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.