Joint Farewell 2023

We hope you are ready for one of the biggest Chevening events of the year! Keep reading for the event programme and key reminders for the day.

Join us on 4 July at Alexandra Palace to celebrate the closing of your time in the UK. You may be returning home soon, but remember: You’re a scholar for a year, but you’re a Chevener for life.

Date: Tuesday 4 July 2023.

Time: Registration begins at 12:30pm and the event finishes at 5pm.

Location: Alexandra Palace, London N22 7AY.

Share your photos and videos from the day on social media, tagging @cheveningfcdo and using the hashtag #Farewell2023.

Event programme

Timing Session
12:30 – 13:25 Scholar arrival and registration
13:30 – 13:35 Welcome

Miranda Thomas – Director, Programmes & Business Development, ACU 

13:35 – 13:40 Opening address (video)

James Cleverly MP – Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs

13:40 -14:10 Becoming an Alum with panel

Alicia Herbert – Director of Education, Gender and Equalities Directorate

14:10 – 14:25 Recognition of scholar achievements

Robin Mason, Chair of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission

John Raine, Chair of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission

Nikki Stoddart, Head of Scholarships, Tertiary Education and Partnerships at the FCDO

14:25 – 14:30 Special message (video)

Surprise special guest

14:30 – 15:00 Keynote

Anulika Ajufo – Marshall Commissioner

15:00 – 15:05 Closing remarks

Naomi Rayner – Head of the Scholarships Unit, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

15:05 – 17:00 Networking Reception

Key reminders

  • Please do not bring guests or dependants, as they will not be permitted entry.
  • A photographer and videographer will be present to document the day – please make yourselves known to them if you wish not to be photographed or videoed.
  • Cloakroom space will be limited, so please avoid bringing big bags.
  • There is no step free access at Alexandra Palace train station, so if you have accessibility requirements you will need to change at Finsbury Park and get a bus to the venue.

And lastly, please dress colourfully! We hope you are looking forward to a fun afternoon recognising your achievements throughout the year.