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.

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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New octopus species named after Chevening

A newly discovered octopus species, found off the coast of South Korea, has been named after the Chevening Scholarships programme by the scientist who found it. South Korean Chevening Alumna Dr Aprille Phul decided to give the new octopus the Latin scientific name of Octopoda Chevenuss Scholarpod after spending a career-changing year studying in the […]

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Five amazing women who you might not have heard about

by Ekaterina Provornaya, Social Media Ambassador

Who shapes knowledge? How can I make the internet a better place? A group of Chevening Scholars delved into these questions during a Wikithon at the Wellcome Library. Led by the Wellcome Collection’s digital editors and a Wikipedia representative,  the session taught us  how to create and edit Wikipedia pages and, what is more, opened […]

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Raising awareness of adverse childhood experiences in Jamaica

by Juleus Ghunta, Chevening Alumnus

Juleus Ghunta is an author, conflict resolution facilitator, and public speaker from Jamaica. As a 2017 Chevening Scholar, he earned an MA in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford, where he was awarded the Social Ambassador Prize for outstanding contribution to the Division of Peace Studies and International Development. His dissertation examined the causes and […]

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Chevening Alumni in Bulgaria inspire a new generation of leaders

The Bulgarian Chevening Association (BCA) is a vibrant group of Chevening Alumni based in Sofia, Bulgaria. Since a re-launch in 2017, the group have been working hard to provide networking opportunities for their members and opportunities to inspire the next generation of young Bulgarians. The result of this hard work is a brand new initiative called […]

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