UK alumni are among the most employable graduates in the world. Thirty-eight per cent of Noble laureates who studied abroad did so in the UK. In India we have thousands of alumni who have returned to contribute in various ways to their communities through professional or social opportunities. These alumni have formed chapters across the country through which they collectively create larger impact through various interventions and engagements. These may include professional and networking support for alumni, especially fresh-returned graduates, or supporting disadvantage communities with monetary or socio-economic/ educational opportunities, building and strengthening the UK’s brand in India, or creating learning and development opportunities for alumni and their communities. 

In recognising the fantastic work being done by these chapters, the British Council is delighted to announce the Alumni Association Honours. We invite alumni associations across various city chapters, and UK universities and colleges to participate in this programme where you will present the work you have done in the last year in a requested submission format and win awards across categories to showcase best practice to your peers across alumni associations nationally. The Association honours will be presented at the annual Study UK Alumni Awards event where the winning chapters will be honoured and get a chance to present their successes and learning to other associations present. 

Alumni UK is the new global network for people from around the world who have studied in the UK as an overseas student. By joining our global Alumni programme, you can grow your worldwide professional network, continue learning and share your experience and expertise with others. You will find resources to develop your career and new opportunities to help you succeed. It’s also a place where you can celebrate your connection to the UK and keep up to date with UK culture and English language.

Opportunity

This is an excellent opportunity for alumni associations to: 

  • Build your association’s reputation and membership through showcasing of the good work done over the years.
  • Professionalise your chapter’s operation and impact as you create an association portfolio.
  • Expand your  network, to learning from others, build your portfolio and create ambitious engagement plans for your chapters.
  • Enjoy the recognition your association deserves for it’s innovative and impactful work.
  • Multiply the your impact and build long-term relationships with local influencers.
  • Build the UK’s reputation and support the UK’s mobility ambitions in India upholding its brand and positive influence in the world.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a legally compliant association
  • Association of British Scholars and University specific Alumni Groups are all eligible to apply

Judgement Criteria

  • Diversity of Membership with young and seasoned alumni, a balance of gender and a range of professions, geographical spread.
  • Presence in traditional or social media and public profile of the association.
  • Social Impact of the work in terms of reach and scale as well as depth of engagement and range of issues.
  • Supporting and mentoring other Alumni and upholding the brand value and image of UK Education.
  • An innovative and comprehensive plan of activities for the next year.

Timelines

  • Forms open for submissions: 10 October 2022 to 15 January 2023
  • Briefing webinar for interested alumni associations: October 2022
  • Evaluation: 16 January to 3 February 2023
  • Announcement: 6-10 February 2023 
  • Ceremony and prizes awarded: March 2023, along with annual STUDY UK alumni awards. 

The Prize

Recognition and paid participation (travel and accommodation) of two members of the Association at the Alumni Awards ceremony, as well as a speaking slot to present your achievements an audience consisting of key British Council stakeholders. 

Free capacity building for members across different UK courses to help career progression and entrepreneurial skills. 

Registration

Click Here to register your interest in the honours.