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.

UK events: May 2019

by Programme team – UK, Chevening Secretariat

UK-wide May Day Celebrations 1 May – Oxford, Padstow, St Andrews Various celebrations across the UK mark the advent of May with Morris dancing, drinking and much merriment! Head to Oxford or Padstow (Cornwall) for traditional celebrations or to St Andrews to partake in a chilly morning dip at the East Sands.   London and […]

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Eight things that reminded me of home

by Chevening Scholars - Class of 2018,

The UK is a multicultural place which has long attracted people from all over the world, who enrich UK life by bringing their own influences with them to these shores. It is not uncommon to walk around a city and hear multiple languages being spoken around you, or to go somewhere remote in the countryside and still find a […]

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Chevening Debate: Should social media firms be held accountable for harmful content shared on their platforms?

by Parizad Baria, Social Media Ambassador

Debating combines critical thinking, planning, research, strategising and effective presentation skills, while encouraging a healthy questioning attitude. It calls into play the ability to articulate your thoughts while thinking on your feet and keeping your personal emotions in check. This makes it a powerful skill to have in both personal and professional situations, across fields. […]

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Chevening hosts largest ever regional conference in San José, Costa Rica

In celebration of its 35th anniversary, the Chevening Secretariat and British Embassy San José hosted our largest regional conference to date. The conference brought together Chevening officers from across the Americas, British Overseas Territories, and the Caribbean to network, learn, and exchange ideas. Now in its second series, the regional conference is a way to […]

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Media freedom comes under the spotlight at Chevening Conference

Scholars were urged to aid the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s media freedom campaign at the sixth annual Chevening Conference hosted at the University of Manchester on Friday, 12 April. 2018 was the deadliest year on record for journalists worldwide. Alastair King-Smith, Deputy Director of the Multilateral Policy Directorate at the FCO, encouraged scholars to help […]

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The war against the Great Stink

by Ekaterina Provornaya, Social Media Ambassador

How Victorians design designed a breakthrough sewage system On 19 March a group of Chevening Scholars travelled to east London to unravel the history of Crossness Pumping Station, one of the oldest of its kind in the UK. A magnificently decorated brick building was the first thing that struck us with its beauty and elaborate […]

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Five more lovely sunrises/sunsets I’ve captured in the UK

by Chevening Scholars - Class of 2018,

The clocks in the UK have now gone forward by an hour which means we are officially in British Summer Time (BST is GMT+1) and that means, an extra hour of glorious sunlight to bask in each day. Yay! With that, we thought it would be good to further celebrate the lovely sunrises/sunsets that scholars […]

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Five things we learnt about the life and works of Shakespeare

by Brian Osweta Otieno, Social Media Ambassador

On Monday, 18 March Chevening Scholars visited Stratford-upon-Avon to learn about the life and works of renowned English writer William Shakespeare. Below are five interesting things we learnt during the trip. Anne Hathaway’s cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon 1) Love-life William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway (26) when he was 18, in 1582. It was in the house […]

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UK events: April 2019

by Programme team – UK, Chevening Secretariat

London and the South East The Boat Race Sunday, 7 AprilRiver Thames, London Watch the historic Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race, which has taken place annually since 1829. The race is a contest between rowing crews from Oxford and Cambridge Universities and takes place on the River Thames in south-west London between Putney and Mortlake.  More information  […]

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