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.

Seven ways I celebrated my birthday in the UK

by Chevening Scholars, Class of 2018

When you consider that Chevening Scholarships are for a one year’s taught master’s degree, it’s no surprise that most scholars will celebrate a birthday whilst here in the UK. Almost 12 months after they arrived in the UK, we asked scholars to share how they celebrated being a year older, and hopefully, a year wiser. […]

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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

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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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