Study UK Alumni Manager

Date: 19-Jan-2023

Location: Cardiff, UKM, GB Belfast, UKM, GB Edinburgh, UKM, GB Manchester, UKM, GB London, UKM, GB

Company: British Council

The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. We work in two ways – directly with individuals to transform their lives, and with governments and partners to make a bigger difference for the longer term, creating benefit for millions of people all over the world. We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise. We connect the best of the UK with the world and the best of the world with the UK. These connections lead to an understanding of each other's strengths and of the challenges and values that we share. This builds trust between people in the UK and other nations which endures even when official relations may be strained. We work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2019-20 we connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications.


Study UK Alumni Manager. 


Pay band: 8
Salary: £33,904  - 41,309 per annum, plus £3,300 London Market Allowance if based in London and excellent benefits such as 32 days annual leave. 
Location: Cardiff, London, Manchester, Edinburgh or Belfast. (The UK Only).
Department: Education, HE & Science
Contract type: Fixed term contract until 31st March 2024
Closing Date: 5th February 23:59 UK Time. 


 You must have the legal right to work in the UK at the time of application. 

The Context:


British Council is a leading organisation in the field of international education. We have offices in over 100 countries and one the largest education networks in the world. Through our UK and global programmes, we reach millions of students, graduates and professionals every year. Two priority areas within our portfolio of higher education work are to support international student recruitment and to develop and maintain a vibrant network of international UK alumni. 


The GREAT Campaign was launched in 2012 by the Prime Minister and is designed to promote the UK as a great place to visit, study and do business. Study UK is a campaign within the wider GREAT campaign, delivered by the British Council, to promote the UK as a study destination to prospective international students


The Study UK Alumni Awards, together with the wider programme of alumni activity, is an important element of the Study UK campaign. The Alumni Awards celebrate and showcase the value of a UK education, and its impact upon individuals, communities, industries and nations. They are delivered in partnership with more than 140 UK universities and more than 120 countries. Each year the Awards receive more than 1200 applications from alumni of UK higher education institutions in 100 countries, representing more than 80% of all UK HEIs. The programme is further enhanced through national award ceremonies taking place in selected countries, and additional alumni activity throughout the year.

In 2022, the British Council further strengthened its programme of work with international alumni by setting up a global Alumni UK programme. This brings together existing activity for alumni across the global network, including the Alumni Awards, and will deliver a wider range of networking and professional development opportunities for alumni globally. A key element of the programme is a digital platform onto which all alumni can register and make connections.

The Opportunity.
 Role Purpose:

To lead the planning and monitoring and to ensure delivery of a global programme of activities for UK alumni (former international students following UK higher education studies) that forms an integral part of the Study UK campaign, and is delivered within the framework of the British Council’s Alumni UK programme. In particular, the postholder will be responsible for:

•    Overseeing the planning, implementation and delivery of a high-profile award campaign on a global scale – the Alumni Awards -  including a global call and support for delivery of national level awards in selected countries. 
•    Overseeing project management, content development and revision, and promotions of the Study UK MOOC to support UK alumni and graduate employability.
•    Ensuring alumni activity in priority Study UK countries is planned, monitored and delivered including meeting budget and impact targets.
•    Stakeholder management: liaising with country teams and external higher education sector stakeholders as required.
•    Ensuring that all alumni activity delivered as part of the Study UK campaign is coordinated and aligned with the wider portfolio of alumni work conducted through the British Council’s Global Alumni Programme.


•    Programme planning and management for alumni activity within the Study UK campaign
•    Successful delivery of annual Alumni Awards programme
•    Monitoring and ensuring successful delivery of Study UK alumni activity in priority countries, including monitoring budgets and impact
•    Continual improvement and development of activities, based on impact monitoring and stakeholder feedback
•    Managing stakeholder relations with key operational contacts at higher education institutions, including chairing the Alumni Award advisory group
•    Coordination with internal colleagues across the Higher Education team, the Study UK campaign team, and with colleagues in selected countries to ensure successful and coordinated delivery of activities
•    Line-management of at least one other colleague
•    Ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion requirements are mainstreamed into programme planning and delivery in accordance with corporate values and guidelines

Requirements of the role:

  • Knowledge and prior experience of having delivered project activity within a UK higher education setting or context.
  • An understanding, based on experience, of international higher education, in particular student recruitment and marketing.
  • Planning and Organising: Level 3.  Develops and reviews the implementation of annual plans for a work group or function, taking account of business and customer requirements and reconciling competing demands

Closing Date:   Applications will close at 23:59 on 5th February 2023 at 23:59 UK Time. 
Additional Information:

Interviews will be held around the end of February 2023. 
You must have the legal right to work in the UK at the time of application.


A connected and trusted UK in a more connected and trusted world.


Equality , Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Statement


The British Council is committed to policies and practices of equality, diversity and inclusion across everything we do. We support all staff to make sure their behaviour is consistent with this commitment.  We want to address under representation and encourage applicants from under-represented groups, in particular, but not exclusively, on grounds of ethnicity and disability.  All disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria are guaranteed an interview and we have Disability Confident Employer Status. We welcome discussions about specific requirements or adjustments to enable participation and engagement in our work and activities.


The British Council is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults who we work with.


We believe that all children and adults everywhere in the world deserve to live in safe environments and have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse, maltreatment and exploitation as set out in article 19, UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) 1989.


Appointment to positions where there is direct involvement with vulnerable groups will be dependent on thorough checks being completed; these will include qualification checks, reference checks, identity & criminal record checks in line with legal requirements and with the British Council’s Safeguarding policies for Adults and Children.


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