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.

When parallels meet

by Sevgi Kaymak, Communications Assistant

If you’ve watched the 1979 satirical British comedy, ‘Monty Python’s Life of Brian’, you will no doubt remember the scene in which Brian exclaims to a large audience, ‘You are all individuals’, and to which they respond (in unison), ‘Yes, we’re all individuals’. In 1979, it was probably easier to make a statement such as […]

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Eleven of my first impressions of the UK

by Chevening Scholars - Class of 2019,

Almost exactly one year ago, we published a blog in October to kick start the class of 2018’s scholar blogs titled, ‘Fifteen first impressions of the UK’. A year on, with a new class of scholars, we wanted to find out again what the first impressions of the UK have been like for our new […]

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‘We must always stay true to our values’ – Rita French at Chevening Orientation 2019

by Rita French, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva and International Ambassador for Human Rights

Chevening Orientation 2019 marked the start of a challenging and exciting year for the 1,750-strong Chevening Scholarships class of 2019. It was an opportunity for them to meet and network with each other, prepare themselves for the year ahead, and take in the knowledge and advice of our illustrious keynote speakers. Rita French, the UK’s first ever international human rights ambassador, shared the following words of wisdom for our scholars…

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Rita French - Chevening Orientation 2019 speech

UK events in October

There are always fun events running across the UK for everybody to enjoy, whatever your interests. Some events are free whilst others may have a small charge. Here are a few that you may like to attend whilst you are making yourself at home in the UK.

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My best Chevening moment I’m most excited about

by Chevening Scholars - Class of 2018,

As we complete the transition period between Chevening’s classes of 2018 and 2019, we wanted to share what incoming scholars are most excited about (outside of their studies) and what outgoing scholars considered their best moments of their year in the UK in this round up. 1. CHEVENING GATHERINGS Yousuf Alrawi, Iraq ‘My best Chevening […]

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A cultural historian asks the big questions

After completing his Chevening Scholarship at the University of Oxford, Eugen Stancu (Romania, 2005) now teaches at the University of Bucharest and edits LaPunkt.ro. He shares his experience as the academic coordinator of the Democracy and Demography Summer School at the IWM (The Institute for Human Sciences) in Vienna.

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