Seven Questions with Anton Gromoczki
10 January 2019
Anton is in the final year of his Bachelor's degree. One of the highlights of his time at UCL has been a Laidlaw Scholarship, which allowed him to get involved in research on Brexit and make a trip to Brussels where he got to speak with senior EU experts and policy-makers.
What are you studying, why are you interested in this subject and what do you plan to do in the future?
I am in my final year of a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the Department of Political Science. As a citizen I am naturally interested in social and political problems. The key ones such as climate change or development are incredibly complex; it seems to me that to solve any of the great challenges we must draw from various fields of knowledge. This gives me great faith in the value of multidisciplinary courses, and PPE in particular.
During my studies I got increasingly fascinated by the digital transformation of our societies, mainly thanks to the Department's Q-step programme. Whatever future holds, it will be more data-oriented and in my career I am hoping to keep up with its pace.
What is the most interesting thing you’ve done, seen or got involved with while at UCL?
It's difficult to pick just one but if I had to, I'd say the Laidlaw Scholarship. I got exposed to real research on Brexit at the UCL European Institute very early into my undergraduate studies. The obvious highlight would be a trip to Brussels in which I got to co-interview senior EU experts and policy-makers. I was fascinated by the number of senior people willing to speak with researchers, share their knowledge and help academia. I've only recently returned from a Laidlaw Conference in St. Andrews where I met fantastic scholars from other universities.
Have you discovered any hidden gems during your time at UCL?
Medawar Gardens, it's a fantastic retreat right in the heart of what usually is a very busy campus.
Give us your top three things to do/see/go to in London:
I love the Royal Opera House and its lovely student offers. Brick Lane on Saturday noon. Skygarden has to be high on the list too.
If you were Provost for the day what one thing would you do?
Divesting from fossil fuels.
Who inspires you and why?
Day-to-day, I am most inspired by people I meet daily, my coursemates and flatmates, each of them displaying moments of brilliance.
What would it surprise people to know about you?
Currently, I am on a fifth issue of my student ID card.
The deadline for first year undergraduates to apply for a Laidlaw Scholarship is 20 January. You need to complete the application form and ask a UCL academic to send a reference for you using the online form on the application page.
The 2019 Laidlaw Scholars will be announced in mid-March 2019.