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.

What I learnt from an academic setback

by Christine Coc, Chevening Alumna

I hadn’t planned on being a teacher. With a bachelor’s degree in biology, I was enthusiastic that further studies in forensics would be suitable. That plan did not materialise, and I took up my first job as a high-school biology teacher. Having worked for five years at my school, I could see that my students’ […]

What leadership qualities do you need to become a Chevening Scholar?

Are you considering applying for a Chevening Scholarship? Are you wondering how you can demonstrate the ways in which you meet Chevening’s leadership requirements? We hear from 2020/2021 Chevening Scholar Sushma Mahabala about her journey to achieving a Chevening Scholarship.

The Big Neural Data Project: Mental health research gets a new look

Carlos Escalante studied Neuroscience on his Chevening Award at University College London. His initiative, The Big Neural Data Project, uses technology to optimise therapies for mental health. Now that the COVID-19 pandemic has intensified mental health needs around the world, he tells us how he’s planning to transform approaches to mental health. Mental health is […]

Working to bring sustainable energy to rural Nigeria

Yetunde Fadeyi is a new alumna, part of the class of 2019. REES Africa is an initiative she co-founded to help improve energy access in rural parts of Nigeria. Here she tells us about her inspirations for setting up REES, the challenges she faced, and her hopes for the future. REES Africa (Renewable Energy & […]

From Chevening Scholar, to working for the Foreign Office

Viorela Mihai left the British Embassy in Bucharest at the end of July this year, to start a new role coordinating the marketing department of a Romanian television channel. Here she tells us about her path from Chevening Scholar to working for the FCO (now the FCDO), and how the journey has shaped her. At the […]

UK events in October

Virtual events Cheltenham Literature Festival 2 – 11 October The literary festival will celebrate its 71st anniversary in 2020 and will see the launch of major books, as well as more than 500 talks, workshops and performances touching upon subjects as diverse as history, politics, sport, food and fashion. Iris Prize Festival 6-11 October Iris […]

Five pieces of advice to Chevening’s class of 2020

by Chevening Scholars - Class of 2019,

In the final edition of the class of 2019’s scholar blogs, we asked them for advice they may have for Chevening’s class of 2020. Afterall, it’s not every day that a cohort faces a global pandemic which changes absolutely everything for them including the way they study, travel, and form relationships. So, class of 2020, […]

How could a Chevening Scholarship help you achieve your career goals?

Demonstrating leadership qualities and showcasing how your Chevening experience will bring you closer to achieving your career goals is crucial to submitting a successful Chevening application. We hear from Chevening Scholar, Fabricio Bonecini de Almeida, Class of 2020, about how he intends to leverage the Chevening network to help him realise his dream of increasing education standards in Brazil.