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 Alumnus discusses gender inequality with the royals

The One Young World summit brings delegates and leaders, present and future, together from across the globe. Two thousand young people from over 190 countries attended the four day forum this year, which aims to accelerate social impact. Besides hosting a series of talks on a variety of subjects from some particularly inspiring people, this […]

Tackling climate change in the Western Balkans

The Greening Western Balkans’ Environmental Conference took place in Skopje at the end of October, with the intention of tackling climate change head on. Gjakush Kabashi gives us an account. The environmental issues faced by the Western Balkans countries have drastically increased over the last few years, raising the demands of the citizens and the […]

300 women sailing into the fight against plastic

Chevening Alumna Kirana Augustina was chosen to be one of 300 women taking part in a cross Atlantic voyage to raise awareness of plastic pollution. Here she gives her account of the journey. It sounds unreal at first. How can an all-women crew be so brave in the middle of open seas and face all […]

Five times the British weather has let me down

by Chevening Scholars - Class of 2019,

After around an eight month application process from start to finish, Chevening Scholars finally arrive in the UK in September/October – also known as autumn. And spring, summer, and/or winter depending on the day. A common message people in the UK send to one another is, ‘what is the weather like where you are?’, because […]

A Night at The Laboratory

The essence of Chevening is to drive forward innovation and collaboration. To this end, The Laboratory was held on 7 November – an evening to encourage the sharing of ideas between alumni, with three chosen Cheveners giving a short pitch, outlining their idea for creating impact. The event kicked off with a speed networking session […]

UK events in December

South West England Clearwell Caves’ Christmas Grotto (29 November – 24 December) If you’re looking for a unique and unforgettable Christmas experience, then you won’t find a quirkier attraction than Clearwell Caves. Wrap up warm and visit Father Christmas in his Grotto located underground in the 4,500 year-old mine caves. From the old mine tracks […]

Blurred Christmas lights

Twelve people who helped cure my homesickness

by Chevening Scholars - Class of 2019,

It is usually around now, towards the end of term one, a month away from the holidays, and with the dark nights setting in earlier and earlier, that our scholars start to miss home and the comforts that that entailed. The UK however, is vastly multicultural and this can make it a little easier for […]

Cheveners enter an ‘Age of Empathy’ at Women of the Future Summit 2019

‘Our mission is to help a generation of women make a difference.’ Pinki Lilani CBE (Founder, Women of the Future Programme) After another year spent encouraging and nurturing potential in young women, the 2019 Women of the Future Summit took place on 7 November. The programme was once again filled with hugely successful women, including […]

Eight of my best Orientation moments

by Chevening Scholars - Class of 2019,

In the weeks since Orientation 2019, scholars have had the chance to step back and reflect on Orientation, and meeting 1,750 scholars from 141 countries and territories around the world. For some, the best moments consisted of seeing those they hadn’t seen since leaving their home countries, and for others, it meant meeting new people […]

A Mexican celebration of death

by Diana Infante-Vargas, Chevening Scholar and Social Media Ambassador

There is a popular song in Mexico with lyrics to the effect of, ‘If I die away from Mexico, let them say I’m asleep, and have them bring me back home.’ The concept of death in Mexican culture is one unlike any other in the world – as we mourn death, we also celebrate it […]