07 August 2017

Applications for the British Council Alumni Awards 2017/18 now open

Apply before 2 October 2017

By Development and Alumni Relations Team

The British Council has launched the fourth year of a prestigious award celebrating the outstanding achievements of the UK’s international alumni around the world. For the first time, the Alumni Awards are open to all alumni living outside of the UK, finding and celebrating many more success stories of the UK’s alumni.

Award winners and finalists are leaders in their fields who have used their experience of
studying at a UK university to make a positive contribution to their communities, professions and countries. They have the opportunity to raise their international profile, expand their professional networks, and enhance their careers.The Alumni Awards celebrate and showcase the impact and value of a UK higher education and raises the profile and reputation of UK alumni, their former universities, and the whole of UK education.
The Alumni Awards are open to alumni currently residing in any country outside the UK, who have studied in the UK, at an officially recognised provider of UK university degree level study for a minimum of a term or semester, or who have been awarded a full UK degree level qualification (or higher), by a UK university, within the last 15 years.
You can find out more and apply from now until 2 October 2017. Applicants will be put forward for regional awards, unless their country is hosting national Alumni Awards, in which case only the top scoring applicants will go forward into the regional awards. Finalists for national level awards will be announced in December 2017, and the winners will be announced at an event in each country between December 2017 and February 2018.
After the national awards, top scoring applicants of national Alumni Awards will then be entered into the Regional Alumni Awards, alongside applicants from all other countries. Winners of the Regional Alumni Awards will be announced in March 2018, and entered into the Global Alumni Awards. The three Global Alumni Award winners will be announced in April 2018 and invited to the UK for a professional development opportunity.

Legendary shoe designer and UK alumnus Professor Jimmy Choo, OBE, is Global Ambassador of the Alumni Awards. He said “I’m delighted to support the Alumni Awards as Global Ambassador once again this year. Studying in the UK was an experience that changed my life and contributed to my success today. It is an honour to be supporting today’s recent outstanding UK university alumni by sharing their success stories and positive impact on the world.”The Alumni Awards were developed by the British Council and UK universities and were launched by the British Council in September 2014 in three countries. In 2017 the awards took place in 14 countries and received more than 1200 applications, representing more than 125 UK universities. The awards have been attended by VIPs and royalty: HRH Duke of Cambridge presented the Alumni Awards in China in 2015 and Professor Jimmy Choo, OBE, launched the Alumni Awards 2016 and is the Global Alumni Awards Ambassador.

Bryony Inge, Senior Project Manager, Alumni, at the British Council said “The Alumni Awards find and celebrate the exceptional stories of alumni who are using their UK education to make a positive impact on their professions, communities and humanity. We’re delighted to be expanding the Alumni Awards this year, and look forward to celebrating and raising the profile of UK education, institutions and the alumni, as we share more of their inspirational stories around the world.”

Good luck!