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Anglia Ruskin graduate wins £61K payout over ‘Mickey Mouse’ degree after suing university

A graduate from Anglia Ruskin (ARU) has won a £61K payout from the university after claiming her first-class degree hasn't got her a job.

Pok Wong, 30, graduated from ARU with a degree in International Business Strategy Management in 2013 – but sued the university after complaining it 'fraudulently misrepresented' the course.

Ms Wong, who claimed her degree was a "Mickey Mouse degree", felt claims in the university's prospectus that it was a 'renowned centre of excellence' that offered a 'high quality of teaching' were untrue.

Anglia Ruskin University, which is based in Cambridge, strongly disputed the allegations but has now agreed to pay her a £15,000 out-of-court settlement plus £46,000 towards her legal fees.

Ms Wong, who is now based in Hong Kong, had been looking for £60,000 in damages plus her legal fees.

Pok Wong (Image: Facebook)

She told The Sunday Telegraph: "The payout means this is a victory for me, despite the university strenuously fighting my case and denying any responsibility."

She added: "In light of this settlement I think universities should be careful about what they say in prospectuses.

"I think they often make promises which they know will never materialise or are simply not true."

In an interview last year, she said: "Although I graduated with a first-class degree in 2013, it is a Mickey Mouse degree."

An ARU spokesman told Cambridgeshire Live last year: "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.

"Her complaints have been through the full Office of the Independent Read More – Source