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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

How do global citizens live in the real world?

by CM Patha, Chevening Alumna, Canada

Roamers are the great “other” living around the planet today. To outsiders they look like expats or immigrants, but ask roamers how they feel and you’ll often get a different response. “I’m a global citizen”, is the most common reply. It’s a lofty sentiment, but how do global citizens navigate a planet carved up into […]

My Chevening month: Making the most of it

by Rommel Hall, Chevening Scholar, Barbados

From the time I left Barbados in September 2015 and moved to the beautiful city of Cardiff, I made a promise to myself that I would make the most of this time in the United Kingdom, and I am. Yes, the main reason I am here is academic, but I had no intention to be cooped […]

Scholars record powerful video statement for World Water Day

‘We can no longer be passive’ was the call from Chevening Scholar Yahoska Berrios on World Water Day 2016. The Nicaraguan scholar fronts a video aimed at the Chevening community which calls for greater efforts to help improve access to water for rural communities, given that the lack of water has a disproportionately negative effect […]

A new chapter for the Chevening Alumni Ghana Network

The Chevening Alumni Association of Ghana was officially launched on 10 February 2016. Sponsored by the Foreign and Commonwealth through the Chevening Alumni Programme Fund (CAPF) and hosted by the British High Commissioner to Ghana, HE Jon Benjamin, the association launch sought to bring together alumni of the Chevening programme since its inception in 1983, and to […]

Living and Working Abroad in the 21st Century

by CM Patha, Chevening Alumna, Canada

If you live and work abroad, do you see yourself as an expat or as an immigrant? Neither? That’s not surprising because those are outdated 20th century concepts for 20th century ways of living abroad. They continue to exist, but the 21st century is giving rise to an entirely new lifestyle that is having a […]

Chevening Scholars included in Commonwealth Day celebrations

Chevening Scholars were invited to attend the Commonwealth Day Service at the iconic Westminster Abbey. The day was especially significant for Chevening Scholars as one scholar, Kishva Ambigapathy, was asked to lead the Royal Family during the procession as the bearer of the Commonwealth Mace.   I am truly humbled to lead Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II & […]