars completely ineffective.”Senior University Lecturer
“I’ve come out with a very lacklustre degree. It’s not worth what I paid. It is not of the same value. I don’t have the skills that I was promised. So, no, it was not worth it”Tia O’Donell, Graduate, UAL
“I was promised studying at ‘London’s global university’ [UCL] which should have been an exchange of cultures, perspectives, and debate, all in this central London hub … what I actually got was an online degree delivered in my bedroom.”David Hamon, Postgraduate, UCL
“The universities seem to have done financially very well during the pandemic. So, between 2018 and 2021, their tuition fee income went up by more than £1 billion … these are big, successful, profitable institutions, they can afford, in our view, to give students the compensation that they deserve.”Shimon Goldwater, Partner, Asserson Law Offices
“All we’re doing is asking them to pay back what they overcharged the students. We’re not saying pay back everything the students paid”Ryan Dunleavy, Partner, Harcus Parker
“I am joining the group claim as my whole first year was affected by Covid and online teaching. I am now suffering from strike actions and having lectures and seminars completely cancelled often with little notice.”English and Philosophy Undergraduate, University of Sheffield
“I struggle to see what my £9,250 per year has gone towards, as the teaching has been sub-par, interaction between lecturers and students has been incredibly minimal and long-term online teaching is no substitute to in-person lectures and seminars.”William, Newcastle University
“I did not sign up for an online degree. My first year was 100% online and my second year is looking to mostly be online, with only in persons being once-a-week tutorials.”Joshua, University of Manchester
“I am joining this because as an international student I have to pay literally double the fees of EU students and not even getting the facilities which I was entitled to. It’s really hard for us to gather such big amounts.”International undergraduate, Queen Mary, University of London
“The fact that we are still paying full fees for the service we are receiving is ridiculous.”Psychology undergraduate, University of Nottingham
“A University that treats studies as a commercial activity and students as customers must offer reimbursement whenever it fails to provide the services for which it has been paid.”Brad, Design Student
There is a contract between every student and their university. The student pays course fees and the university agrees to provide in-person tuition, access to facilities and other services as set out in its contractual documents, prospectuses, and promotional materials.
Universities breached their contracts with students from 2018 onwards, in response to strikes and then Covid-19. During those years they cancelled in-person classes or moved them online, as well as restricted access to facilities such as libraries.
Students can claim financial compensation for these breaches of contract. The best way for them to achieve this is as a group, in a collective court claim.Join the claim
It would be completely improper for a university to treat a student differently just because they have joined a group claim, and we think it is very unlikely to happen.
Thousands of students have and will be signing up to the claim, and will be in the same position as you.
In our view, yes. There is typically a substantial difference between the price of a traditional university course and an equivalent online course. In our view, under English law, you are entitled to compensation to make up that difference for the period when your course moved online.
In our view, yes. Under English law, if a university promised you a certain number of weeks of teaching and provided a smaller number of weeks, for example due to strike action by lecturers, you are entitled to compensation for the cancelled teaching weeks.
No. We will not ask you to pay anything out of your pocket at any stage. All our legal fees will be met out of the compensation if your group wins its claim, with your contribution capped at 35% of the compensation.
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