News and blogs

The Chevening community extends to all corners of the globe. Here is the latest news on what is going on in the Chevening network, and blogs from members of our community.

UK events in August

London and the South East Notting Hill Carnival, London, 25 – 26 August Make your way to one of the world’s largest street carnivals and enjoy the annual celebration of Caribbean heritage on the streets of Notting Hill in London. There will be costume-clad dancers grooving to a range of traditional music, and street vendors […]

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Balloons in Bristol

Farewell to Chevening

by Ben Coates, Head of Scholarships, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

I wrote a blog for the Foreign Office recently on Chevening where I said that Farewell is a time of mixed feelings. It’s such a fun event: getting to see you all in one place again, hearing how your year has been going, and what you have been up to. But it’s also a bit […]

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All the reasons why the UK is the place to be in 2020/2021

by Programme team – international, Chevening Secretariat

Studying in the UK is an exciting and attractive prospect at any time, but doing so in 2020/2021 promises to be even more memorable than usual. There are events taking place all throughout the academic year, and you could be a part of the action and a part of history.

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Bristol Balloon International Fiesta, Clifton

The time I played drums on stage at a festival with the Killers

by John Brenes Rodríguez, Chevening Scholar

I started playing the drums when I was nine years old; since that moment my life has been linked to a pair of drumsticks and a set of headphones. Any rock lover knows that the UK is synonymous with music. Therefore, during this year, I’ve been attending several incredible gigs, from new artists in Shoreditch bars to […]

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UK events: July 2019

by Programme team – UK, Chevening Secretariat

London and South East London Pride Parade, 6 July – London Celebration, diversity, activism, a demonstration — whatever it means to you, Pride in London is back and set to be the biggest yet. Over a million people attended pride in London 2018, marching, dancing and laughing to campaign for the freedoms that will allow […]

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Six divine places of worship I’ve visited

by Chevening Scholars, Class of 2018

It is estimated that there are over 30,000 registered places of worship in the UK from historic churches, mosques, and temples to smaller independent locales. Although its purpose has never been confirmed, it is widely believed that Stonehenge in south west England is the oldest existing place of worship in the UK, and we can […]

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Scholar blog - divine places of worship

Protecting wildlife in the Andes

by Marcelo Mazzolli, Chevening Alumnus

Marcelo Mazzolli (Brazil, 1999) is a wildlife scientist specialising in the ecology of large felids (cats). Since completing his Chevening Award at the University of Durham, he’s worked as a researcher and consultant in some of the most beautiful and remote places in the world. Starting out – Projeto Puma I have always been fascinated […]

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Six things I’ve baked since being here

by Chevening Scholars, Class of 2018

The UK baking market is currently worth circa £3.6 billion and makes up one of the largest markets in the food industry. As expected, a large proportion of this comes from bread however, the popularity of British baking staples such as scones, cakes, shortbread, and tarts is growing day by day. Thanks in part to […]

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Scholar blog - things I've baked since being here

What I learned about British politics from a tour of the Houses of Parliament

by Gabriel Torgbor-Ashong, Social Media Ambassador

Chevening’s Best of British Presents: Westminster was an event I definitely was not going to miss. Having a strong quest to become a political leader later in life, I knew it would provide relevant insights into and lessons about effective leadership. The event started with a tour within the Westminster Palace, from the central Lobby, […]

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60 seconds with Laurence Bette from the records team

by Programme team – UK, Chevening Secretariat

Chevening: Hi Laurence! Can you introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about what the records team at Chevening does? My name is Laurence Bette and I am the Senior Records Officer for the international scholarships at the ACU, which also includes Chevening Scholarships.  I have been looking after the Chevening student records since […]

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