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.

Empowering disabled people across Pakistan

by Atif Sheikh, Chevening Alumnus, Pakistan

Disability is a diversified way of living and the foundation of an inclusive society is based on embracing diversity; this is what I have learned from my professor Mark Harrison at University of East Anglia while I was studying on the prestigious British Chevening Scholarship in 2007. I was born with a physical disability and […]

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My Chevening Month: An amazing opportunity

by Ximena Matus, Social Media Ambassador

Each month, we will be asking one of our brilliant social media ambassadors to write a blog, summing up their experiences in the UK. First up is Guatemalan scholar, Ximena Matus. ‘This month I had the opportunity to share with the world the experience of what a Chevening Scholar does while studying in the UK, […]

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Role of the UK Monarchy debated by scholars

What is the role of the UK monarchy in the 21st century? This was the question asked at the inaugural lecture of the Chevening Lecture Series in London. More than 200 scholars gathered at Queen Mary, University of London, to listen to, and debate with, two leading experts in this field. Social Media Ambassador Chimwemwe […]

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Brazil builds network of alumni ambassadors

The first ever Brazil Goodwill Ambassador summit took place on 1 December in Brasilia. 18 alumni representatives of the almost 1,500 strong alumni network in Brazil congregated at the British Embassy residence for a day of exchange, discussion, and discovery. The Goodwill Ambassador concept is an initiative developed by the Chevening Officer for Brazil, Caroline […]

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Scholars do their bit to make London a greener place

A group of enthusiastic Chevening Scholars fought sub-zero temperatures last Sunday morning , as they planted trees for the city of London.   Anushka Gurnaney, a Chevening Social Media Ambassador, went along to do her bit, and she tells the story below. ‘Bundled up in warm jackets, gloves and sturdy boots, we made our way to King […]

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Building an influential and active alumni network in Georgia

Georgian Chevening Alumni met at a castle retreat in October 2015 outside Tbilisi to celebrate 20 years of the Chevening scheme in Georgia. Hosted by Alexandra Hall Hall, the UK ambassador, the gathering also marked 20 years of the UK Embassy being in Georgia. Two former UK ambassadors joined the group, including Stephen Nash who […]

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UK events: December

by Programme team – UK, Chevening Secretariat

The days may be getting colder and shorter, but that doesn’t stop the fun in the UK. This time of year, there are still some amazing events right across the UK. Take a look at our tips for December. Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum 27 November to 20 December, Westonbirt, Cotswolds Venture into Westonbirt’s magical, illuminated grounds […]

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In the spotlight: Notting Hill

by Programme team – UK, Chevening Secretariat

It’s time for the second installment of this year’s ‘In the spotlight.’ Jasmin, one of our scholarships assistants, has taken the time to write about her favourite place in London – Notting Hill. Have a read and see what the fuss is about. Despite being known for its antiques section, apparently the world’s largest at […]

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Chevening Relays launched simultaneously across UK

November saw the launch of the Chevening Relays – a new initiative that aims to encourage Cheveners to collaborate, network, travel, and take collective responsibility for a common goal. The simple concept requires that each baton be safely passed around the network, with Cheveners given the option to undertake specific bonus challenges whilst in possession […]

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Scholars deepen knowledge of Scottish institutions in Edinburgh tour

Chevening Scholars travelled from around the UK to Edinburgh for the latest Best of British event on Wednesday, 25 November. A group of about 60 scholars made the trip to Edinburgh, for visits to the Scottish Parliament and the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). The scholars attended a private tour of the Scottish Parliament, where they […]

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