Celebrating the achievements of alumni in Jordan

When outstanding individuals receive a world-class education in the UK, the effects can last a lifetime. The Alumni Awards shine a light on the impact that alumni of UK higher education institutions are making in their chosen field, and how this was sparked by their studies in the UK.

The British Council has launched the eighth year of a prestigious award celebrating the outstanding achievements of the UK’s international alumni around the world. 

The Study UK Alumni Awards are open to alumni living anywhere outside of the UK. Award winners and finalists are leaders in their fields who have used their experience of studying at a UK university to make a positive contribution to their communities, industries and countries. The Study UK Alumni Awards celebrate and showcase the impact and value of a UK higher education and raise the international profile of UK alumni and their former universities.

The awards are open to alumni currently residing in any country outside the UK, who have either studied in the UK, at an officially recognised provider of UK university degree level study for a minimum of a term or semester or who have been awarded a full UK degree level qualification (or higher), by a UK university through a local institution overseas, within the last 15 years. 

There are four award categories:

• Science and Sustainability Award 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: Climate action, clean energy, medicine, sustainable cities and communities, engineering, industry and construction. 

• Culture and Creativity Award recognising alumni who have carved a career for themselves in arts and culture. We are looking for individuals who can demonstrate their artistic ingenuity, influence and creativity. Areas of work could include:  Arts, design, media, video, TV, music, bloggers, vloggers, Youtubers and the humanities. 

• Social Action Award 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: Reducing inequality, poverty and hunger. Education and upskilling. Peace and justice.

• Business and Innovation Award 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: Entrepreneurship, business, technology.

Have you studied in the UK and have gone on to achieve exceptional success? If so, apply for one of the Awards! 

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

Some of the benefits of winning a prestigious Alumni Award:

  • Raise your international profile through global press and digital coverage
  • Build your professional networks and business connections
  • Win a professional networking visit to the UK
  • Each category winner will receive a prize of 3000 GBP to support their professional development 


05 October 2021

Applications officially open  in Jordan                   

29 October 2021

Applications close at 16.00 (BST)

November 2021

Shortlisting of applications  

30 January 2022 

Alumni Awards winners announcement ceremony

March to August  2022

 Global Alumni Awards finalists announced and celebrated via social media

September 2022

Global Alumni Awards announced

Applications for the Study UK Alumni Awards are now closed. 

The finalists and winners of the global Alumni Awards will be announced in 2022 and celebrated in a digital campaign that will raise the profile of their story and success. Award winners have the opportunity to raise their international profile, expand their professional networks, and enhance their careers, through a professional networking visit to the UK (subject to global Covid-19 situation).

Meet this year's shortlisted applicants/finalists

Among stiff competition from a variety of strong applicants, these candidates stood out. Find out what makes their story unique.

collage of 11 alumni awards finalists along with the official logo of the competition
Photo credit © Jordan finalists 2021

Science and Sustainability Award

Derar Abdel-Qader, University of Manchester/ University of Huddersfield

Derar is an Associate Clinical Professor and Consultant Pharmacotherapist (Infectious Diseases). He is an Education Entrepreneur and enthusiastic researcher and speaker in patient safety and infectious diseases. Derar has been a leading COVID-19 pandemic champion nationally and regionally for the last two years. Derar’s work has been instrumental in combating COVID-19 pandemic misinformation, saving thousands of patient lives.

Bushra Zalloom, Birmingham City University

Bushara Zalloom is the first Jordanian architect holding a PhD in the social sustainability of urban landscape, from BCU since 2015. Bushra is the head of Architecture Department and the first female holding this position at Zarqa University. She is using all her capabilities to inspire students and benefit humanity.

Mohanad Odeh, Queen's University Belfast

After earning his Clinical Pharmacy PhD degree from the United Kingdom, Mohanad Odeh established the Pharmacy Management & Pharmaceutical Care Innovation Centre at Hashemite University. As Assistant Professor, he helped also to lunch new pharmacy branches in Jordan. He is the Strategic Consultant for Queen’s University Belfast, and the International Ambassador of the British Pharmacological Society. 

Almoayied Assayed, University of Surrey

Dr. Almoayied Assayed is the Director of Water and Environment Centre at Royal Scientific Society (RSS) of Jordan. He received his PhD from University of Surrey in 2014. As part of his PhD, he had developed innovative model for onsite water reuse and urban food production, which was later commercialized and is now benefiting more than 20,000 people in Jordan.

Culture and Creativity Award

Edelina Joyce Issa, University for the Creative Arts

Edelina is the founder and fashion designer behind 'Edelina Joyce', a Jordanian womenswear brand. Drawing on her British education and experience with renowned brands, including Victoria Beckham Ltd., she devised the Fashion curriculum for Design Institute Amman, where she has lectured and mentored over 200 aspiring local designers since 2017.

Tariq Alrimawi, University of South Wales/ Loughborough University

Tariq Alrimawi is an award-winning director and academic. In 2010, he graduated with a MA in Animation from University of South Wales. In 2014, he completed his PhD from Loughborough University. Tariq established the Animation & Multimedia Department at the University of Petra in 2016.

Safaa Jahameh, University of Bolton

Dr Safaa Jahameh, Assistant Professor at Applied Science Private University, earned a PhD from university of Bolton – UK., 2019, her research are related to visual Islamic design, such as Arabic Calligraphy, Illustrations, Ornamentations, She teaches Islamic art, graphic design, she is a reviewer in Scopus journals.

Social Action Award

Laith Alfalah, King's College London

Laith Alfalah is a psychiatrist dedicated to improving the quality and accessibility of mental health services in the Middle East. He holds a MSc degree in Child and Adolescent Mental Health from King’s College London. Laith focuses on enriching the Arabic mental health content and his work reaches thousands of people.

Leen Al-Jabary, University of Liverpool

Inspired by values from the National health Service and evidence-based knowledge of best dental practices, Dr leen works with non-profit organisation in Jordan to reduce inequality in dental healthcare services for the underserved communities. She focuses on promoting awareness by targeting school children and replicating experiences of successful oral health campaigns run by the NHS.

Business and Innovation Award

Analle Abuammar, University of Southampton/Cardiff Metropolitan University

Analle is a Data Science team lead, who has an experience working with international companies in integrating Artificial Intelligence(AI) in education and Arabic language technologies. With a record of three papers and three patents.

Analle holds a Masters degree in AI from University of Southampton as a Said Foundation scholar.

Noor Abu Jbara, University of Warwick

Industrial Engineer, holds MSc Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the University of Warwick and got Said Foundation scholarship. Noor is the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Supervisor at TheTank by Umniah and the Founder of SHEE. She is Trainer/Mentor for startups and worked as Consultant/Researcher in the Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Women Empowerment and Management Consultation fields.

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