To ensure the greatest value for the UK, the British Council is firmly committed to strategically aligning its work to the long-term policy priorities of the UK governments. This includes supporting the broad policy interests and priorities of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, other relevant UK government departments in Whitehall and the devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

How and when do we communicate with the UK and devolved governments?

We conduct an extensive consultation process as part of the development of the British Council’s Corporate Plan. This seeks comments and representations from government departments, other public bodies and major sector organisations on our priorities and focus. 

We maintain ongoing close working relationships and communication with Whitehall departments and the UK’s devolved governments.

The British Council Chair meets annually with the Foreign Secretary and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office nominated member of our board. Regular meetings also take place with ministers and officials in all of the departments we work with.

Triennial Review

Read the Foreign Secretary’s endorsement of the British Council’s progress in implementing the 2014 Triennial Review and the next steps for its governance.

How we avoid conflicts of interest between policy support and programme delivery for the UK government

The British Council has skills, insight and relationships to support the UK Government in achieving its international objectives with both policy support and programme delivery. This guidance is designed to eliminate any conflict of interest or unfair advantage that the British Council may derive from its policy support work for the UK Government if it bids for UK Government funding opportunities in education, society and the arts. It is for use by British Council staff and also has implications for UK Government personnel we engage with on policy support and programme delivery.

Read the full guidance (PDF 85kb).