Sarah Deverall, Director British Council Malaysia
Sarah Deverall, Country Director Malaysia (right) with Norish Karim, Entrepreneurial Award Finalist, 2018 ©

British Council Malaysia

Entries to all awards will be judged by a panel of experts appointed by the British Council in the applicant's country or region of entry. All finalists’ applications will be verified by their UK higher education institution.

Shortlisting Timeline

4 September 2018 Applications open at 12 midday BST (GMT+1)
28 October 2018 Deadline for nominations
11 November 2018

Applications close at 23.59 (GMT) 

November & December 2018

Shortlisting of applications, and announcement of national, regional and global level finalists

January 2018 to March 2019

National Alumni Award ceremonies (in selected countries – see FAQs or T&Cs)

April 2019

Global Alumni Awards winners announced

Shortlisting process

The top 30 applications in each region will be shortlisted from all eligible applicants through several stages of judging, including internal and external judging panels involving British Council Regional Directors, Universities UK International, Chevening and Commonwealth, and UK universities, all of whom will review anonymised applications to select the 21 shortlisted global finalists. The global finalists will then be shortlisted by our global judging panel to select the three global winners, one for each of the award categories (Professional Achievement, Entrepreneurial and Social Impact). In addition, a small number of selected countries hosting national level events will conduct their own shortlisting panels, including senior staff from the British Council and the British Embassy/High Commission, to select their national level finalists and winners. All national awards are independent to the global awards.

Judging criteria

All eligible applications will be assessed on the extent to which they meet the following four criteria:

  1. IMPACT: evidence of tangible impact, and scale of impact, of your work (inspired by your UK education) in your profession/community/society.
  2. UK INFLUENCE: evidence of how your UK education has played a key influence in your success and impact.
  3. MEDIA TRACTION: Extent to which your success story is likely to resonate with local/regional/national media in your country of entry, or beyond (global media).
  4. POTENTIAL TO INFLUENCE AND INSPIRE: Extent to which (including capacity and willingness) you and your story are likely to influence and inspire the next generation of prospective internationally mobile students in your country of entry to choose the UK as their study destination.