Why do people do it? One look at a cv that claims a degree over a decade ago from an ‘annexe’ of ‘Sussex’ raised concerns. Why does someone ostensibly with professional qualifications and some English O-levels gain an MSc and not think it necessary to give intervening evidence? A quick check with Sussex Uni, England finds that they know of no such annexe. ‘Brantridge’ does, however, feature in the US Bear’s Guide which has a most useful chapter on diploma mills. A US Masters degree and a UK MSc are, of course, somewhat different in character so even if the claimed degree is real, changing its title is misleading. How much better it would have been to be a highly able professional – albeit without a degree. People who can do jobs at an advanced level are highly valued and only the dimmest of recruitment agents uses a degree as the sole filter for professional positions.
Posted by: Gillian | May 9, 2008