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.

The five best FA Cup goals of all time

by Kadri Paju, Programme Officer - UK

Manchester City will be hoping to add another trophy to this season’s collection when they play Watford today in the final of the FA Cup. The FA Cup (the ‘FA stands for Football Association) is the oldest national football competition in the world. Plenty of magnificent goals have been scored in the 147 years since […]

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Ten UK landscapes that took my breath away

by Chevening Scholars, Class of 2018

Whether it’s the glens and lochs in Scotland, the rolling hills in Yorkshire, or the gentle (and sometimes not-so-gentle) waves in Cornwall, the UK is filled with landscapes to take away the breaths of even the most difficult to please. Our scholars have been living in and exploring the UK for many months now but […]

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Taste test: my favourite British chocolates

by Gabriel Torgbor-Ashong, Social Media Ambassador

It was the good scent of chocolate that welcomed me to York, or so I made myself believe. The event, for which I left bed by 4am for a four-hour journey from Brighton in the south to York in the north of England was themed ‘York; City built on Chocolate’. I arrived with anticipation to […]

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A flow of thoughts on Waterloo Bridge

by Ekaterina Provornaya, Social Media Ambassador

Every morning I cross Waterloo Bridge. The breeze brings scents of fresh espressos and sweet cherry blossom. I’m walking at pace, trying to catch the rhythm of the metropolis and embrace every second of being. The past six months in the UK have been a journey of my self-rediscovery. The things I’ve experienced, the lessons […]

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UK events: May 2019

by Programme team – UK, Chevening Secretariat

UK-wide May Day Celebrations 1 May – Oxford, Padstow, St Andrews Various celebrations across the UK mark the advent of May with Morris dancing, drinking and much merriment! Head to Oxford or Padstow (Cornwall) for traditional celebrations or to St Andrews to partake in a chilly morning dip at the East Sands.   London and […]

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Eight things that reminded me of home

by Chevening Scholars, Class of 2018

The UK is a multicultural place which has long attracted people from all over the world, who enrich UK life by bringing their own influences with them to these shores. It is not uncommon to walk around a city and hear multiple languages being spoken around you, or to go somewhere remote in the countryside and still find a […]

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Chevening Debate: Should social media firms be held accountable for harmful content shared on their platforms?

by Parizad Baria, Social Media Ambassador

Debating combines critical thinking, planning, research, strategising and effective presentation skills, while encouraging a healthy questioning attitude. It calls into play the ability to articulate your thoughts while thinking on your feet and keeping your personal emotions in check. This makes it a powerful skill to have in both personal and professional situations, across fields. […]

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The war against the Great Stink

by Ekaterina Provornaya, Social Media Ambassador

How Victorians design designed a breakthrough sewage system On 19 March a group of Chevening Scholars travelled to east London to unravel the history of Crossness Pumping Station, one of the oldest of its kind in the UK. A magnificently decorated brick building was the first thing that struck us with its beauty and elaborate […]

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Five more lovely sunrises/sunsets I’ve captured in the UK

by Chevening Scholars, Class of 2018

The clocks in the UK have now gone forward by an hour which means we are officially in British Summer Time (BST is GMT+1) and that means, an extra hour of glorious sunlight to bask in each day. Yay! With that, we thought it would be good to further celebrate the lovely sunrises/sunsets that scholars […]

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Five things we learnt about the life and works of Shakespeare

by Brian Osweta Otieno, Social Media Ambassador

On Monday, 18 March Chevening Scholars visited Stratford-upon-Avon to learn about the life and works of renowned English writer William Shakespeare. Below are five interesting things we learnt during the trip. Anne Hathaway’s cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon 1) Love-life William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway (26) when he was 18, in 1582. It was in the house […]

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