Graduate Receives £61,000 Settlement Over 'Mickey Mouse Degree' Claim
Pok Wong sued the university for 'false advertising' and made a series of claims against the institution...
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A graduate who sued her university over her ‘Mickey Mouse degree’ has received a £61,000 out-of-court settlement.
Pok Wong achieved a first in International Business Strategy from Anglia Ruskin University in 2013, however subsequently sued the institution for false advertising, disputing their claim to offer ‘high-quality’ teaching, reports the [*Guardian*].
Ms Wong has warned universities to be 'careful' regarding what they say in prospectuses, claiming there was a shortage of teachers, resources were reused in various classes, business rules and concepts were poorly explained in un-stimulating lectures and that contact time was suddenly cut mid-course.
She told the *Guardian*: “I raised my complaints with the university but they didn’t do anything, they said I was the only student who complained so perhaps that was my own issue.
“I had no way to complain, but there were a lot of students who were not happy.” She went on to say that she felt a number of UK universities are being run like businesses rather than educational institutes and that Anglia Ruskin was ‘focused on its own commercial interests rather than those of the students’.
She added: “I want to encourage other people to follow suit. This was not for the £61,000 - if you have followed me from the beginning you’ll have seen that I spent much more money and time on this than that.”
Despite the settlement, Anglia Ruskin maintains the case doesn’t prove the university was at fault.
A spokesman said: “Ms Wong’s longstanding litigation has been settled at the instruction of our insurers to draw a line under these matters and to prevent a further escalation of their legal costs.
“The claims were wholly without merit and resulted in cost orders made against Ms Wong by the Central London county court on two occasions.”
Last year, the county court of Central London did rule in the university’s favour, ordering Wong to pay £13,700 of Anglia Ruskin’s legal costs.
However, the university’s insurers then contacted her, offering to settle the £15,000 claim and cover her legal costs - although Anglia Ruskin were clear that the institution did not support this decision.
Wong said that the payout represented a ‘proven victory’ but that it was no cause for celebration. “I didn’t want to settle the case, I wanted to take it to the courts so it would set a precedent,” she said.