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.

Kishva elected as Chairperson of the Commonwealth Youth Council

Chevening Scholar, Kishva Ambigapathy, has been selected as chairperson of the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC), an association of young people from 53 countries that act as the official representative voice of 1.2 billion young people in the Commonwealth. Kishva, who is from Malaysia and studies MSc Global Politics at Durham University, was installed as chair at […]

A royal day out for Chevening

A group of Chevening Scholars stepped back in time as they visited the historic Hampton Court Palace, home to King Henry VIII. Scholars were treated to a guided tour of the palace from a ‘Georgian lady’, and experienced a traditional English cream tea.  Rommell Hall, a Chevening Social Media Ambassador, went along to see the palace […]

Building a Kenyan future, one classroom at a time

by Kerry Kyaa, Chevening Alumna, Kenya

I am often humbled by the peculiar generosity of the strangers who contribute towards schemes such as the Chevening Scholarship to fund strangers such as myself, majority of whom they will never know or meet. That is why in 2010, when I learnt that there was an opportunity to support the construction of a school […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]