Thank you for your interest in the Education UK Alumni Awards 2016. Before completing your application or nomination, please read the following entry rules (terms and conditions of the Education UK Alumni Awards 2016).

If you apply for, or nominate someone else for, an Education UK Alumni Award 2016, it is understood that you agree to these terms and conditions. 

Please be aware that if you do not accept these terms and conditions you must not apply for, or nominate someone else for, an Education UK Alumni Award 2016. 


1. The Education UK Alumni Awards 2016

The Education UK Alumni Awards (The “Alumni Awards”) are operated by or on behalf of the British Council to recognise and honour the outstanding achievements made by alumni who have studied at a UK Higher Education Institution[1].

 There are three award categories in each country. These are:

  • Professional Achievement Award – recognising alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary leadership and achievements in their professional industry
  • Entrepreneurial Award – recognising alumni who are active in initiating or contributing to innovative new business opportunities that have the potential for strong growth
  • Social Impact Award – recognising alumni who have made an exceptional contribution and commitment to creating positive social change and improving the lives of others

No applicant may win more than one Award. 

 [1]A UK Higher Education Institution is defined as an institution that meets the guidance on this website.

2. Eligibility

The Alumni Awards are open to individuals who:  

Are currently residing in one of the following countries participating in the Alumni Awards 2016:

  • Brazil
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Turkey
  • USA


  • Are alumni of a recognised UK Higher Education Institution (including those institutions’ overseas branch campuses), having studied at that institution for a minimum of one term/semester within the past ten years (i.e. in 2005 or later). 


3. Competition dates

The opening date of the Alumni Awards 2016 is 9.00am GMT on 24 August 2015 and the closing date is 12.00 midnight GMT on 31 October 2015.  Any entry received before the opening date or after the closing date will not be accepted. The British Council accepts no responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem with any system, server, provider or otherwise that may result in any entry being lost, delayed or not properly registered. 

Finalists will be notified between 14 December 2015 and 29 January 2016. This notification will be made to the email address provided by the Finalist when registering for the Alumni Awards in accordance with section 4 of these Competition Rules.  In this notification, the British Council will inform each Finalist of any additional information or steps required to participate in the Awards Ceremony.  


4. How to enter

The Alumni Awards will be promoted through the Education UK website and through third party websites e.g. UK universities.  Paper applications will not be accepted. 

 To apply or nominate, applicants/nominators must access the pages and then follow these steps: 

  • Enter the first and last name and email address where indicated of nominator and nominee or applicant.
  • Enter details of the UK Higher Education Institution of the applicant.
  • Nominators will need to provide two statements:

o Specific details on how long they have known the alumnus and in what capacity (approximately 50 words)

o How the applicant meets the award criteria; including an explanation of how their success has been of benefit to the country of entry

  • All applicants, regardless of whether they have been nominated or applied themselves, are required to:

o Provide three short statements describing their success and achievements within the context of the award category they are applying for, how their experience of studying at a UK Higher Education Institution helped them to achieve this success, and how their success has impacted their community, industry and country of entry. 

o Upload their current CV/resume and one character reference (e.g. from a current employer or client. The reference must not be the same person as the nominator, if an applicant has been nominated). The reference must contain the complete contact details of the referee (email, address and phone number).

  • Optional: all applicants can provide supporting documents such as links to press, external websites, audio or video files, and additional references.
  • Accept these Competition Rules by clicking the “I Accept” button.
  • Click on the 'Apply' or 'Submit' button.

Applicants can save their application and log back into the system to complete it before the deadline of 31 October 2015. Nominators are not able to save their form and complete it later. Incomplete nominations or applications will not be accepted. 

Unsuccessful applicants may re-apply for the competition in subsequent years, however they must submit a new application form as per the application process and terms and conditions for that year. Winners of Alumni Awards are not permitted to re-apply to the competition in subsequent years. 

Nominators and applicants’ data will be shared and verified with the alumnus/na’s UK Higher Education Institution as well as the British Council in the UK and overseas. The British Council reserves the right to independently check all information provided by applicants, nominators and referees. Should the applicant be found to have submitted false information, and/or have provided falsified information through referees/nominators in support of their application, the applicant will be disqualified from the competition. Any titles already awarded (finalist or winner) will be removed from the applicant during or after the competition. 

5. Selection of winning entries and Award Ceremony

The Competition will consist of a two stage selection process. Firstly, applications are sent to the applicant’s former UK Higher Education Institution for the first round of shortlisting. UK Higher Education Institutions can put forward a maximum of five alumni from their institution for each of the three categories, for each participating country. The applications of shortlisted applicants will be reviewed by a panel of judges convened by the British Council in the applicant’s country of entry, and up to five finalists will be selected for each of the three award categories. Finalists will then be invited to take part in a telephone interview with the judging panel, and one winner selected for each category. 

Finalists will be invited to attend a high profile Award Ceremony, held in their country of entry, between January and March 2016. Winners will be announced at each Award Ceremony.

Entry to the Alumni Awards is free of charge although applicants are responsible for their own costs associated with travelling to and attending the Award Ceremony, should they be selected as a finalist and invited to attend.

The shortlisted entries will be judged by a panel of experts appointed by the British Council in the applicant’s country of entry. 


Each of the three Alumni Award categories (social impact, entrepreneurial, and professional achievement) have three judging criterion:

  • Fit with the award category: has the alumnus excelled in the specific award category? What are their successes and achievements in the context of their chosen award category that demonstrate this?
  • Demonstration of a UK influence: how did the experience of studying at a UK higher education institute help the alumnus to achieve their success? Applicants should reference:

o Personal skills gained (e.g. confidence, teamworking, how they relate to, and work with, others from different backgrounds) 

o Where applicable, how their UK education provided them with a global outlook/international perspective that contributed to their success.

  • Impact of success: how has the alumnus contributed to positive change in their community, industry and country of entry?


The judges’ decision is final and binding. The panel of judges will include at least one member who is independent of the British Council and Alumni Award sponsors/partners.


The Alumni Awards reserves at its sole discretion the right to not to make any particular award in any given Category; move an Entry to another Category without notice, if the judging panel feels it would be better suited in the relevant Category; disqualify any entry that does not meet the entry requirements.


No correspondence will be entered into with unsuccessful applicants.


6. Award Ceremony

The Award Ceremonies will take place in each country between January-March 2016.  Finalists will be invited to attend the Award Ceremony in their country of application. 


Finalists who are invited to and choose to attend the Award Ceremony are responsible for covering their own expenses, including accommodation, subsistence, visas, insurance, international or domestic travel costs or other ancillary costs arising out of participation in The Awards, unless otherwise expressly stated by the British Council.

Finalists invited to an Award Ceremony will be provided with a guest ticket (free of charge) to accompany them. In addition the British Council will invite a representative from finalists’ UK Higher Education Institution. Conditions stated in section 7 and 9 in this document also apply to guests. 

 If the country or location of an Awards Ceremony becomes unsafe due to an event of Force Majeure, including but not limited to war, earthquake, typhoon, adverse weather, strike, fires, floods, terrorism, pandemics, acts of god and any natural disaster, the British Council reserves the right to cancel an Award Ceremony with immediate effect. Attendees will be responsible for any cancellation charges on flights, accommodation and any other costs that they may incur in respect of such cancellation.


7. Personal data

The British Council will collect and store the names and email addresses of all applicants and the additional application details as anticipated by section 4 above.  The British Council will use this personal data for the following purposes:

  • managing the relationship between the applicants and the British Council;
  • communicating with applicants to answer their queries about the Alumni Awards;
  • communicating with Shortlisted and Finalist applicants;
  • validating and sharing all data provided with the applicant’s UK University;
  • marketing and publicity in accordance with section 8 below. 

If an applicant is selected as a finalist, the British Council may use the facilities of reference checking agencies and/or contact the finalists’ referees to verify information provided in finalists’ application forms and references. 

Where an applicant has consented to the British Council doing so, the British Council may contact the applicant using the personal data collected to provide information about the goods, services, courses or promotions that the British Council offers.

By participating in the Competition, applicants consent to their personal data being processed by the British Council in accordance with, and for the purposes set out in, this section 7.

Applicants can exercise their rights to access their personal data held by the British Council and withdraw their consent to the processing of their personal data. Further information on this process can be found on the British Council’s corporate website.


8. Publicity and rights

The British Council intends to publish the names and photographs of the finalists and winners on the British Council’s websites and social media pages, press releases and in other promotional and marketing material. In addition, the British Council may write and publish articles about the winners. Publicity material of winners and finalists will be shared with their UK Higher Education Institution. By entering the Competition, each applicant agrees to the use of their name and image and agrees to co-operate with any such publicity or marketing if they are selected as an Alumni Award Finalist or Winner. 

By entering the Competition each applicant grants the British Council, Alumni Award Partner organisation and own Higher Education Institution, free of charge, permission to use the entry material in any way it wants (including, without limitation, modifying and adapting it for operational and editorial reasons) in any media worldwide.  Each applicant confirms that the entry material is their original work, is not defamatory and does not infringe any English laws, that they have the right to give the British Council and their former UK university permission to use it for the purposes specified above, and that all necessary consents for the submission of the entry material have been obtained.

All rights in the British Council’s name and logo, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter pages, press releases and other promotional and marketing material and all course and examination content and materials (together the “Council’s Materials”) shall vest in and remain with the British Council (or its licensors). By participating in the Competition, applicants agree that they will not use, broadcast, publish, export, exploit, reproduce nor copy part or all of the Council’s Materials. 


9. Photography and Recording

If you are invited, and attend the Award Ceremony, you agree to the following:

  • I agree to the British Council photographing and/or recording me and give permission to the British Council to use any material in the photographs and/or recordings where the copyright or any other rights are owned by me and waive all my moral rights and performers’ rights (if any) in the photographs and recordings;
  • I confirm that the British Council shall be entitled to use the photographs and/or recordings made of me in their original format or edited, adapted or altered, for the purposes of the British Council’s internal and external promotional and publicity materials and for any programmes, publications, websites, electronic publications and social media services worldwide produced by or on behalf of the British Council; and
  • I agree that the British Council shall be entitled to pass the photographs and/or recordings of me, and my name, to external press and media agencies, publishers and broadcasters, Higher Education Institutions and to partners and other third parties with which the British Council works, anywhere in the world, for the purposes of the Alumni Awards.

Alumni Award Finalists will be asked to provide a professional style photo and short personal summary to be used for display during the Awards and/or to publicise their win.


10. Prize

Finalists and award winners will join a prestigious network of international alumni, raising their global profile through the Award Ceremonies. Winners of each award category will receive a trophy to be presented to them at the Award Ceremony in their country of entry. 

The British Council accepts no responsibility for failure to notify winning participants or failure to deliver the trophy where such failure results from the provision of inaccurate contact details by the applicants or from the acts or omissions of any third party (including, without limitation, any internet or postal service provider) and shall have no liability to any entrant if it is prevented from or delayed in delivering any aspect of the Competition or the prizes by acts, events, omissions or accidents beyond its reasonable control.


11. General

The British Council may disqualify or refuse to accept the entry of any applicant which does not meet the eligibility criteria in section 2 or does not otherwise comply with these Competition Rules. 

These Competition Rules shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and the courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any disputes or claims (including, without limitation, non-contractual disputes or claims) arising out of or in connection with the Competition.

The Website may include links to third party websites that are controlled and maintained by others. Any link to other websites is not an endorsement of such websites and you acknowledge and agree that Alumni Awards is not responsible for the content or availability of any such sites.


12. Acceptance of Competition Rules

By participating in this Competition, applicants and nominators are deemed to have accepted these Competition Rules.