Pok Wong, 29, is suing Anglia Ruskin University for £60,000 over her degree Despite getting a first she has launched campaign against teaching qualityClaims prospectus made fraudulently misleading claims about job prospects By Dianne Apen-sadler For Mailonline Published: 05:06...
- Pok Wong, 29, is suing Anglia Ruskin University for £60,000 over her degree
- Despite getting a first she has launched campaign against teaching quality
- Claims prospectus made fraudulently misleading claims about job prospects
A graduate is suing her university for £60,000 over her ‘Mickey Mouse’ degree in international business strategy.
Pok Wong, 29, claims that Anglia Ruskin University made fraudulently misleading claims in its prospectus about high-quality teaching and career prospects.
She is seeking damages for a breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation, according to the Telegraph.
Ms Wong also claimed on Facebook that she was ‘forcibly removed’ from the stage during her graduation day for protesting about the quality of her course.
Her legal action is part of a growing trend by students seeing themselves as ‘customers’ who demand certain expectations are met, particularly after the rise in tuition fees.
Pok Wong is suing Anglia Ruskin University for £60,000 in damages for a breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation. She also claims she was ‘forcibly removed’ from the stage during her graduation day (pictured) for protesting about the quality of her course
The case is reminiscent of Faiz Siddiqui, an Oxford graduate who tried to sue his university for £1million in compensation after claiming bad teaching cost him a top degree.
Mr Siddiqui, 39, had his case thrown out after a High Court judge ruled the teaching was of a ‘perfectly adequate standard’.
Ms Wong said in documents lodged before London County Court: ‘Since graduating … it has been proven that the degree … does not play a role to help secure a rewarding job with prospects’.
She added that the prospectus claims about employment prospects and education quality encouraged her to move from Hong Kong to Cambridge to study.
The £60,000 she is asking for includes her tuition fees and living costs during the two-year course.
Ms Wong told the Sunday Telegraph: ‘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 didn’t deliver.’
The 29-year-old is asking for £60,000 to cover her tuition fees and living costs. She claims she ended up with a ‘Mickey Mouse degree’ in international business strategy
She claims that the prospectus fraudulently claimed the business school was a ‘renowned centre of excellence’ and students would be ‘well equipped’ for jobs – despite it ranking poorly in four university guides between 2010-11.
Lawyers for the university have said the prospectus did not form a ‘real’ contract with students and so tuition fees should not be refunded.
They also added that Ms Wong may have struggled to get work because she spent ‘time and energy’ on a campaign discrediting the university.
A spokesperson for the university said: ‘Her complaints have been through the full Office of the Independent Adjudicator [the body that deals with student complaints] 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.’
Last year six universities were told to take down certain marketing claims by the Advertising Standards Authority.
One of the universities, the University of Leicester, was told to stop claiming it was a ‘top 1% world university’.
Although they claimed it was based on its ranking in several different world league tables, the university complied with the decision and removed the claim from its prospectus and website.
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