Friday 31 March 2017

The 2017 US recipients of the Education UK Alumni Awards have been announced.  

The awards aim to demonstrate the impact that a UK education can have upon individuals in countries around the world, as well as to inspire others to reach their potential by studying in the UK. This year the awards are being held in 14 locations - Egypt, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Turkey and the USA.  

Legendary shoe designer and UK alumnus Professor Jimmy Choo, OBE, is Global Ambassador of the Alumni Awards. 

He said: "I’m delighted to support the Alumni Awards 2017 as Global Ambassador. Studying in the UK was an experience that changed my life and contributed to my success today. It is an honor to be supporting today’s recent outstanding UK university alumni by sharing their success stories and positive impact on the world."

UK alumni now living in the US after completing their higher education studies in the UK within the last 15 years were eligible to apply or be nominated for the awards. Created by the British Council and UK higher educational institutions, the awards are intended to recognize the outstanding achievements of alumni who are now using their UK higher education experience to bring benefits to their communities, professions, and countries. 

Award Recipients by Category 

Professional Achievement Award

Recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary leadership and achievements in their professional industry, and who can demonstrate the highest level of integrity and character in their professional career.

Oliver Jeffers - Artist and Illustrator (Ulster University)

Entrepreneurial Award

Successful applicants in this category will be active in initiating, or contributing to, innovative new business opportunities with strong growth prospects. This is the award for self-starters, go-getters and risk-takers.

Terence Yeo - Founder, Investor and CEO of Fusion Optix (University of Cambridge and Loughborough University)

Social Impact Award

The Social Impact Award acknowledges alumni who have made an exceptional contribution and commitment to creating positive social change and improving the lives of others.

Vicki Phillips - Education Strategist and Strategic Advisor (University of Lincoln)

For more information, please contact:

Bryony Inge, Alumni Campaign Manager, British Council London;; +44 (0)207 389 4796.

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. Using the UK’s cultural resources we make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications.

Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. The majority of our income is raised delivering a range of projects and contracts in English teaching and examinations, education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. Eighteen per cent of our funding is received from the UK government.


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