Celebrating the achievements of alumni in China

When outstanding individuals receive a world-class education in the UK, the effects can last a lifetime. The Alumni Awards shine a light on the impact that alumni of UK higher education institutions are making in their chosen field, and how this was sparked by their studies in the UK.

The British Council is pleased to announce that applications and nominations for the 2019-20 Study UK Alumni Awards are now open. There will be a national ceremony taking place in China this year. We encourage UK alumni to apply by submitting your applications.      

There are three award categories:

  • Professional Achievement Award recognising UK alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary leadership and achievements in their professional industry, and who can demonstrate the impact and scale of their achievements in their profession, and beyond.
  • Entrepreneurial Award recognising UK alumni who are active in initiating or contributing to innovative or creative new ideas, solutions or business opportunities that have the potential for strong growth.
  • Social Impact Award recognising UK alumni who have made an exceptional contribution and commitment to creating positive social change and improving the lives of others. 

What makes a great application? Find out our top tips on the Study UK Alumni Awards website.  

Some of the benefits of winning a prestigious Alumni Award:

  • Raise your international profile through global press and digital coverage
  • Build your professional networks and business connections
  • Win a professional networking visit to the UK

Timeline

3 July 2019 Applications open
1 September 2019 Deadline for nominations (1 Sept 23.59 BST)    
15 September 2019 Deadline for applications (15 Sept 23.59 BST)
September–November 2019 Shortlisting of applications
7 December 2019 Alumni Awards ceremony (country level)  
March 2020  Alumni Awards global finalists announced    
April-May 2020  Alumni Awards global winners announced

If you are an alumnus of a UK university and you want the world to know how your work is making a difference, you can apply for next year’s awards, applications open from 3 July 2019. We look forward to hearing your story.

Eligibility

  • The Study UK Alumni Awards are open to alumni living outside of the UK only
  • All applicants, except award winners, from the Alumni Awards in previous years may re-apply if they meet this year’s eligibility criteria.

Alumni must have studied:

  • within the last 15 years 
  • enrolled at an officially recognised (160 institutions) or listed (650 institutions) UK higher education institution
  • at degree level or above
  • either at a UK university in the UK, for a minimum of one term or semester, OR awarded a full UK degree level qualification (or higher), by a recognised or listed UK HEI, outside the UK.

*Degree level is defined as band 9 and above on the UK NARIC band framework.  

Professional short courses: alumni are only eligible if the course they studied was at degree level (or above), offered by a recognised UK institution in the UK (and they fulfil the rest of the criteria). Post-doc researchers are ineligible.

All applicants, except global award winners, from the Alumni Awards in previous years may re-apply if they meet this year’s eligibility criteria. Winners from previous national level awards will be considered for global awards only. 

Applicants must not be currently employed by the British Council or Gradcore. Applicant must disclose if they are an immediate family member of a British Council or Gradcore employee. (In this case immediate family member is defined as one's spouse, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, siblings and immediate in-laws (mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law and sister-in-law). Adopted children and stepchildren are also counted as immediate family members.

Judging criteria

All eligible applications will be assessed on the extent to which they meet the following five criteria:

  1. Impact: evidence of tangible impact, and scale of impact, of your work (inspired by your UK education) in your profession/community/society.
  2. UK Influence: evidence of how your UK education has played a key influence in your success and impact.
  3. Media traction: Extent to which your success story is likely to resonate with local/regional/national media in your country of entry, or beyond (global media).
  4. Potential to influence and inspire: Extent to which (including capacity and willingness) you and your story are likely to influence and inspire the next generation of prospective internationally mobile students in your country of entry to choose the UK as their study destination.
  5. Quality of application

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