UCB votes in its first European student president

July 2016

UCB Guild president

The new president of UCB’s Guild of Students says her first priority is to ensure every fresher is made to feel welcome – no matter where they come from.

Kat Sroka, from Wroclaw in Poland, came to UCB five years ago as part of the Erasmus programme and loved it so much she applied for a full-time degree and later a postgraduate degree.

Now Kat is honoured to be championing the interests of every UCB student after being voted in as the first European president of the Guild of Students.

She is especially keen to make contact with European and overseas students who may be nervous about moving to the UK following the outcome of the EU referendum.

UCB has reassured all current students and those joining the University in 2016-17 that nothing has changed. The UK Government has confirmed that “current students and this autumn’s applicants will continue to receive student finance for the duration of their course.”

Kat gained a first class BA (Hons) degree in Sports Therapy at UCB and went on to study the Tourism Destination Management MA, achieving distinction. Her ambition is to combine her passion for sport and business by following in the footsteps of Karren Brady and working in football management.

After experiencing life as both an undergraduate and postgraduate, she is keen to enhance engagement with UCB’s college students.

Kat has set up a freshers’ Facebook group and is urging all home, European and international students to post their questions. She recently replied to a new student from the Cayman Islands, which is basking in 80 degree temperatures, who wanted to know what to wear to touchdown in the UK.

She said: “I’m here to answer every question. I feel like I have got so much from UCB that it’s time for me to give something back. This is a job that leaves a mark, and I’m determined to leave behind something positive.” 

She added: “I never dreamt I could be president of the university I love so much. I can’t imagine my life without UCB now. It’s a great honour to be The Guild student president of UCB.”