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.

Scholars outline their global ambitions at annual conference

More than 160 scholars gathered at the University of Birmingham for the third annual Chevening Conference. The conference gives scholars the chance to present their thoughts and ideas on the topic of the year, which this year was ‘global ambitions.’ After more than 70 scholars applied to present, a panel of 24 were chosen, with their subjects ranging […]

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Arturo joins prestigious list of rowers

Arturo Villanueva, a Chevening Scholar from Mexico, has rowed his way into the boat racing history books after becoming the first Mexican national to row for either Oxford or Cambridge. Rowing is a very prestigious sport at the two universities, who have been competing in what is traditionally known as ‘the boat race’ since 1829, and […]

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Edinburgh’s secret uncovered by Scholars

More than 55 Chevening Scholars headed to Scotland to explore the hidden passageways beneath the city of Edinburgh.  At the ‘Mary King’s Close Underground Tour of Old Town Edinburgh’ event, scholars were given a unique opportunity to visit an important and famous part of Edinburgh’s history, hearing tales about the plague, pestilence, and murder. Social […]

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Chevening continues to have impact in Riga

Even though there are no Chevening Scholarships in Latvia anymore, the Chevening Alumni community is active and keen to take part in events organised by the British Embassy Riga. This year the embassy planned a couple of events for Chevening Alumni, many of whom are now working for the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in […]

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Caribbean alumni join forces for positive exchange

By Gilly Metzgen, Chevening Officer, British High Commission Bridgetown   One of the challenges faced by Eastern Caribbean alumni is one of sheer geography. The seven countries within the grouping are hundreds of miles distant from one another with limited and expensive transport options. At a local level, all the islands have their own alumni group, each […]

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Diplomats share their stories with Chevening Scholars

A group of diplomats from across the globe have shared their unique stories with Chevening Scholars in the latest event in the Chevening lecture series – ‘A Diary of a Diplomat’. Hosted at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, scholars were given the chance to meet and chat to a number of special guests, who each […]

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Chevening Scholars set world record for queueing

Chevening Scholars have inadvertently set the world record for queueing by collectively clocking up 345,248 hours of queueing time in the eight months that they’ve been in the UK, according to figures released today by Chevening’s Department of Single File Analysis (DSFA). Queueing, which is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as ‘patiently spending an […]

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Chevening helps to build regional cooperation in the heart of Asia

The British Embassy in Dushanbe recently hosted the first ever Central Asia and South Caucasus Alumni Conference in Tajikistan. The conference, which was the outcome of a successful bid to the Chevening Alumni Programme Fund (CAPF), was prepared, organised and delivered by the Chevening Officer from Tajikistan, Shuhrat Sharipov, and compered in style by HE […]

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UK events: April

by Programme team – UK, Chevening Secretariat

It’s a new month, which means a whole new lot of exciting things to do and see across the UK. We’ve picked out a few which we think are particularly good. Enjoy! The Grand National 7 – 9 April, Aintree You could be one of almost 200,000 who attend what is arguably the UK’s most famous horse […]

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In the spotlight: Oxford

by Programme team – UK, Chevening Secretariat

April is here, which means it’s time for another installment of our ‘in the spotlight’ series. This month, programme officer Christine is in control, and she’s telling you why you should visit her favourite place – Oxford. History and architecture are two of the biggest things that Oxford and its surrounding area have in abundance. […]

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