A graduate of Anglia Ruskin University is taking the institution to court after claiming her time studying at the University left her with little more than a ‘Mickey Mouse’ degree, that has ostensibly not helped her career. Pok Wong is suing the University for more than £60,000. She revealed to The Sunday Telegraph several concerns regarding her University degree, which she hopes to now settle in court. There is an overall argument revolving around whether or not students are also customers of a University. Read on for the full story.
Wong, who is now 29 years old, stated she moved from Hong Kong to the United Kingdom to study at the Lord Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Ruskin University – having been persuaded by the prospectus. She arrived at the University in 2011, and graduated in 2013. However, she refers to this achievement as a ‘Mickey Mouse Degree’. She is alleging a breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation, and is suing the University for just over £60,000 as a result.
Among her complaints are a lecturer turning up late and students being urged to ‘self-study’. She suggests that the claims the University made about a ‘quality education and prospect of employment after graduation’ were fraudulent. At her Graduation ceremony, she claims he was ‘locked’ in a room, which she claims is tantamount to false imprisonment. She stated that the University ‘talked well’, but ultimately ‘didn’t deliver’. The £60,000 she is seeking relates to the cost of tuition fees and living costs.
The University responded to Wong’s claims by stating that the former student ‘attempted to disrupt’ her graduation ceremony – in an act that they suggested would have ‘damaged’ the experience for many other students. They didn’t offer too many comments regarding the court case – as is standard procedure. This case could set an interesting precedent on the impact of University marketing materials. It is a similar case to that of Oxford University graduate Faiz Siddiqui, who unsuccessfully sued his University over a poor standard of teaching.
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It will be interesting to see what happens in this case. It is understandable that after a student spends thousands of pounds on tuition fees and other related costs, that they want to get their money’s worth. If Wong thinks the University’s ‘fraudulent’ claims have cost her, then she has every right to sue. Whether or not the court will agree is another matter. This is the latest story in the argument revolving around whether or not students are customers at their University. The court case will take place soon.