Chevening Farewell 2018

04 Jul 2018
13:00 to 17:00 Wednesday 04 July 2018
Palm Court, Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY

Travel to London

If you don't already live in London, you will need to travel to the city to get to Alexandra Palace. There are a number of websites you can use to find the cheapest travel option:

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Travel in London

For those of you who are not familiar with London transport, more information can be found on the Transport for London website, which includes a journey planner tool and advice on how to pay.

Should any of you decide to travel by car or minibus, please familiarise yourself with where available parking spaces are near the venue. More information is available on their website here.

Alexandra Palace is in north London and the nearest station is, fittingly, Alexandra Palace train station.  A regular train service runs direct from Moorgate, or you can travel there from King’s Cross, changing at Finsbury Park.

Please note that you will be expected to use your travel top up allowance to pay for your travel to Farewell and accommodation. There will be no travel reimbursement from the Secretariat for this event. If you are eligible for a travel top up, details on how much you can receive can be found on your final award letter.





13:00 to 13.55


Registration (Palm Court)

14:00 to 14:05


Senior Programme Officers welcome scholars

14:05 to 14:15


Welcome address

Sir Simon McDonald
Permanent Under Secretary to the FCO

14:15 to 14:35


Keynote speech

Baroness Falkner of Margravine  
Member of the House of Lords  

14:35 to 14:55


Recognition of scholar achievements

Led by the programme team: including statistics of the year, an events show-reel, and a very special poetry reading by His Excellency Dr Kevin Isaac, High Commissioner of St Kitts and Nevis.

14:55 to 15:10


Joining the Chevening Alumni network

Led by Chevening's Alumni Relations Manager Aba Quartey.

15:10 to 15:20


Closing remarks

Benjamin Coates
Head of the Scholarships Unit at the FCO

15:20 to 17:00


Networking reception


Keynote speaker: Baroness Falkner of Margravine

Baroness Falkner is a respected Liberal Democrat politician and has been a member of the House of Lords since 2004. Born in Pakistan, she moved to the UK in the 1970s and subsequently studied at LSE and the University of Kent.

In her professional life she has worked across diverse areas such as human rights and international development, as well as working with the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office. She is currently a member of the European Union Committee, the Chancellor of the University of Northampton, and a Visiting Professor at King’s College London.


Kevin M Isaac, High Commissioner of St Kitts and Nevis

Kevin M IsaacHis Excellency Mr Kevin M Isaac is a career diplomat and a graduate of the University of the West Indies, the UWI Institute of International Relations, the University of Birmingham, and the University of Warwick. High Commissioner Isaac is also St Kitts and Nevis's Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), non-resident Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, and Governor on the Board of the Commonwealth Secretariat.

High Commissioner Isaac joined the St Kitts Nevis Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1992 and has served broadly as a Foreign Service Officer. Mr Isaac has served at the St Kitts and Nevis Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York as Minister Counsellor/Deputy Chief of Mission at the St Kitts Nevis Embassy to the United States of America and as Representative in the St Kitts Nevis Permanent Mission to the Organization of American States both in Washington DC.

In January 2011, High Commissioner Isaac was appointed as High Commissioner to the United Kingdom: the youngest and first career diplomat of the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis to be elevated to this rank.

High Commissioner Isaac is a former Chevening Scholar and a published poet.



Please have your Chevening ID card out and ready to show Chevening staff operating the scanners as this will help us to register all scholars quickly. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have your card scanned by a member of Chevening staff, as you will otherwise be marked as a ‘no show’. Please note that once your ID card has been scanned you have registered and can head through to the hall.

If you have lost your ID card, please look for the registration desks which will be set up within Palm Court. Please bring another form of personal identification with you, for example your passport or university ID. These desks are only to be used if you do not have your ID card.

Social media

In the lead up to Farewell we would love to see how you have changed on your Chevening journey. Post a picture of yourself before you came to the UK as well as your favorite Chevening moment to #CheveningMemories on Twitter and Instagram.

Alexandra Palace wi-fi

Network: AP-Private-1
Password: in event email


There will be full bag searches taking place as part of the registration process. Alexandra Palace’s licensed security staff will be conducting the bag search and scholars carrying illegal, prohibited, or suspicious items may be refused entry to the event.

To ensure a smooth and quick registration process we ask you not to bring large bags or suitcases with you, and to limit yourself to one bag as far as possible. If you have any additional luggage, we advise you to leave this at your accommodation in London before travelling to Alexandra Palace, or to make use of storage facilities at London’s train stations and airports


Need more information?

You can find answers to lots of your questions on our FAQ page. If you have any additional queries please do contact your programme officer.