History

The Congress of Polish Student Societies in the United Kingdom is the largest annual initiative uniting Polish students in the UK. The event principally aims to bring together Polish students to discuss current matters pertinent to Polish politics, business, economics, culture and education. The Congress is however equally known for its social dimension of networking and serving as a forum for exchanging experiences and ideas for the future development of Polish student societies in the UK. The principle at the heart of our work – to forge the leaders of tomorrow and promote Polish culture – makes the Congress a unique cultural experience for both Polish and foreign guests.

Since its launch in 2007, the annual Congress has in turn been hosted by students at the universities of Oxford (2008, 2014), London (2009), Glasgow (2010), Cambridge (2011), Edinburgh (2012), Warwick (2013), Oxford (2014), Manchaster and Lancaster (2015), Leicester (2016). The Congress has been organised under the indispensable patronage of institutions such as the Office of the President of Poland, the European Commission, and the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2017, it is going to be held in Cambridge. 

Oxford 2007 (1)

Prestigious speakers

Radosław Sikorski

Radosław Sikorski. He was Marshal of the Polish Sejm and Minister of Foreign Affairs in Donald Tusk's cabinet between 2007 and 2014. Previously, he served as Deputy Minister of National Defence (1992) in Jan Olszewski's cabinet, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (1998– 2001) in Jerzy Buzek's cabinet and Minister of National Defence (2005–2007) in Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz's and Jarosław Kaczyński's cabinets.

Danuta Hübner

Danuta Hübner. European Commissioner for Regional Policy from 2004 until 2009, currently a Member of European Parliament for the Civic Platform. In 2012, Professor Hübner became a member of the International Honorary Council of the European Academy of Diplomacy.

Aleksander Kwaśniewski

Aleksander Kwaśniewski. President of the Republic of Poland between 1995 and 2005. He signed the accession treaty with NATO and championed joining the European Union. Currently chairman of the Yalta European Strategy - an organisation dedicated to integrating Ukraine with the European Union.

Zbigniew Pełczyński

Zbigniew Pełczyński. The initiator of the Congress, emeritus fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford, where he taught politics from 1957 to 1992 (his former students include US President Bill Clinton and Radosław Sikorski). He has been instrumental in providing opportunities for qualified scholars from Poland and other post-communist countries to study at British universities, especially the ones in Oxford and Cambridge.