Swansea University student in line for prestigious graduate prize

Third year Chemical Engineering student Natalia Wisniewska is the first female from Swansea University to be nominated for the prestigious Salters’ Graduate Prize.

Natalia WisniewskaThe prize rewards first class honours students entering chemical or related industries on their successful graduation.  It is awarded to up to ten final year undergraduates studying either Chemical Engineering or Chemistry at UK universities.  


Natalia attended an interview at the Salters’ Institute in March and soon after received a letter confirming that she was in line for the £1,000 prize.  She follows Chemical Engineer Daniel Eade who was the first Swansea University student to win the Salters’ Prize last year.


Natalia was nominated for the prize by Dr Chedly Tizaoui, Associate Professor and Portfolio Director of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the College of Engineering. He said: “I am delighted that Natalia has been awarded the Chemical Engineering Salters’ Graduate Prize of this year. Natalia is a top student and has been an excellent Ambassador of Swansea University while she was in the US and in Poland. She fully deserved her award.


“I am also thrilled that Chemical Engineering students at Swansea have won the prestigious Salters’ prize for the second time in two successive years. This is excellent news for Chemical Engineering at Swansea University and a clear reflection of the strong course we run and the quality of our students. Well done.”


Dr Darren Oatley-Radcliffe, Natalia’s Personal Tutor said: “Natalia’s significant potential was realised early on in her academic career and we encouraged her to strive forward and achieve at the highest level. She has a fantastic attitude to learning and this is reflected in her excellent examination achievements to date.

“She was our first student to take part in an exchange programme that we set up between Chemical Engineering at Swansea University and Texas A&M in the USA.  Our colleagues across the water reflected our assessment of her and were very impressed.


“As her personal tutor, I feel she is a very gifted student and I am sure will go on to make an excellent engineer and future leader. The award of the Salters’ prize is a fine reflection of her character, commitment and future potential… she is an exceptionally talented young lady!”


Natalia said: “It was a huge honour to be nominated for such a prestigious award as the Salters' Graduate Prize.  I felt happy that the way I think about the future of chemical engineering is appreciated by experts in that field.

“I went through two challenging interviews, during which I was asked several questions about the strategies, prospects and constraints of the chemical engineering industry. I think innovative thinking is what defined me as a good candidate; I am very passionate about renewables, and I would like to use my knowledge of conventional energy systems in implementing "greener" solutions to the UK energy economy.

“After graduation, I am planning to get a Master’s degree in Sustainable Energy Futures at Imperial College London, and devote my career to boosting the renewable energy sector in the United Kingdom."