The Study UK Alumni Awards recognises and honours the outstanding achievements of individuals who have enrolled at, or have received a qualification awarded by, a listed or registered UK Higher Education Institution from 2008 to 2023. The distinguished awards programme started recognising talented alumni worldwide in September 2014. For the first time since then, the British Council in the Philippines will be hosting the national-level awards in 2024.
“In our 45 years in the Philippines, the British Council has been privileged to witness the incredible talents that Filipinos has to offer. It is now high time that we shine the spotlight on these outstanding individuals and recognise their exceptional contributions through the Study UK Alumni Awards,” says Lotus Postrado, British Council in the Philippines’ Country Director.
The UK Alumni Awards honours and celebrates applicants who have made a mark in the following fields:
- Science and Sustainability – Recognising alumni who have distinguished themselves through their career and achievements in the world of science and sustainability, and who can demonstrate the impact and scale of their achievements in their profession, and beyond. Areas of work could include, but are not limited to, climate action, clean energy, medicine, sustainable cities and communities, engineering, industry, and construction.
- Culture and Creativity – Recognising alumni who have carved a career for themselves in arts and culture, and who can demonstrate their artistic ingenuity, influence, and creativity. Areas of work could include, but are not limited to, arts, design, humanities, traditional media, music, video, TV, sports and online content and audio-visual media creation (e.g., blogging, vlogging including for YouTube and social media).
- Social Action – Recognising alumni who have made an exceptional contribution and commitment to creating positive social change and improving the lives of others. Areas of work could include, but are not limited to, education, peace and justice and reducing inequality, poverty and hunger and broader humanitarian work or work for social good.
- Business and Innovation – Recognising alumni who are active in initiating and contributing to innovative or creative new ideas, solutions, or business opportunities, that have the potential for growth. Areas of work could include, but are not limited to, entrepreneurship, business, technology and finance.
While this is the first time that the organisation is hosting the Study UK Alumni Awards in the Philippines, Filipino talents has long been recognised by the British Council. In 2018, renowned Filipina filmmaker and Chevening alumna Baby Ruth Villarama received the Global Alumni Award for Social Impact.
“I am very proud that so many Filipinos have chosen to study in universities across the UK. Our higher education institutions have long supported exceptional individuals from across the Philippines. I am delighted that, through these Alumni Awards, we have a new opportunity to recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of Filipinos who studied in the UK, and their contribution to our communicates – both locally and globally,” shared Laure Beaufils, British Ambassador to the Philippines and Palau.
All alumni who are living outside the UK and have enrolled between 2008-2023 from an officially recognised body or received a recognised award from a UK higher education institution are encouraged to apply here.
All applications will be reviewed based on their impact (evidence of tangible impact, and scale of impact, of their work in their profession/community/society), UK influence (evidence of how their UK education has played a key influence in their success and impact), media traction (extent to which their success story is likely to resonate with local/regional/national media in your country of entry, or beyond), potential to influence and inspire (extent to which their story is likely to influence and inspire the next generation of prospective internationally mobile students in the Philippines to choose the UK as their study destination), and quality of application (top 10% applications will be reviewed by an internal/external in-country judging panel for the next stages).
Once the application period closes in October, twenty shortlisted applicants will be announced between November to December 2023. The four national winners will then be revealed between January to February 2024.
To know more, visit https://study-uk.britishcouncil.org/after-your-studies/alumni-awards.