Raise your international profile, build your professional networks and business connections, and win a trip to the UK: just some of the benefits of winning a prestigious Alumni Award.
All selected award finalists benefit from increased PR and press opportunities that raise their profile and share their success with international audiences. Winners of the global awards will be celebrated on a global scale and invited to the UK for networking and professional development opportunity.
Studying in the UK will transform your career prospects by giving you fresh perspectives, inspiring ideas and a degree that’s admired the world over.
UK graduates are among the most employable in the world. They learn differently and think creatively which is why they’re progressing further, being promoted quicker and earning more than their peers who are educated elsewhere.
After you finish your studies, you’ll have benefitted from chances to apply your learning in real work environments. You’ll have learnt from successful leaders in your field, who will have helped you make industry connections before you even finish your studies.
Whatever you decide to do after graduation, you’ll be equipped with the skills and the confidence to take the next step that’s right for you.
As a graduate of a UK university, you’ll be in high demand among global employers. International students who have studied in the UK know that their prestigious degrees are valuable and transformative investments.
You may decide you want to return to your home country or work elsewhere in the world after completing your studies. Speak to your university careers services during your time at university. UK universities have strong links with many global industries, and most have dedicated international careers advisers that can support you in taking your next steps to work internationally.
There are plenty of resources that connect graduates with employers around the world, such as GradLink. Your UK university careers service will be able to direct you to the right resources to support you learn more about the industry you’re most interested in.
Help yourself prepare for your transition into the global jobs market with our free online course Preparing for Work, for international students and graduates of UK universities.
There are lots of options for international graduates who wish to remain in the UK after they finish their studies. The length of your student visa will depend on the duration of your course, but will usually end within a few months, so it is likely you will need to apply for a different visa to remain in the UK.
Here are just some of the other benefits that award winners and finalists have gained since receiving their awards:
- opportunities to connect with people of influence at award ceremonies, and afterwards: Alumni Award winners in India met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Queen’s birthday party celebrations in Delhi;
- Press and PR opportunities and increased national/regional/global profile: Alumni Award winners have been featured in national newspapers of participating countries, for example, the Jakarta Post in Indonesia, and the Daily Graphic in Ghana;
- professional contacts and connections;
- reconnecting with UK university and the UK;
- having a platform to be able to share experiences of UK education/career with others (particularly young people).
- The Study UK Alumni Awards are open to alumni living outside of the UK only (restrictions may apply to British passport holders, see our FAQ from the Top tips page on the right).
Alumni must have studied:
- within the last 15 years (i.e. 2007 – 2022)
- enrolled at an officially recognised body or received a recognised award from a UK higher education institution
- at degree level or above (degree level is defined as band 9 and above on the UK ENIC band framework)
- either at a UK university in the UK, for a minimum of one term or semester, OR awarded a full UK degree level qualification (or higher), awarded by a recognised UK HEI, in their home country (Transnational Education – TNE/long distance).
Professional short courses: alumni are only eligible if the course they studied was at degree level (or above), offered by a recognised UK institution in the UK (and they fulfil the rest of the criteria). Post-doc researchers are ineligible.
- All applicants, except global award winners, from the Alumni Awards in previous years may re-apply if they meet this year’s eligibility criteria. Winners from previous national-level awards will be considered for global awards only.
- Applicants must not be currently employed by the British Council or Gradcore.
- Applicants must disclose if they are an immediate family member of a British Council or Gradcore employee. (In this case, an immediate family member is defined as one’s spouse, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, siblings and immediate in-laws (mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law and sister-in-law). Adopted children and stepchildren are also counted as immediate family members.
- Read and agree to the Terms and Conditions, and the Data Protection/Privacy notices on how data is stored and used
- Enter their first and last name and email address where indicated
- Enter details of the UK Higher Education Institution and award category selected.
All applicants are required to:
- Provide three statements describing their success and achievements within the context of the award category they are applying for, and how it has impacted their community, industry and country; how their experience of studying in the UK/for a qualification from a UK university helped them to achieve their success, and their capacity to be an ambassador for their UK education, including any ongoing links with their institution/UK.
All applicants are required to:
- Accept the entry rules and privacy notice by clicking the box in the application form.
- Click on the button to submit the application.
- Applicants can save their application and complete it later, however, must submit it before the application deadline.
Application Deadline: October 28, 2022Application ClosedOfficial link