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.

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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Chevening Scholars break volunteering record

Gardening, teaching, helping animals… Altruistic scholars’ volunteering efforts were recognised and celebrated at our annual volunteering awards ceremony at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. At the start of Chevening’s 35th anniversary year, all scholars were set the challenge of completing 35 hours of volunteering during the year, and 56 scholars completed this challenge. But this […]

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UK Government leads global call to protect journalists

The Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced a new Chevening fellowship programme. The Chevening Africa Freedom Fellowship will allow 60 exceptional media professionals from across Africa to develop their knowledge, skills and networks. This year, applicants from ten African countries are eligible as part of a global effort to improve safety in journalism and promote […]

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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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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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Media freedom: an international approach

by Berna Namata, Chevening Alumna

Berna Namata has been a business journalist for more than six years, primarily in Rwanda. She spent a year in London as a Chevening Scholar before returning to Rwanda in 2017, where she currently works for the Nation Media Group’s popular regional weekly newspaper, The East African. After six years’ experience as a print journalist, I […]

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Five interesting things I learnt about cricket on a trip to Lord’s

by Brian Osweta Otieno, Social Media Ambassador

1. The Ashes urn is the most valuable item at the Lord’s cricket museum Did you know that the Ashes Urn usually on display at the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Museum at Lord’s cricket ground in London, is one of the most valuable items of cricket memorabilia? The ashes are insured for a seven-figure sum […]

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Chevening Talks: An event that inspired me to lead change

by Beatriz Buarque, Chevening Alumna

Beatriz Buarque is a Brazilian journalist and founder of ‘Words Heal the World’, a project that empowers young people around the world to tackle extremism and challenge hate. She completed her MA in International Relations and Security at the University of Westminster in 2017 on a Chevening Scholarship. If I could describe Chevening using just […]

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