Study UK Alumni Awards

The Study UK Alumni Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of alumni and showcase the impact and value of a UK higher education. For the fourth consecutive year, Greece is honoured to be hosting the Alumni Awards in partnership with the British Embassy Athens, the British Graduates Society (BGS) and the British-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce.

There are three award categories:

  • 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 or creative new ideas, solutions 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.

Have you, or someone you know, studied in the UK and gone on to achieve exceptional success? If so, apply or nominate someone for one of the Awards today!

What makes a great application? Read our top tips on the Study UK Alumni Awards website.

Award winners have the opportunity to raise their international profile, expand their professional networks and enhance their careers. The British Council will offer a prize of up to €1,000 to each winner of the three main categories in Greece for a professional development opportunity of their choice. Additionally, each winner of the three main categories in Greece will win a return ticket to a domestic destination, sponsored by Aegean Airlines.

Lifetime Achievement Award

For the first time, Greece is one of the two pilot countries hosting the Lifetime Achievement Award, recognising alumni who studied at a UK university more than 15 years ago and who have contributed to UK-Greece relations. If you know someone who meets these criteria, nominate them for this category to give them the opportunity to be recognised for their outstanding achievements! This is a separate award to the three other main categories with specific Terms and Conditions (PDF, 151 kb). Participants must be nominated by someone else to enter this award category.

Finalists and the winner will be honoured as part of the national level awards only (i.e. they will not be entered into the global awards in addition). The winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award will win a return ticket to London, sponsored by Aegean Airlines.

  • Nominations for the Alumni Awards close on Sunday 13 October; applications on Monday 28 October 2019.
  • Nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award close on Sunday 20 October; confirmation of nominations on Monday 28 October 2019.

Find out more about the awards and read winners’ and finalists’ inspiring stories on the Study UK Alumni Awards website or browse our site to find out more about previous years’ winners and finalists in Greece.

Maria Nikoltsiou: Alumni Awards 2019–20 Ambassador Greece

Maria Nikoltsiou, Alumni Awards 2019–20 Ambassador Greece

We are delighted to have Maria Nikoltsiou joining us as the Alumni Awards 2019–20 Ambassador in Greece!

Maria Nikoltsiou is a journalist, news presenter at Alpha TV and radio producer on Alpha 989 Radio. She was born in Munich, Germany. She completed her first degree in Sociology at Panteion University, Athens, Greece. She went on to postgraduate studies in the UK, where she was awarded a Master of Science in European Studies by the London School of Economics and a Master of Arts in International Relations by the University of Kent. She has been working as a journalist since 1993 in radio, television and newspapers, and has worked as a London correspondent for Sky TV. She has hosted numerous news bulletins and TV programmes. Since 2000, she has been a political editor at Alpha TV and for the last 10 years she has been presenting the midday news bulletin. She also hosts her own show called Portraits on Alpha 989 Radio.

She said: ‘It is a great pleasure and an honour for me to be the Ambassador for the Study UK Alumni Awards 2019–20 in Greece. The opportunity to combine the merits and benefits of a free spirited, yet rigorous, education with exposure to an international lifestyle and a great culture shaped by a spirit of openness and democracy, was indeed a unique one. I am confident that UK universities will remain a pillar of our civilised societies, giving to millions of students unique means and methods to serve their lives and the lives of others, and contribute to social causes as well.’

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