Introduction

Below are the Study UK Alumni Awards 2019 Entry Rules (Terms and Conditions) and how we store and use information you provide to us via your application/nomination form. All nominators and applicants must click ‘Yes, I accept’ for all boxes on the application submission page in order for their application or nomination to be submitted and considered for the Study UK Alumni Awards.  

Terms and Conditions

Alumni Award applicants/nominators must:

  • Accept responsibility for maintaining the confidentiality of the User id (email address) and password used to access the Alumni Awards portal.
  • Notify the British Council of any unauthorised use of their User id and/or password
  • Provide personal information that is in all respects true, accurate and up to date and is not, in any respect, misleading, deceptive or inaccurate or likely to mislead or deceive.
  • Notify the British Council immediately of any relevant changes in their application/nomination at any stage during the application process.
  • Applicants must re-confirm the accuracy of their application should they be selected as a finalist.  

If you do not provide your personal data, The British Council will be unable to process your application.

Privacy Notice

The personal information provided by applicants/nominators will be used by the British Council in accordance with the UK Data Protection Act 2018 and any relevant local law, for the purposes of managing the Alumni Awards and checking references as described in section 7 of the Terms and Conditions. The information will be used by the judges to assess the applications in line with the judging criteria in section 5 of the Terms and Conditions.

Nominators’ information as entered on their form will be shared with the person they are nominating. All nominations and applications will be shared with the nominees’/applicants’ former UK university/ies. The British Council may also share personal information with trusted third parties, including an external shortlisting agency, reference checking agencies, and applicants’ former scholarship awarding bodies, when necessary to fulfil the purposes stated above. You agree that the information that British Council holds/shares about you will be treated as confidential and will only be disclosed to any other party:

  • as detailed in this notice and in the terms and conditions document (i.e. your former UK university/ies, scholarship awarding bodies, external shortlisting agency, judging panels and reference checking agencies), or at your request and with your consent
  • to investigate or prevent fraud

Under the UK Data Protection Act 2018 you have the right to ask for a copy of the information we hold on you and the right to ask us to correct any inaccuracies in that information. If you have concerns about how we have used your personal information, you also have the right to complain to a privacy regulator. If you want to find out more, please contact your local British Council office or visit our website: https://www.britishcouncil.org/privacy. All information we hold about you will be held securely and deleted after seven years in accordance with British Council data retention policies.

Please read the Study UK Alumni Awards terms and conditions below and check the tick box on the submission page of your application to agree.

1. The Study UK Alumni Awards

The Study UK Alumni Awards (The “Alumni Awards”) are operated by or on behalf of the British Council to recognise and honour the outstanding achievements made by alumni who have studied at, or for a qualification awarded by, a listed or registered UK Higher Education Institution.

Alumni submit one application, which will be considered for the Global Alumni Awards. If their country of residence is one of the selected countries (see below) also hosting national level Alumni Awards, their application will also be considered for those awards in addition to the Global Awards. National level awards are run concurrently, but separate to, the Global Awards.

The 21 finalists for the global awards (three award categories x seven global regions) will be celebrated digitally via a campaign on Study UK social media. The three global award winners will be celebrated digitally and will be awarded with return flights to the UK, to build their professional networks, raising their profiles and supporting their careers.

There are three award categories at each award level. These are:

  • 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 and creative new ideas and solutions, and/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

Alumni can apply for one of the above three categories only. The Judging panel reserves the right to move applicants into a different award category.

Countries hosting national level Alumni Awards

  • Saudi Arabia
  • Oman
  • Egypt
  • Kuwait
  • Qatar
  • Turkey
  • Pakistan
  • India
  • Mauritius
  • Greece

2. Eligibility

3. Alumni Award dates

The opening date of the Study UK Alumni Awards 2019 is on 4 September 2018. The closing date for nominations is 28 October and all applications is 11 November 2018 at 23.59 (GMT) except Qatar, deadline is 15 October 2018 at 23.59 (GMT), nominations to be received by 1 October 2018.  Any entry received before the opening date or after the closing date will not be accepted. The British Council accepts no responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem with any system, server, provider or otherwise that may result in any entry being lost, delayed or not properly registered.

Applicants whose application is found to be ineligible will be notified from 12 November 2018 onwards.

All Alumni Award finalists will be notified by 31 January 2019. Winners of national level awards will be announced between December 2018 and March 2019.

Winners of the global level awards will be announced in March/April 2019. This notification will be made to the email address provided by the applicant when registering for the Study UK Alumni Awards in accordance with section 4 of these Entry Rules.

4. How to enter

The Alumni Awards will be promoted through the British Council official channels including the website https://study-uk.britishcouncil.org/ and through third party channels e.g. UK universities. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Applicants may apply themselves, or be nominated by someone else. Alumni who have been nominated by someone else will receive an email confirmation of their nomination and must also complete and submit the rest of their application form before the application/nomination deadline.

All applicants and nominators must access the application portal link via the https://study-uk.britishcouncil.org/alumni-awards/enter/apply page and then follow these steps:

  • 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, and if nominating someone else, enter the contact details of the person they are nominating.
  • Enter details of the UK Higher Education Institution and award category selected.

All nominators are required to:

  • state the capacity in which they know the person they are nominating
  • provide a short statement summarising the success story and achievements of the person they are nominating, the impact they are making, and why they deserve to win an award.

All applicants/nominees are required to:

Provide three short 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 and nominators are required to:

  • Accept the entry rules and privacy notice by clicking the box in the application form. (unbold ‘entry rules’)
  • Click on the button to submit the nomination/application

Applicants can save their application and complete later, however must submit before the nomination/application deadline.

Unsuccessful applicants may reapply for the Study UK Alumni Awards in subsequent years, however they must submit a new application form as per the application process and terms and conditions for that year. Winners of Study UK Alumni Awards are not permitted to reapply to the competition in subsequent years.

Finalists will be asked to provide their CV/resume and a reference. Global Award finalists will also be asked to submit a one-minute self-made video highlighting their work and their impact, and the influence of their UK education. They will also be required to provide their passport scan and employer details, and to complete a consent form for a reference checking agency to carry out verification checks.

Applicants’ data will be shared and verified with the alumni’s UK Higher Education Institution as well as the British Council in the UK and overseas. The British Council reserves the right to independently check all information provided by applicants and referees.

Should the applicant be found to have submitted false information, and/or have provided falsified information through referees in support of their application, the applicant will be disqualified from the Alumni Awards. Any titles already awarded (finalist or winner) will be removed from the applicant during or after the Alumni Awards.

5. Selection of winning entries and award ceremonies

The Alumni Awards will consist of a multi stage selection process. Alumni applicants submit one application only. 

After application closing date(s), all applications will be reviewed by an external agency to ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria, and to select the top 60 applications (20 x 3 award categories) in each of the seven worldwide regions (Middle East and North Africa; Americas, East Asia and the Pacific, Sub Saharan Africa, Europe, Wider Europe, South Asia). 

Applications will be reviewed and assessed by an external agency, based on the selection criteria provided by the British Council. Given the large number of applications we receive, the shortlisting agency will first review the answers to the questions on scale of impact, influence of UK education on success, and potential capacity to be an ambassador for UK education, and will only progress the applications of those who score a competitive mark in those questions. 

The agency will provide a shortlist of candidates per region to the British Council which will then be forwarded to the relevant regional judging panel. Regional judging panels, consisting of 21 internal and external judges (three per region) will then select six runners up and three winners from their region, producing a shortlist of 21 regional winners, and 42 runners up in total. 

Applications of the 63 winners/runners up, as well as finalists at any national level awards are verified by the applicants’ UK HEIs. 

A global shortlisting panel, consisting of nine high profile judges, will then review the 21 global finalists’ applications; i.e. the seven regional winners in each of the three award categories (Professional Achievement, Entrepreneurial, and Social Impact) to select the three global award winners of these categories. 

In a separate process not linked to the Global Awards, British Council country offices who are hosting national level awards will review applications from alumni in their respective countries and select the top 10%, followed by an internal/external in-country judging panel to select the finalists and winners for their national awards. 

Judging criteria

Judges will review all applications against the same judging criteria (listed below). Applications that demonstrate the highest levels of evidence of meeting each of the criteria will be awarded the highest scores. The highest scoring applicants will be selected as finalists. The judging panel reserves the right to move applications into a different award category, based on the skills and experiences described in their application. The 21 winners of the regional level awards will be asked to submit a one minute video as described in section 4) above, as part of the judging process, and for use on social media. 

National award finalists may be invited to take part in a short interview with the judging panel.   

Applications will be assessed on the extent to which they meet the following five criteria:

  • Scale of impact in their industry society and country
  • UK influence: evidence of particular aspects of their UK education that helped them to achieve their success
  • Media traction: extent to which the alumnus/na’s story is likely to resonate with
    • local/national media - for national level awards, or
    • global media - for global awards
  • Inspiration to the next generation of prospective students
    • in country of entry - for national awards, or
    • internationally– for global awards
  • Quality of application  

All of the above are marked out of 5, except for ‘Scale of Impact’ which is marked out of 8 (0 = zero impact; 8 = outstanding impact).

The judges’ decision is final and binding. The panel of judges will include at least one member who is independent of the British Council and Alumni Award sponsors/partners. The Alumni Awards reserves at its sole discretion the right to not to make any particular award in any given Category or disqualify any entry that does not meet the entry requirements. 

No correspondence will be entered into with unsuccessful applicants.

6. Celebrations of winners and finalists

Three global award winners (one per award category) and 18 runners-up will be celebrated digitally, via a global social media campaign on Study UK social media platforms. There will be no physical award ceremony. The three global award winners will be invited to the UK for a professional networking opportunity to build their skills and capacity, and support the ongoing development of their careers.

Additionally, in selected countries, national award winners will be announced online and/or at in-country events. Finalists of national level awards will be informed by their local British Council office about the format of the Alumni Awards celebration in their country.

In cases where countries are hosting national award ceremonies, national level finalists who are invited to and choose to attend are responsible for covering their own expenses, including accommodation, subsistence, visas, insurance, international or domestic travel costs or other ancillary costs arising out of participation in The Awards, unless otherwise expressly stated by the British Council.

National level finalists invited to an Award Ceremony in their country will be provided with one guest ticket (free of charge) to accompany them. In addition the British Council will invite a representative from finalists’ UK Higher Education Institutions. Conditions stated in section 7 and 9 in this document also apply to guests.

If the country or location of an Awards Ceremony becomes unsafe due to an event of Force Majeure, the British Council reserves the right to cancel an Award Ceremony with immediate effect. Attendees will be responsible for any cancellation charges on flights, accommodation and any other costs that they may incur in respect of such cancellation.

7. Personal data

The British Council will collect and store the names and email addresses of all applicants and the additional application details as anticipated by section 4 above. The British Council will use this personal data for the following purposes:

  • managing the relationship between the applicants and the British Council; 
  • communicating with applicants to answer their queries about the Study UK Alumni Awards; 
  • communicating with all applicants as to the status of their application, and any further documentation required;
  • validating and sharing all data provided with the applicant’s UK University; 
  • marketing and publicity in accordance with section 8 below. 

If an applicant is selected as a finalist, the British Council may use the facilities of reference checking agencies and/or contact the finalists’ referees to verify information provided in finalists’ application forms and references. 

Where an applicant has consented to the British Council doing so, the British Council may contact the applicant using the personal data collected to provide information about the goods, services, courses or promotions that the British Council offers. 

By participating in the Study UK Alumni Awards, applicants consent to their personal data being processed by the British Council in accordance with, and for the purposes set out in, this section 7. 

Applicants can exercise their rights to access their personal data held by the British Council and withdraw their consent to the processing of their personal data. Further information on this process can be found on the British Council’s corporate website

8. Publicity and rights

The British Council intends to publish the names and photographs of the finalists and winners on the British Council’s, and partners’, websites and social media pages, press releases and in other promotional and marketing material. In addition, the British Council may write and publish articles about the finalists and winners. Publicity material of winners and finalists will be shared with their UK Higher Education Institution. By entering the Study UK Alumni Awards, each applicant agrees to the use of their name and image and agrees to co-operate with any such publicity or marketing if they are selected as an Alumni Award Finalist or Winner. 

By entering the Alumni Awards each applicant grants the British Council, Alumni Award Partner organisation and own Higher Education Institution, free of charge, permission to use the entry material in any way it wants (including, without limitation, modifying and adapting it for operational and editorial reasons) in any media worldwide. Each applicant confirms that the entry material is their original work, is not defamatory and does not infringe any English laws, that they have the right to give the British Council and their former UK university/ies permission to use it for the purposes specified above, and that all necessary consents for the submission of the entry material have been obtained. 

All rights in the British Council’s name and logo, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter pages, press releases and other promotional and marketing material and all course and examination content and materials (together the “Council’s Materials”) shall vest in and remain with the British Council (or its licensors). By participating in the Study UK Alumni Awards, applicants agree that they will not use, broadcast, publish, export, exploit, reproduce nor copy part or all of the Council’s Materials.

9. Photography and Recording

If you are invited to, and attend, a national Award Ceremony, or if you are selected as a global award finalist or winner, you agree to the following: 

  • I agree to the British Council photographing and/or recording me and give permission to the British Council to use any material in the photographs and/or recordings where the copyright or any other rights are owned by me and waive all my moral rights and performers’ rights (if any) in the photographs and recordings; 
  • I confirm that the British Council and partners shall be entitled to use the photographs and/or recordings made of me in their original format or edited, adapted or altered, for the purposes of the British Council’s internal and external promotional and publicity materials and for any programmes, publications, websites, electronic publications and social media services worldwide produced by or on behalf of the British Council and partners; and 
  • I agree that the British Council and partners shall be entitled to pass the photographs and/or recordings of me, and my name, to external press and media agencies, publishers and broadcasters, Higher Education Institutions and to partners and other third parties with which the British Council works, anywhere in the world, for the purposes of the Alumni Awards.

All Alumni Award finalists will be asked to provide a professional style photograph and images of them demonstrating their careers, and a short personal summary to be used for social media/event purposes.

10. Prize

Finalists and winners will benefit from their global profile being made more visible through press and publicity opportunities via digital media campaigns.

Three global winners will be invited to the UK to take part in a professional networking visit.

UK visa and entry clearance: your UK visa application will be processed through your local British Embassy who have the discretion to decide whether to approve or reject your UK visa application. The British Council will provide you with the necessary supporting documents but cannot guarantee the outcome of your visa application.

The British Council does not provide travel insurance. Global winners should take out Personal Accident Travel insurance for their time overseas. This should include the following standard elements of cover:

Medical costs for treatment in case of illness or accidental injury

Benefits for permanent disabling injuries, e.g. rehabilitation and living costs

Benefits for death and costs of repatriation

Cover for loss or damage to your personal belongings

Cover for cancelled flights, e.g. if the airline goes out of business or on strike

Personal Liability cover. This provides legal support and covers financial costs if you cause injury or property damage to others and are found personally liable.

24hr emergency assistance helpline.

Many policies also have Legal Expenses cover, which is recommended in case the global winner needs legal assistance while overseas.

The global winner should remember to save the emergency contact number for their travel insurance to their mobile phone, keep a copy of the insurance policy in a safe place and give their insurance policy number and the emergency contact number to their next of kin.

Liability

(a) The British Council does not exclude or limit in any way its liability to the Participant for any death or personal injury caused by the British Council’s negligence, any fraudulent misrepresentation by the British Council, or any liability which cannot be excluded by law.

(b) Subject to paragraph (a), no liability is accepted by the British Council for:

  • loss of or damage to property belonging to the global winner or anyone travelling with the global winner (for example, watches, jewellery, cameras or clothing); or
  • losses or additional expenses incurred by the global winner due to delays or changes in travel services, sickness, weather, strikes, riots, war, quarantine or any other cause beyond the British Council’s reasonable control; or
  • any special, indirect, consequential or pure economic loss, costs, damages, charges or expenses.

Subject to paragraphs (a) and (b), the British Council’s total liability to the global winner in contract, tort (including negligence or breach of statutory duty) misrepresentation, restitution or otherwise arising under or in connection with these Programme rules, or the global winner’s participation in the visit, shall be limited to £300 for that global winner.

11. General

The British Council may disqualify or refuse to accept the entry of any applicant which does not meet the eligibility criteria in section 2 or does not otherwise comply with these Entry Rules. 

These Entry Rules shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and the courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any disputes or claims (including, without limitation, non-contractual disputes or claims) arising out of or in connection with the Alumni Awards. 

The Website may include links to third party websites that are controlled and maintained by others. Any link to other websites is not an endorsement of such websites and you acknowledge and agree that Alumni Awards is not responsible for the content or availability of any such sites. 

12. Acceptance and Entry Rules

By participating in the Study UK Alumni Awards, nominators and applicants are deemed to have accepted these Entry Rules. Please tick the box on the application submission page to agree terms and conditions (mandatory field).

13. Enquiries

Applicants/nominators/general enquirers may direct their general inquiries to the Alumni Awards’ dedicated email address AlumniAward@britishcouncil.org. Enquiries will be replied to within five working days.