The Chevening Relay

Last sighted: Shakespeare's Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon (12/11)

Last sighted: University of Manchester (13/11) see map view

The UK is home to stunning natural landscapes, wonderful architecture, and world-renowned landmarks. Whilst you are on award in the UK, you should travel widely to truly experience all the United Kingdom has to offer. To encourage this, we're launching a revamped Chevening Scholars' Relay for the class of 2018.

The Chevening Scholars' Relay will commence on 20 October where the batons will be launched at Orientation. The relay will finish in July 2019, shortly before the Chevening Farewell event. There are two Scholars' Relay batons, a blue one and a red one. Between now and Farewell 2019, the challenge is threefold:

  • A) Keep both batons safe and constantly moving around the UK, passing them from scholar to scholar
  • B) Post your most creative and fun pictures with the baton on social media using the hashtag #CheveningRelay before promptly passing it on to another scholar
  • C) Collectively attempt to get the batons to the 35 places (+1 bonus place) listed below, providing evidence of it reaching a location on social media using the #CheveningRelay hashtag

A) KEEP BATONS SAFE AND CONSTANTLY MOVING

The batons are the collective responsibility of the entire cohort. It is your duty to keep them safe and moving around the UK, presenting them back to the FCO in July 2019. If you lose a baton, you lose the relay.

If you receive the baton, please be considerate and proactive by moving the baton on to another scholar within 48 hours, or as quickly as you can. There are 1,800 scholars and just two batons to go around the whole of UK before the Farewell event.

The classes of 2015, 2016, and 2017 successfully managed to keep both batons safe, handing them back to the FCO at the end of each year.

Devika and Emmanuel before handing them back to the FCO

B) TAKE CREATIVE AND FUN PICTURES

Chevening Scholars with the red baton in Cardiff

If you receive one of the batons during the course of the year, please take a picture with it, and share it on social media (primarily Instagram/Twitter/Facebook group) using the hashtag #CheveningRelay. In your post on social media, try to explain the story behind the photo. Try to make your photograph as interesting, fun, and creative as you can (without risking anyone's personal safety).

We hope that, at the end of the year, the #CheveningRelay hashtag will document just how far and wide the batons have travelled across the UK simply through your collective efforts to connect with each other as a cohort. 

At the Farewell event, we will choose some of our favourite photos from the year to win prizes.

C) GET THE BATONS TO THE 35 LOCATIONS (+1 BONUS) LISTED BELOW 

The Chevening Relay is a collaborative challenge. In this spirit, we've created a list of 35 places that cover the 12 regions of the UK to mark Chevening’s 35th anniversary. Plus, we’ve included one extra flexible destination with a specific challenge. The batons should keep moving through the course of the year and of course, you can take the batons anywhere in the UK but teams can only win points if their baton is the first one to reach a designated location and they post evidence of this location.

Throughout the year, we'll monitor Instagram, Twitter, and the Facebook group to keep up with the batons' whereabouts and update this page with its travels and points totals so make sure to tag #CheveningRelay in your posts.

Which baton do you think will score more points? Will the class of 2018 set a collective total that future cohorts will find impossible to beat? Final totals will be announced at Farewell.

35 LOCATIONS IN 12 REGIONS

POINTS

East England

Lowestoft Ness (Ness Point)

The Bridge of Sighs, Cambridge

Peterborough Cathedral

 

5

3

1

East Midlands

Normanton Church, Rutland

Melton Mowbray

Sherwood Forest – Robin Hood statue

 

5

3

1

London

Shakespeare mural, London Southbank

One New Change rooftop, London

 

5

3

North East England

Angel of the North

Hadrian’s Wall

Durham Cathedral

 

5

3

1

Northern Ireland

Giant’s Causeway

Mussenden Temple

Titanic, Belfast

 

5

3

1

North West England

Eastgate Clock, Chester

Manchester United stadium

Blackpool Tower

 

5

3

1

Scotland

John o’Groats

Glenfinnan Viaduct

Edinburgh Castle

 

5

3

1

South East England

Seven Sisters, East Sussex

The Bridge of Sighs, Oxford

Brighton Pier

 

5

3

1

South West England

Minack Theatre

Bibury, Cotswolds

Stonehenge

 

5

3

1

Wales

Devil’s Bridge, Llangennith

Snowdonia

Wales Millenium Centre

 

5

3

1

West Midlands

Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon

Shrewsbury Town Square

Birmingham Town Hall

 

5

3

1

Yorkshire & the Humber

Ribblehead Viaduct

Micklegate Bar, York

City Park, Bradford

 

5

3

1

Bonus

Verified Banksy street art; any location

 

10

Red points total

29

Blue points total

24

Total points available
117

Points tallies accurate as at: 13 Nov 2018

FOLLOW THE RELAY

You can track the progress of both the blue and red batons around the UK by using the map. Zoom in and out, and take a look at the photos from each location.

FURTHER INFORMATION

  • There are no 'spare' or 'replacement' Chevening batons. The batons in circulation are to be looked after and safely transferred from scholar to scholar. 
  • The Chevening Scholars' baton should only remain in the possession of Chevening Scholars.
  • If you lose a baton, please inform the Chevening communications team immediately at communications@chevening.org
  • If you are a member of the public and you find a baton, please contact the Chevening communications team at communications@chevening.org, and we will advise you on what to do with it.
  • The scholars' batons should be presented to the Secretariat in June/July 2019 (exact date tbc) in London.
  • Full terms and conditions of the Chevening Scholars' Relay photography competition can be found here.