Robert Leo Tucker

VP Barts and The London


Tell us a bit about your journey here at Queen Mary so far?

To study at Barts & The London, Queen Mary university was my aspiration choice to study medicine. I never thought I’d get in and get good enough grades, but was so happy to start studying here. I’ve now done my first three years of my degree and have another three more to do! From starting in my first year, I had gotten involved in the students’ union, and had planned to run for this position at some point during my years at university, and this year built up the courage to apply.


Favourite spot on any of our campuses?

The Griff Inn, sitting in one of the booths there with friends. Not just for the delicious food, but the music and all the friendly faces in there!


What would be the first thing you'd recommend to first years to try out?

When you’ve got to study, do it somewhere fun. Try out everywhere on campus to find a spot you like, go to cafes nearby, try the British library perhaps, or maybe find a roof terrace to bring your laptop up to.


What’s your go-to order for Drapers or The Griff?

Southern fried chicken burger and a soya late (not normally at the same time, unless I just came from a tough lecture!)


What’s your favourite non-campus place in East London?

Hackney city farm – growing up in the countryside makes this place feel a bit like home.


If you could tell the incoming students one piece of advice, what would it be?

Take university as a time to explore and widen your horizons. Pick up a new sport to have fun and join societies that interest you to make new friends.


As one of the new Executive Officer positions, how are you going to interact with the schools in your faculty to improve the experience for students?

The importance of this role, is that I get invited to many of the university’s own meetings to stand up for students interests and ideas, and a good way to interact with students on these is at SSLCs (staff student liaison committee meetings) to get course reps opinions and feedback.


What is your ideal day out in London?

Firstly, an ideal day starts with a lie-in so this day starts at mid-day with brunch and a coffee, then a wander round a market, stroll along a canal, walk through a park (to see cute dogs mostly) and ending in a plant shop.


If you could be on holiday anywhere right now, where would you be?

I’d need to be somewhere warm like a Greek island, lying on a beach doing absolutely nothing but drinking fresh lemonade and eating ice creams.


What movie character best represents you?

I’d like to say I’m a spiderman or a Captain Jack Sparrow, but really I have none of their qualities… I’m loyal like Chewbacca though.


What’s your useless/hidden talent?

I’m good at sewing, so I can fix clothes that break or add custom details to jackets (this came from being tall and having to alter trousers as none ever fit me!)