Do I have to come?
Yes! This is a mandatory event. Non-attendance will only be granted in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Secretariat. If you are unable to attend, please let your programme officer know by Friday 12 October 2018, 17:00 BST.
Can I bring anybody else?
You are not permitted to bring other people to Chevening events. This includes spouses, family, children, friends and other students at your university. If they arrive at the venue, they will unfortunately be asked to leave.
What is the dress code?
Smart casual (or your national dress if you would like). Please keep in mind that this will be a long day and we do want you to be comfortable.
Can I bring luggage to the event?
If you are travelling to the venue from afar and have luggage, there will be a cloakroom available to store luggage at the ExCel, however space is limited. We suggest you look in to leaving large items of luggage at the station as there are drop off points at all major London stations and you will not have to carry it throughout the day.
Will I be reimbursed for the cost of travelling to Orientation?
There will be no travel or accommodation reimbursement from the Secretariat for this event. You will are expected to use your travel top allowance to pay for your travel to Orientation.
Will lunch be provided?
Yes, a light sandwich lunch will be provided. If you have any dietary requirements, please send this information to your programme officer by Thursday, 4 October 17:00 BST 2018 at the latest so we can ensure you are catered for on the day.
Can the venue be accessed by wheelchair?
Yes, the venue is wheelchair accessible.
Can I leave early?
We would prefer that you stay for the duration of the programme as important information will be passed across throughout the day. If you do have to leave early, please inform your programme officer beforehand.
Do I need to purchase tickets for orientation?
No. This is not a ticketed event.
Do I need to register before arriving at the venue?
Attendance at Orientation is mandatory. Registration will happen on the day, at the venue, and you must bring your Chevening ID card with you. Your Chevening ID card will be given to you by your programme officer when they visit you at your university. If you do not have it, please do not worry – you will be able to collect it on the day.
Will there be an opportunity to speak to my programme officer?
Yes. There will be a short period of time to meet your programme officer and network with fellow scholars.
Can I take photographs at the event?
Yes you are permitted to take photos at the event. Please be aware of other scholars when taking photographs and ask permission if you wish to post them online.
Is there a prayer room at the ExCeL?
Yes, there is a prayer room at the ExCeL.
The prayer room can be accessed through the grey door next to the S9 entrance on the boulevard.