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.

Five of the UK’s best Christmas markets

One of the best things about Christmas in Britain is our bustling Christmas markets, where wooden chalets adorn the streets and hot chocolates are the order of the day. Here we’ve rounded up five of Britain’s best Christmas markets, perfect for getting in the festive spirit this winter.   Edinburgh (20 November – 4 January) If […]

The challenge of our international economic world

On 3 November at the British Embassy in Mexico City, a fascinating conference took place titled Latest trends in international trade and its effects on the policies of the countries. Mexico’s Current stance: Globalization vs Protectionism. The Mexican Chevening Alumni Association (MCAA) partnered with the LSE Mexican Alumni Association, PricewaterhouseCoopers Mexico (PwC), and the UK […]

Malaysian scholars visit BAE Systems in Lancashire

Seven scholars, as well as representatives from the Chevening Secretariat, visited BAE Systems Military Air and Information sites at Warton and Samlesbury in Lancashire on 22 and 23 November 2016. They were hosted by senior BAE Systems representatives and given an overview of the business, as well as visiting their advanced manufacturing and Typhoon final […]

My Chevening journey: One year, thousands of life lessons

by Carolina Echavarría Basy, Communicator at the Presidency of Uruguayan Republic

Since I started my Chevening year (2015/2016) I have been writing a blog with two main aims: to be a travel diary of my experience living and studying in the UK, and to share my adventures with my family and friends. Writing in Reading was a way to tell others about my experience studying an MSc […]

In the spotlight: The Lake District

If picturesque scenery is what you’re looking for, this month’s ‘in the spotlight’ is definitely for you. Programme officer Marzana Khanom has written for us about one the UK’s most beautiful areas.   The Lake District is a mountainous region of England best known for its picturesque beauty, made up of lakes, forests, mountains and quintessentially English […]

UK events: December 2016

by Programme team – UK, Chevening Secretariat

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park London 18 November to 2 January Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland begins in November each year and keeps the Christmas party going right through until January. There’s something for everyone at Winter Wonderland, from thrill-seeking rides and carnival games to Christmas markets, food stalls, an ice rink and big top shows. […]

Scholar in the spotlight – Maria Castillo Vallecillo

by Programme team – UK, Chevening Secretariat

We’d like to welcome Maria Castillo Vallecillo to the UK all the way from Nicaragua. Maria is passionate about education and development and worked for a drug and violence prevention programme for school-age students back in Nicaragua before starting her Chevening Scholarship. Maria is studying a master’s in Education, Health Promotion and International Development at […]

Scholars invited to attend the first autumn conference Council for Education in the Commonwealth (CEC)

by Programme team – UK, Chevening Secretariat

On 27 October, ten lucky scholars were selected to attend the Commonwealth Horizons: ‘Skills for the 21st Century’ conference. This was the first Autumn Conference hosted by the Council for Education in the Commonwealth (CEC) held in Senate House, University of London and also included a reception at the Palace of Westminster (in the Houses […]

Reflections on studying in York

by Kemesha Kelly, Chevening Social Media Ambassador

I am falling in love with York and the UK, here on #MyCheveningJourney! We are in the season of fall here in the UK and it is beautiful. Everywhere you look, apart from the evergreens, leaves are turning golden brown or a bright yellow, and are falling from trees. Along with that though has come […]

Post-Chevening Life and Experience in Myanmar

by Pyone Kyaw, Governance Adviser at UK Department for International Development

Following on the successful completion of my Chevening year at the University of Birmingham in 2012, I found myself working for the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in Myanmar. I was recruited to work on governance programmes and I felt extremely happy as my work and studies were quite relevant. I did my master’s […]