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 time I played drums on stage at a festival with the Killers

by John Brenes Rodríguez, Chevening Scholar

I started playing the drums when I was nine years old; since that moment my life has been linked to a pair of drumsticks and a set of headphones. Any rock lover knows that the UK is synonymous with music. Therefore, during this year, I’ve been attending several incredible gigs, from new artists in Shoreditch bars to […]

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UK events: July 2019

by Programme team – UK, Chevening Secretariat

London and South East London Pride Parade, 6 July – London Celebration, diversity, activism, a demonstration — whatever it means to you, Pride in London is back and set to be the biggest yet. Over a million people attended pride in London 2018, marching, dancing and laughing to campaign for the freedoms that will allow […]

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Six divine places of worship I’ve visited

by Chevening Scholars - Class of 2018,

It is estimated that there are over 30,000 registered places of worship in the UK from historic churches, mosques, and temples to smaller independent locales. Although its purpose has never been confirmed, it is widely believed that Stonehenge in south west England is the oldest existing place of worship in the UK, and we can […]

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Protecting wildlife in the Andes

by Marcelo Mazzolli, Chevening Alumnus

Marcelo Mazzolli (Brazil, 1999) is a wildlife scientist specialising in the ecology of large felids (cats). Since completing his Chevening Award at the University of Durham, he’s worked as a researcher and consultant in some of the most beautiful and remote places in the world. Starting out – Projeto Puma I have always been fascinated […]

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Six things I’ve baked since being here

by Chevening Scholars - Class of 2018,

The UK baking market is currently worth circa £3.6 billion and makes up one of the largest markets in the food industry. As expected, a large proportion of this comes from bread however, the popularity of British baking staples such as scones, cakes, shortbread, and tarts is growing day by day. Thanks in part to […]

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What I learned about British politics from a tour of the Houses of Parliament

by Gabriel Torgbor-Ashong, Social Media Ambassador

Chevening’s Best of British Presents: Westminster was an event I definitely was not going to miss. Having a strong quest to become a political leader later in life, I knew it would provide relevant insights into and lessons about effective leadership. The event started with a tour within the Westminster Palace, from the central Lobby, […]

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60 seconds with Laurence Bette from the records team

by Programme team – UK, Chevening Secretariat

Chevening: Hi Laurence! Can you introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about what the records team at Chevening does? My name is Laurence Bette and I am the Senior Records Officer for the international scholarships at the ACU, which also includes Chevening Scholarships.  I have been looking after the Chevening student records since […]

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Media freedom: an international approach

by Berna Namata, Chevening Alumna

Berna Namata has been a business journalist for more than six years, primarily in Rwanda. She spent a year in London as a Chevening Scholar before returning to Rwanda in 2017, where she currently works for the Nation Media Group’s popular regional weekly newspaper, The East African. After six years’ experience as a print journalist, I […]

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Five interesting things I learnt about cricket on a trip to Lord’s

by Brian Osweta Otieno, Social Media Ambassador

1. The Ashes urn is the most valuable item at the Lord’s cricket museum Did you know that the Ashes Urn usually on display at the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Museum at Lord’s cricket ground in London, is one of the most valuable items of cricket memorabilia? The ashes are insured for a seven-figure sum […]

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UK events: June 2019

by Angus Hutchison, Communications Officer

London and South East Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, 21 June – 6 July With over 130 performances and 15 UK premières, the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival is London’s leading outdoor theatre and performing arts festival. GDIF showcases the highest quality work from around the globe, reflecting the places where it is performed and bringing communities together to […]

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