Entries to all awards will be judged by a panel of experts appointed by the British Council in the applicant's country or region of entry. All finalists’ applications will be verified by their UK higher education institution. 

Shortlisting Timeline

3 July 2017 Applications open at 12 midday BST (GMT+1)
2 October 2017

Applications close at 23.59 BST (GMT+1) for alumni in China

16 October 2017

Applications close at 23.59 BST (GMT+1) for alumni in all other countries 

October & November 2017

Shortlisting of applications for national level Alumni Awards, and announcement of national-level finalists

November 2017 to February 2018

National Alumni Award ceremonies (in selected countries – see FAQs or T&Cs)

12 April 2018

Regional Alumni Awards finalists announced

19 April 2018

Regional Alumni Awards winners announced

24 May 2018

Global Alumni Awards winners announced

 Shortlisting process

National level winners were selected following two rounds of shortlisting, firstly by the Alumni Awards team, and secondly by a panel of judges in each country, including senior staff from the British Council and the British Embassy/High Commission. Regional winners were also selected following two rounds of shortlisting, firstly by the Alumni Awards team, then by a panel involving British Council Regional Directors, Universities UK International, Chevening and Commonwealth, and UK universities, all of whom reviewed anonymised applications. The 21 regional winners will be shortlisted by our global judging panel to select the three global winners, one for each of the award categories (Professional Achievement, Entrepreneurial and Social Impact).

Judging criteria

All eligible applications will be assessed on the extent to which they meet the following four 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.

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