Pok Wong, 30, has received an out-of-court settlement worth £61,000 after complaining that Anglia Ruskin University ‘fraudulently misrepresented’ a business course for which she enrolled in 2011. The Daily Mail reports
Ms Wong graduated with a first-class degree in international business strategy in 2013 but 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 has campuses in Chelmsford, Cambridge and London, strongly disputed her allegations but has now agreed to pay her a £15,000 settlement plus £46,000 towards her legal fees.
Ms Wong, who now lives in Hong Kong, told The Sunday Telegraph: ‘In light of this settlement I think universities should be careful about what they say in prospectuses.’
Speaking ahead of the settlement last year, she said: ‘Although I graduated with a first-class degree in 2013, it is a Mickey Mouse degree.’
She argued that it had proved useless in her efforts to secure ‘a rewarding job with prospects’.
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.’
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