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.

Tackling extremism through the power of second chances

by Noor Huda Ismail, Chevening Alumnus

Noor Huda Ismail is a peacebuilder, writer, and filmmaker who specialises in de-radicalisation and counter-terrorism. After completing a master’s in international security at the University of St Andrews in 2005 on a Chevening Scholarship, Noor returned to Indonesia and began using the knowledge acquired through his studies to launch bold new initiatives to rehabilitate former […]

UK events: October 2018

by Programme team – UK, Chevening Secretariat

Yorkshire England’s Largest Travelling Fair 5 to 15 October Don’t miss the lights, sights, and smells of England’s largest travelling fair. This year, the fair rolls into Hull on 5 October and leaves on 15 October, giving you just over a week to enjoy the festivities. The fair is one of Hull’s biggest traditions, as […]

University applications: four key points to help you apply

by Amy Mitchell-Bell, Programme Officer – International

Hello! I’m Amy, one of the Programme Officers – International at the Chevening Secretariat. Last year, we held a number of themed Q&A sessions, including one on university applications. We noticed that there were a number of recurring questions and have summarised the answers below. (1) Applicants can apply for any Chevening-eligible course at any UK […]

Eight weird and wonderful adventures to have in the UK

by Lydia, Programme Officer

I’m sure you’ve read a lot about the oddities of the UK and are looking forward to experiencing some of these during your year here! As well as local quirks, like the many varied accents across the country, I’ve put together a list of weird and wonderful places to go and things that you can […]

Tech giants join fight against fake news in Brazil

by Eduardo Mack, Chevening Officer, Brazil

In August 2018, Cheveners in Brazil embarked on an innovative project to discuss one of today’s most fascinating trends – fake news. It’s an issue of interest to alumni all over Brazil, but due to the size of the country, getting everyone together in one place for an event is a challenge. The solution? Run […]

Equality is a key factor for sustainable development

by Lucky Belinda Niko, Chevening Alumna

I recently started working for a Spanish NGO called TATU Project. The organisation is based in the communities of Msitu wa Tembo and Londoto located in Simanjiro district in Northern Tanzania. ‘Tatu’ is the Swahili word for ‘three’. The organisation conducts several community development projects while focusing on three pillars: Empowerment, education, and environment. I […]

Creative technologies for the common good

by Chevening Alumni Office, Chevening Secretariat

As a Chevening Alumnus, you are part of a 50,000 strong network of global leaders, influencers and change-makers. We often celebrate outstanding individual alumni who are leading in their country or sector, but today we’d like to introduce you to two alumni who have pooled their skills and talents together to make a positive change […]

A magical night for Chevening Alumni Russia

by Maria Petrenko, Chevening Alumna

Chevening Alumni are high level professionals: experts, managers, analysts, etc. But they can also have real fun… once they are in a right party! For Chevening Alumni in Russia, the ‘right party’ took the form of the Chevening Summer Fest, an informal alumni gathering that takes place to celebrate the warm season and cheer on the […]

Putting children and youth at the heart of development

by Chevening Alumni Office, Chevening Secretariat

The Rebecca Dykes Chevening Scholarship was created in memory of British government worker Rebecca Dykes. Prior to her death, Rebecca had worked as a programme and policy manager for the UK’s Department for International Development in Lebanon, working to improve the lives of refugees and vulnerable host communities throughout the country. The new scholarship, named in […]

60 seconds with Emma Mastin

by Programme team – UK, Chevening Secretariat

Can you tell us a little bit about what Chevening’s Systems and Evaluation team does? In a nutshell, we deal with data! We work closely with the other teams in the Secretariat to improve the quality of data we hold through data reconciliation, cleansing, and entry. We use a number of systems to both store […]