Gifted student celebrates first class success

A highly gifted student is celebrating gaining a first class Bachelor of Engineering degree at a Degree and Award Congregation held in the City and County of Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall today (Thursday, July 23).

Natalia WisniewskaNatalia Wisniewska, aged 21 of Warsaw, Poland graduated from the University’s College of Engineering with a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering watched by her proud parents and sister.

Before coming to Swansea to study, Natalia had never visited the UK, but chose course at the University as she wanted to learn about conventional energy systems, in order to improve them with renewable energy aspects later on in her career". 

She said: “I am very interested in sustainable energy but in Poland the emphasis is more on fossil fuels.  I hope that the knowledge I have gained here will be something I can take back to Poland with me. At first I was nervous about studying in another country and was difficult to understand the Welsh accent, but the people here were very welcoming.”

Natalia soon established herself as a top student and was not only nominated for the prestigious Salter’s Graduate Prize but was also was selected to take part in an exchange programme set up between Chemical Engineering at Swansea and Texas A&M in the USA.

However, it wasn’t all work for Natalia as she threw herself into University life by joining the swimming, dance and canoeing societies. She said: “One of my fondest memories of my time here is when I was kayaking in the Gower as the sun was setting.  It was the most beautiful sight and one I will remember always.”

Now Natalia is building on her interest in renewable energy and is to go to Imperial College London to do a Master’s degree in Sustainable Energy Futures.

Dr Darren Oatley- Radcliffe, Natalia’s personal tutor said: “Natalia has a great attitude to her studies and is a very gifted student, which is reflected in her excellent degree results.  I wish her all the very best for the future and have no doubt that she will make an excellent engineer.”