UK Graduate Sues University for ‘Fraudulently Misleading Claims About Job Prospects’

An international graduate is taking her university to court for £60,000 after claiming her “Mickey Mouse” degree has not helped her career, despite graduating with first-class honours, the Telegraph reported.

29-year-old Pok Wong alleged that Anglia Ruskin University failed to deliver with her International Business Strategy course, and accused the university of a breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation, listing a lecturer turning up late and students being told to “self-study” among her complaints.

The degree “does not play a role to help secure a rewarding job with prospects”, she claimed, 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”.

Wong told the Telegraph:

“The prospectus convinced me that the university is really impressive…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.”

The Indpendent reached out to Anglia Ruskin University for comment, a spokesperson replied:

“We are well aware of the claims made by this former student and we are robustly defending the current litigation.

Despite being awarded a First Class degree she attempted to disrupt her own graduation ceremony in 2013 as part of her dispute with the university, an action which would have damaged the experience for many other graduating students. The student was asked to leave the stage and sat in a room adjacent to it. She was free to leave at any time and got up and left, of her own accord, once the ceremony was over.

According to Pok Wong, she was actually locked in the room.

Her complaints have been through the full Office of the Independent Adjudicator process. She then made a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office which was rejected after a thorough investigation. Subsequently she has launched legal action against us and has been required to pay our costs at an earlier hearing.

As this case is before the court we will not be saying anything further at this stage.”

What do you guys think about this? I’m somewhat sympathetic towards her as I’ve definitely felt unsatisfied with my degree at certain times. In fact, I wrote about it to the head of the course, expressing my dismay at how ill-equipped we are for the jobs that we will be applying for in less than a year. I do love my degree and everything I’m learning, but could definitely be improved.

Nora Ralph

Student, worker, and Co-Founder of the #Killstream. You can also catch me on TheRalphretort Rundown.