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.

Blowing out the candles on our 35th birthday

We celebrated being a little bit older and wiser at our annual Farewell event for departing Chevening Scholars at Alexandra Palace last week. 1,800 scholars from 111 countries around the world travelled to north London to celebrate our 35th anniversary. Scholars have spent the year studying, exploring and experiencing life in the UK as part of the programme.

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Media freedom comes under the spotlight at Chevening Conference

Scholars were urged to aid the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s media freedom campaign at the sixth annual Chevening Conference hosted at the University of Manchester on Friday, 12 April. 2018 was the deadliest year on record for journalists worldwide. Alastair King-Smith, Deputy Director of the Multilateral Policy Directorate at the FCO, encouraged scholars to help […]

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Photography exhibition celebrates UK’s history of educating global changemakers

Global leaders who are determined to overcome humanity’s most pressing problems are featured in a photography exhibition opening in London’s Noho Showrooms on 14 March. The exhibition, called Changemakers: 35 visions of global leadership, will feature 35 specially-commissioned portraits of UK-educated leaders taken by photographers from all over the world. The images, accompanied by reflections […]

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Scholars devise strategy for promotion of freedom of religion or belief

At a stimulating three-day forum, hosted by Wilton Park, Chevening Scholars joined forces with academics, campaigners, and Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) staff to brainstorm key issues relating to Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB). The aim of the forum, which took place from 5-7 December in the inspiring historical surroundings of Wiston House, was […]

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Global Alumni network hits 50,000 at Farewell

Chevening marked a special moment in its history at the 2018 Farewell event as the global network of Chevening Alumni reached 50,000. 1,649 departing Chevening Scholars came together to celebrate a year as part of the programme on Wednesday, 4 July at London’s iconic Alexandra Palace. Although Farewell 2018 marks the end of the year for […]

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Scholar volunteers break Chevening records

Chevening Scholars contributed 5,000 hours of volunteering to communities and causes across the UK in 2017/2018, sailing past last year’s total of 3,000 hours. More than 200 scholars from 61 universities contributed to this total, giving their time to over 300 organisations around the country. The total represents a 66% increase on the hours contributed […]

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Scholar organises Chevening’s first ever LGBT event

Chevening’s first ever LGBT-themed event saw scholars learn about the story of London’s LGBT community through an historical walking tour of the city, organised by LSE scholar John Shen. The event was organised as part of Chevening’s scholar events competition, which gives scholars a chance to pitch to organise an event for their fellow scholars. […]

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