University sued for ‘Mickey Mouse’ degree as students are encouraged to bring ‘other life skills’ by employers

A former student is taking legal action against her university claiming she was left with little more than a “Mickey Mouse” degree.

Pok Wong is suing Anglia Ruskin University for £60,000 claiming the degree has not furthered her career despite graduating with a first in 2013.

Similar court cases have always ruled in favour of the University in the past but with expensive tuition fees it’s no surprise that student’s may expect their degree to gain them entry to their chosen field.

Anglia Ruskin University Image Credit: Mohammed Tawsif Salam


There are clear advantages for most who take part in further education. A 2016 Government report showed that graduates had a higher employment rate of 88% compared to the 70.4% of non-graduates. University leavers also see higher income, earning on average £9,500 more annually than those without a degree.

Gerry Mcphail, 29  is studying an MsC in Brewing and Distilling at Heriot Watt University and will be graduating in the summer.

He said, “I’ve not got a job yet but I don’t think it’ll be too hard getting one, the course has a pretty good employment rate.

“It might be trickier for me, due to my partners job I’m pretty much stuck in Glasgow or Edinburgh whereas others on the course are applying all over the world. It’s a pretty well recognised course internationally so that’s the route a lot of students go.

“I should be fine though, this is my second degree so I’d  hope I can get a job with two masters degrees.”

Lewis Mcdonald, 22, is at Glasgow Caledonian studying a BA (Hons) in Media and communication and will also be finishing his studies in the coming months.He said;

“I don’t have a job lined up, but mostly because I haven’t looked. With my dissertation and work outside of Uni i haven’t spent much time focusing on getting a job with my degree.

“I do think the degree was worth it  but more so for just having a degree than it being this specific degree. I suppose i’ll be able to answer that better in a few years.”

With the amount of graduates entering the workplace year on year, most companies look for more than just a qualification when interviewing.

JP Morgan Office, Dublin, Image Credit: Eric Jones


Adele Gibson is a Senior Associate at JP Morgan who works in graduate recruitment.

She said, “We always look at applicant’s extra-curricular activities while at university alongside their academic qualifications.

“While we do obviously look for people with good degrees from top universities, we have found that candidates with other life skills can often outperform someone who perhaps has a first but no real life experience.

“We also aim for diversity in our recruitment process, having people from lots of different walks of life helps us look at projects from many different perspectives.” 

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