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.

Scholar predictions: Politics in 2020

by Chevening Scholars - Class of 2019,

We asked our scholars what they thought would happen in world politics in 2020. Here's what they had to say...

Crystal ball - scholar predictions

Tackling climate change in the Western Balkans

The Greening Western Balkans’ Environmental Conference took place in Skopje at the end of October, with the intention of tackling climate change head on. Gjakush Kabashi gives us an account. The environmental issues faced by the Western Balkans countries have drastically increased over the last few years, raising the demands of the citizens and the […]

300 women sailing into the fight against plastic

Chevening Alumna Kirana Augustina was chosen to be one of 300 women taking part in a cross Atlantic voyage to raise awareness of plastic pollution. Here she gives her account of the journey. It sounds unreal at first. How can an all-women crew be so brave in the middle of open seas and face all […]

Five times the British weather has let me down

by Chevening Scholars - Class of 2019,

After around an eight month application process from start to finish, Chevening Scholars finally arrive in the UK in September/October – also known as autumn. And spring, summer, and/or winter depending on the day. A common message people in the UK send to one another is, ‘what is the weather like where you are?’, because […]

UK events in December

South West England Clearwell Caves’ Christmas Grotto (29 November – 24 December) If you’re looking for a unique and unforgettable Christmas experience, then you won’t find a quirkier attraction than Clearwell Caves. Wrap up warm and visit Father Christmas in his Grotto located underground in the 4,500 year-old mine caves. From the old mine tracks […]

Blurred Christmas lights

Twelve people who helped cure my homesickness

by Chevening Scholars - Class of 2019,

It is usually around now, towards the end of term one, a month away from the holidays, and with the dark nights setting in earlier and earlier, that our scholars start to miss home and the comforts that that entailed. The UK however, is vastly multicultural and this can make it a little easier for […]

Eight of my best Orientation moments

by Chevening Scholars - Class of 2019,

In the weeks since Orientation 2019, scholars have had the chance to step back and reflect on Orientation, and meeting 1,750 scholars from 141 countries and territories around the world. For some, the best moments consisted of seeing those they hadn’t seen since leaving their home countries, and for others, it meant meeting new people […]

A Mexican celebration of death

by Diana Infante-Vargas, Chevening Scholar and Social Media Ambassador

There is a popular song in Mexico with lyrics to the effect of, ‘If I die away from Mexico, let them say I’m asleep, and have them bring me back home.’ The concept of death in Mexican culture is one unlike any other in the world – as we mourn death, we also celebrate it […]