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.

A lucky Chevener at the University of Oxford

by Dr Abdur Rehman Cheema, Team Leader of Research at the Rural Support Programmes Network

I am a Chevening Fellow at the Centre for Islamic Studies at the University of Oxford (OCIS) coming all the way from a country named Pakistan in South Asia. To be a Chevening Scholar has been an extraordinary experience in many ways. Starting from entering into the competition, to the application, the interview, the final […]

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Six buildings that look amazing at night

by Chevening Scholars - Class of 2018,

Something a lot of our scholars discover only after moving to the UK is how early the sun sets during the winter months. But, the very positive part to this is how beautifully buildings across the UK light up! Of course, the lead up to Christmas is an added bonus for seeing many cities and […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Alumni discuss ‘frictionless borders’ at global forum

On Saturday 10 November, a typically British autumn day, alumni representing more than 22 nations gathered at Regent’s University London for the Chevening Alumni Alliance’s (CAA) second global forum. This flagship event of the CAA calendar attracted alumni from all corners of the world, including Haiti, Bulgaria, Jordan, Russia, Indonesia, and South Africa. The CAA […]

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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 […]

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Creative marketing in Libya: Promoting Chevening outside the capital

‘Chevening Alumni are the best advocates for the Chevening programme in their home countries.’ This is the philosophy of Abdulrahman Elgheriani, Chevening Alumnus and Founder of Tanmia 360, a youth-led, Benghazi-based NGO. During the application window for 2019-20 Chevening Scholarships, he’s been putting his philosophy into practice by running a series of events to promote […]

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