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.

Engaging your diaspora community through Chevening

by Alwaleed Abdeen, Chevening Alumnus

Every day, thousands of people around the world leave their countries in search of new opportunities. Some individuals will thrive in the diaspora but this prosperity is not always shared by the community as a whole. The success of diaspora communities largely depends on their systems of support, yet, too often, these support groups are […]

UK events: January 2019

by Programme team – UK, Chevening Secretariat

South East and London London – Burns Night Website Burns Night marks the anniversary of the poet Robert Burns’ birth on 25 January each year. Held throughout the world on Burns Night (or on an evening close to it) a traditional Burns supper is an evening event that celebrates Robert Burns’ life and work. In […]

Fifteen things that make me miss home a little less

by Chevening Scholars - Class of 2018,

It’s the lead up to Christmas – a joyful time in the UK, but also the start of winter with the days getting shorter and the nights longer. As the cold weather sets in, it’s natural to miss home and all of your homely comforts. Not all days in any new country will be easy […]

Scholar blog - things that make me miss home a little less

So much to see! So much to do! So much to learn! in the UK

by Brian Osweta Otieno, Social Media Ambassador

When I was told by a friend that there is so much to see, do and learn in the UK, I never believed him until I finally got to see and experience it for myself. Right from Cardiff, Wales, where my school at Cardiff University is based, to London and Liverpool in England, the past […]

Best of British Presents: Scotland

by Parizad Baria, Social Media Ambassador

In the heart of Edinburgh, amidst its iconic historical structures, statues, and signature hilly backdrops, stands a uniquely modern building. This fine work of architecture is the Scottish Parliament. Commissioned through an international design competition in 1999 and completed in 2004, this building is a manifestation of Scottish identity that reveals abstract expressions of icons […]

Seven of my best Orientation moments

by Chevening Scholars - Class of 2018,

It’s been over a month since Orientation 2018 and no doubt you will now be familiar with Chevening’s annual welcome event having read the official news story and unofficial blog but one voice we’ve been saving is that of our scholars who were officially welcomed to the UK on 20 October 2018 at the ExCel […]

Scholar blog - my best Orientation moments

Promoting female empowerment through feminist lawyers network

by Bárbara Sepúlveda Hales, Chevening Alumna

Bárbara Sepúlveda Hales is a lawyer, public speaker, lecturer, and feminist activist. She holds an LL.M Public Law from the University of Chile and, as a Chevening Scholar, she studied for an MSc Gender Research at London School of Economics and Political Science. Bárbara currently works as a public attorney, focusing her practice primarily on […]

Pursuing research in the face of war

by Rihana Suliman, Chevening British Library fellow, 2018

I read about Chevening British Library Fellowship opportunity within the Endangered Archive Programme (EAP) last year and decided to apply. At the time, I held the post of assistant professor at Damascus University in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistic. Some of my duties were to deliver lectures on the undergraduate schemes of […]

UK events: December 2018

by Programme team – UK, Chevening Secretariat

South East and London London – ice skating at Somerset House Until 13 January 2019 Once again the iconic fountain courtyard at Somerset House is home to London’s most beautiful ice rink, complete with a 40ft Christmas tree. Look out for Skate Lates, an extra special series of music nights throughout the season. This year […]

60 seconds with Verity Wilkes

by Programme team – UK, Chevening Secretariat

Chevening chats to Verity Wilkes, Senior Programme Officer – Fellowships at the Chevening Secretariat Can you tell us a little bit about what the Fellowships team at Chevening does? The fellowships team works with the smaller cohorts of Chevening Fellows who come to the UK throughout the year. Chevening Fellowships are open to applicants from a […]