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Graduate Sues UK University For Giving Her A 'Mickey Mouse' Degree

Graduate Sues UK University For Giving Her A 'Mickey Mouse' Degree

With so many people going to university these days and tuition fees rising higher and higher, graduating students can often be left questioning the value of their hard work.

Now one graduate from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge is taking the institution to court, accusing it of giving her a 'Mickey Mouse' degree that has done nothing to help her career.

Pok Wong, a Hong Konger who got a 1:1 from the uni's International Business School, has said its claims of giving students a 'quality education and prospect of employment after education' were bogus, the Sunday Telegraph reports.

A student graduating from Anglia Ruskin University. Credit: PA
A student graduating from Anglia Ruskin University. Credit: PA
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"The prospectus convinced me that the university is really impressive," the 29-year-told told the newspaper.

"But, as soon as I started in 2011, I realised there were failings. Although I graduated with a first class degree in 2013, it is a Mickey Mouse degree.

"I hope that bringing this case will set a precedent so that students can get value for money, and if they don't they get compensated. Anglia Ruskin talked a good talk but then they didn't deliver."

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Wong was drawn to Anglia Ruskin's business school after being bowled over by its prospectus, she said. However, she is now seeking over £60,000 ($83,000) in damages for breach of contract and fraudulent representation from London County Court.

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Just some of the failings Wong says she encountered at Anglia Ruskin included lecturers turning up late and students being told to 'self-study'. She is now seeking the money to refund her tuition fees and her living costs for while she lived in Cambridge.

Wong has claimed that her degree 'does not play a role to help secure a rewarding job with prospects', adding that the prospectus had promised the course would leave graduates 'well equipped' for jobs in the business world, following two years of 'high quality teaching'.

Students graduating from Anglia Ruskin. Credit: PA
Students graduating from Anglia Ruskin. Credit: PA
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Amazingly, Wong has even claimed she was 'falsely imprisoned' at her graduation ceremony as officials locked her in a room for trying to speak out about the quality of her course. Blimey.

A spokesperson for Anglia Ruskin University said that at Wong's graduation in 2013 she 'was asked to leave the stage and sat in a room adjacent to it' as her intended protest 'would have damaged the experience for many other graduating students'. However, they insisted she was free to leave at any time.

The university added that Wong's complaints have been already reviewed by the Office of the Independent Adjucator (OIA) and rejected by the Information Commissioners' Office (ICO). She has also been asked to pay the university's legal costs at an earlier hearing.

The spokesperson told the Independent: "We are well aware of the claims made by this former student and we are robustly defending the current litigation."

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Anglia Ruskin is ranked 301-350th in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for 2018 - compared to the University of Cambridge's 2nd.

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Topics: Students, UK News, News, University, Cambridge

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Chris Ogden

Chris Ogden is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from the University of East Anglia with degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing before completing his NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Journalism. Chris has previously written for the independent culture magazine The Skinny, among other publications.