Stepan was my student in his first and second year at UCL, attending the courses ‘Introduction to Politics’ and ‘Politics and Society in Central and Eastern Europe’. Throughout this time, I found him to be a very hard-working student who actively participated in class discussions and submitted excellent coursework. Moreover, he displayed very good analytical and critical thinking skills in his formative assessments. In fact, he was the only one in his year to receive a ‘First’ in the BA Politics and East European Studies. Stepan was very polite, always punctual and never missed a tutorial without a valid reason. He also took great care of encouraging other students to voice their opinions and helped them understand complex ideas in team-working exercises. Overall, I can highly recommend him for a position as a tutor.