Margarita Petkova Graduation- Saturday 1st July

Graduation celebrations for ‘UK Young Ambassador’ Margarita


Graduating today (Saturday 1 July) from Queen’s is Bulgarian student, Margarita Petkova, who will receive a BA (Hons) Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics.

Originally from Bulgaria, Margarita’s student journey started in London when she enrolled in an Events Management course at the University of Greenwich.

During her time in London she volunteered as the Events Coordinator for a non-profit organisation, which engages young people in politics, called MyLifeMySay. It was whilst working for MyLifeMySay that Margarita became more interested in politics, and this then instigated her move to Northern Ireland to study for a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Queen’s.

She has been actively involved in the student community, as a member of numerous societies such as Model UN, the debating society and part of the founding committee of Queen's Economics Society. She also interned at the Enterprise and Volunteering department of the Queen’s Students’ Union, assisting with the recruitment of volunteers, managing various community volunteering initiatives and student training sessions.

In March 2016 Margarita became the first non-UK citizen to be appointed Northern Ireland ‘UK Young Ambassador’ as part of the European Commission’s Structured Dialogue initiative. She represented young people in the UK to ensure their voices were heard in international decision-making through effective and inclusive representation.

Speaking about her university experience, Margarita said: “Queen’s not only exceeded my expectations as a high-quality university but it also provided me with opportunities to travel worldwide. From day one I got involved with a number of clubs and societies, went to every single careers fair and applied to any opportunity that caught my eye, and it paid off.

“I made friends with some incredible people from Northern Ireland and across the globe, travelled across Europe and Asia, learnt new languages and developed new skills. I wouldn’t trade my experience at Queen’s for anything.”

After graduation, Margarita will be travelling to China as part of the Study-China Programme and on her return she hopes to pursue her goal of establishing a company specialising in experiential marketing and bespoke events organising in Northern Ireland.

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