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.

Blowing out the candles on our 35th birthday

We celebrated being a little bit older and wiser at our annual Farewell event for departing Chevening Scholars at Alexandra Palace last week. 1,800 scholars from 111 countries around the world travelled to north London to celebrate our 35th anniversary. Scholars have spent the year studying, exploring and experiencing life in the UK as part of the programme.

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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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Chevening Scholars break volunteering record

Gardening, teaching, helping animals… Altruistic scholars’ volunteering efforts were recognised and celebrated at our annual volunteering awards ceremony at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. At the start of Chevening’s 35th anniversary year, all scholars were set the challenge of completing 35 hours of volunteering during the year, and 56 scholars completed this challenge. But this […]

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UK Government leads global call to protect journalists

The Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced a new Chevening fellowship programme. The Chevening Africa Freedom Fellowship will allow 60 exceptional media professionals from across Africa to develop their knowledge, skills and networks. This year, applicants from ten African countries are eligible as part of a global effort to improve safety in journalism and promote […]

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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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