Mat Wright

Last updated: 9 April 2020, 5pm (GMT time) 

In the light of Covid-19, we wanted to let you know what you can expect from British Council Society in the coming months. 

We understand that this is a difficult time for the society sector and for professionals working in social enterprise, governance and civil society, empowerment of women and girls, sport and justice, security and conflict resolution across the globe. We have always believed that culture connects us and at this time of uncertainty this is more important than ever. 

We’re committed to ensuring that people all over the world have access to culture and cultural connections. We hope that through new approaches to our work, we will continue to provide opportunities for society professionals and sectors around the world during a difficult and unpredictable time. 

At the moment, we are working hard to deliver as many activities as we can while listening and responding to the relevant government and health authority guidance in the countries in which we operate. For example, we are adapting many of our contracts with EU and the UK Government to help respond to the Covid-19 crisis.

Where it is not currently safe or practical to continue as planned, we are putting projects on hold, and we will reschedule them when it becomes possible to resume.

The health and wellbeing of our colleagues, partners and everyone engaged with our programmes and services are our priority during this rapidly evolving situation.

Active Citizens

To find out how the members of the British Council’s Active Citizens community are responding to Covid-19, please visit the Active Citizens website.


The Erasmus National Agency is providing regularly updated guidance to institutions on how to manage the impact of Covid-19 on outward mobility.

Future Leaders Connect

Please check the Future Leaders Connect website for updates on our advanced policy and leadership development programme.

Global Social Enterprise

A new research report titled ‘Innovation and resilience: a global snapshot of social enterprise responses to Covid-19’ was conducted by the British Council in partnership with Social Enterprise UK and United Nations ESCAP and launched on 9 Dec 2020.

Through our partnership with Pioneers Post, we are commissioning a series of articles and podcasts focusing on how social enterprises, impact investors and ecosystem builders are adapting to the crisis.  

Premier Skills

We are working with the Premier League to ensure that the Premier Skills Covid-19 webpage provides the most up to date information on Covid-19.

If you have any questions or concerns, or any suggestions on how we can provide advice and support, then please get in touch with your British Council contact, or use the dropdown menu on the British Council homepage to contact your country team.

You can also read more about what Covid-19 means for British Council worldwide on our website, where you can also find online content and resources to enable you to stay connected.