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Graduate sues university for £60,000 over ‘Mickey Mouse’ business degree

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Graduate sues university for £60,000 over ‘Mickey Mouse’ business degree
Pok Wong, 29, is not happy with her degree (Picture: Facebook)

A graduate wants her £60,000 back from her old university after accusing them of running a course she branded as ‘Mickey Mouse’.

Pok Wong, 29, struggled to get work when she left Anglia Ruskin University, in Cambridge, and she thinks the institution is to blame.

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She accused it of misleading students about how good the teaching for its international business strategy degree was.

‘Although I graduated with a First Class degree in 2013, it is a Mickey Mouse degree,’ she told the Sunday Telegraph.

‘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.’

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Graduate sues university for £60,000 over ‘Mickey Mouse’ business degree
Pok Wong wants £60,000 from the university (Picture: Facebook)

The £60,000 she wants for fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of contract covers living costs and tuition fees over the two years she studied.

She has taken legal action at London County Court, with her documents detailing her complaints that include the degree not playing ‘a role to help secure a rewarding job with prospects’

Ms Wong, from Hong Kong, accused the university of making lofty claims in its prospectus despite not being ranked highly in four higher education guides.

But the institution has refused to give her a refund and dismissed the idea a prospectus was a contract.

An Anglia Ruskin University spokesperson 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.’

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It added Ms Wong may have got work quicker if she concentrated on finding a job rather than going after it.

She added she had been ‘forcibly removed’ from the graduation stage because of her protests.

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