Polish PhD student Radek

Radek Polkowski

Poland

Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?

I wanted to do a PhD and there was an announcement for a particular project, funded by the EU, within research here and it turned out to be what I wanted to do. 

What do you think about the University?

I think it's modern, in terms of research. I think it's very progressive, very critical. It's also a good University to have an international experience at. What I love about this University is all the supporting services, especially IT – they always go an extra mile to make things smoother for you.

What are the differences between studying in Poland and studying in the UK?

Here, the University teaches you more critical thinking and creativity, so in exams you'll be faced with a problem and you'll have to use what you've learned to creatively connect and respond, rather than just answering with something you've memorised.

What do you think about Glasgow?

It's a nice city. You can fall in love with it after a while of being here. There's a particular kind of atmosphere and it's very diverse. It's not just multi-cultural, but also diverse in just the people, in all different ways. It's nice when the sun is out too, you see it differently.

What's it like to live in the city?

It's really convenient to get anywhere. Generally, in Glasgow, most things are within walking distance and the people are welcoming. The problem, of course, is maybe understanding the accent though! But it's also interesting. Glasgow is so close to Edinburgh too, it's less than an hour away, so it's more like one city, it's so easy to commute.

What would you say to any international students thinking about coming to study here?

Definitely choose the University of Strathclyde. From my experience, it's a good University to study at. Also use the opportunities the Uni gives you, use the contacts, get some helpful knowledge from the staff here, the staff are brilliant. Just come here and take all the opportunities the Uni gives you, as long as it lasts.