Monday 15 July 2019

The British Council has launched the sixth year of a prestigious award celebrating the outstanding achievements of the UK’s international alumni around the world. The Study UK Alumni Awards are open to alumni living anywhere outside of the UK, finding and celebrating more success stories of the UK’s alumni.

Award winners and finalists are leaders in their fields who have used their experience of studying at a UK university to make a positive contribution to their communities, industries and countries. The Study UK Alumni Awards celebrate and showcase the impact and value of a UK higher education and raise the international profile of UK alumni, their former universities, and the whole of UK education.

The awards are open to alumni currently residing in any country outside the UK, who have either studied in the UK, at an officially recognised provider of UK university degree level study for a minimum of a term or semester, or who have been awarded a full UK degree level qualification (or higher), by a UK university through a local institution overseas.

UK university alumni can apply themselves or be nominated by someone else from 3 July 2019. Nominations close 1 September and applications close on 15 September 2019. All eligible applicants will be put forward for the global Alumni Awards, and for national level Alumni Awards in Azerbaijan.

Finalists for the national level awards will be announced in December 2019 and winners will be announced and celebrated with finalists at high profile ceremonies. Finalists for the global Alumni Awards will be announced in March 2020, followed by the winners in March/April 2020, and celebrated in a digital campaign that will raise the profile of their story and success. Award winners have the opportunity to raise their international profile, expand their professional networks, and to enhance their careers, through a professional networking visit to the UK.

National level award ceremonies are being hosted in Azerbaijan, China, Egypt, Greece, India, Kuwait, Malaysia, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Turkey. 

In addition, a pilot Lifetime Achievement Award will be operating for the first time in Azerbaijan, to recognise alumni who have studied at a UK university at degree level or higher, more than 15 years ago, and who have contributed significantly to their country’s relationship with the UK.

Notes to Editor

For further information, please contact:

Nargiz Huseynova, English and Education Manager | British Council in Azerbaijan | | +994 (0) 12 497 1593

Einar Iliyev, Marketing Manager | British Council in South Caucasus | | +994 (0) 12 497 1593

For full details on the eligibility criteria and participating countries, please refer to 

For full details about the Study UK Alumni Awards in Azerbaijan, please visit 

For a list of previous Alumni Award winners, see   

Follow the Alumni Awards on Study UK Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Alumni Award categories

Professional Achievement Award 

Recognising UK alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary leadership and achievements in their professional industry, and who can demonstrate the impact and scale of their achievements in their profession, and beyond. 

Entrepreneurial Award 

Recognising UK alumni who are active in initiating or contributing to innovative or creative new ideas, solutions or business opportunities, that have the potential for strong growth 

Social Impact Award 

Recognising UK alumni who have made an exceptional contribution and commitment to creating positive social change and improving the lives of others 

Lifetime Achievement Award – for alumni in Azerbaijan and Greece only 

Recognising alumni in selected countries who studied at a UK university more than 15 years ago, and who have made a significant contribution to the relationship between their country and the UK, as evidenced through their work and its impact in this area.

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We work with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year we reached over 75 million people directly and 758 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. We make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government.

British Council is committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

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