25 March 1999

British Council announces the launch of INDEV

INDEV: India's Development Information Network will be launched by Baroness Helena Kennedy, QC on 26 March 1999 at 10.30 am at:
The British Council Auditorium
17 Kasturba Gandhi Marg
New Delhi 110001.

Professor M S Swaminathan, President, M S Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai will be the Chief guest during the occasion.

The INDEV project was initiated by the British Council in partnership with the development community in India, OneWorld Online in the UK, and the National Informatics Centre, India. The project is supported by the UK Department for International Development.

INDEV: India's Development Information Network is a web-site where all relevant information about development activities in India are found. Apart from holding four databases: organisations, projects, documents and statistics, INDEV publishes daily development news on the web. The INDEV web site also has meeting rooms for development experts to participate in debates and exchange of ideas. INDEV is the first portal site of development organisations in India and will act as a gateway to development information on India.

Please visit or for more information.

The contact for this project is Shadrach, BC Delhi

24 March 1999

British Council announces next Director-General

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Chair of the British Council, announced today (Wednesday 24 March) that the Board has decided to appoint David Green as the Director-General to succeed Acting Director-General, Tom Buchanan.

David Green has been Director, Voluntary Service Overseas since 1990. From 1976 until 1990 he worked for Save the Children.

Recruitment was by public advertisement and executive search.

Commenting on his appointment, David Green said, ‘I believe passionately in the increasing importance and real potential of the British Council and will devote my time and energy to making it directly relevant to Britain’s new role in the global society.’

Baroness Kennedy said, ‘We warmly welcome David Green to the British Council. His experience of managing a UK-based international organisation will be extremely valuable and his first-hand knowledge of life overseas will help him understand the issues we face with offices in over 230 towns and cities world-wide. He has a clear sense of the vital role which the British Council plays in promoting the best of Britain abroad and his personal skills will add to the many strengths of the organisation.’

2 February 1999

Hornby Trust funding available now for teachers of English

The Hornby Awards are bursaries which can fund up to half the cost of fees for the British Council's summer schools for English Language Teachers.

Every year the A.S. Hornby Educational Trust kindly provides the British Council's International Seminars in Oxford with funds specifically to be used for helping foreign teachers of English to attend our ELT (English Language Teaching) summer schools. The Trust was set up to further the pioneering work of A.S. Hornby, the 'father of teacher training for ELT', whose Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary has been in print for over 50 years and is famous the world over.

In 1999 there will be six of these events which will last for between two and three weeks in July and August. Our summer schools will help you update your knowledge on the latest ELT methodology, whilst also giving you an excellent opportunity to learn more about Britain. Up to 50 or 60 delegates may attend some of the summer schools, so you will also have the opportunity to meet ELT colleagues from all over the world.

The bursaries can cover up to 50 per cent of the fees (that's up to £800 for some of the summer schools). Priority is given to applicants from developing countries and from the newly emerging democracies.

For further information see International Seminars pages and/or send an e-mail!

D and AD student award brief


Design a product that will physically transform British environments overseas into places which project modern Britain

Exhibition Design Brief Environmental transformation kit
Sponsored by the British Council and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office 


Overseas properties used by the British government provide a huge opportunity to showcase the creativity and contemporary energy of Britain to a diverse audience ranging from leading politicians to language students. The FCO and British Council use around 500 properties globally, ranging in scale from large missions to single rooms within embassies or other institutions. Some have little character, others are impressive statements of contemporary architecture. Most have a public area of some kind - a small foyer or reception, an exhibition space or auditorium, a library, reading area or occasionally a cafe. Both agencies are keen to find ways which are economical, temporary and swift to make these public environments more striking and informative. The transformation may be provoked by a specific occasion or event, or by a longer-term need. 

Creative Requirement

The Product
Design one of the following, making it a vehicle for the content of your choice: 

  • A display module w100 x d100 x h220 cm which could house for e.g. a product, TV or interactive computer
  • 6 x A1 posters
  • An installation for a window facing the street w170 x h250 x d60 cm
  • A 15-minute looping video
  • A series of audio experiences comprising soundtrack and a physical interface
The Content
Choose and develop one of the following as the content of your product: 
  • An industrial, creative or public sector in Britain e.g. design, transport, education, music, health
  • A cultural, political or social theme e.g. the millennium, language, cyberculture, urban regeneration, rural Britain, the National Lottery
  • An individual British product e.g. Eurostar train, Dyson's vacuum cleaner, Dazed & Confuzed magazine, Lloyd Loom chair, the new Tate Gallery at Bankside
  • An individual(s), or an organisation of contemporary significance e.g. Martin Amis (writer), Bob Ayling (businessman), Rachel Whiteread (artist), Cheek-by-Jowl (theatre company), you ('ordinary' person)
Special Considerations
The product should:
  • Be informative
  • Although it is essential that students understand the nature and purposes of the FCO and the British Council, the product should be a representation of Britain, not of clients who set the brief.
  • Be globally appealing and sensitive to local cultures
  • Have minimal text and incorporate a means of displaying translation
  • Be packable, reusable and manufacturable in multiple copies
  • Arrest attention
Special Information
You can find out more about the British Council and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and view examples of their offices around the world by visiting the websites as follows:  Additional Prize
The winning student will be offered a placement in the British Council's Design Department working on the production and management of a touring exhibition or similar spectacle to be delivered overseas. 

The British Council and the FCO will consider putting the winning concept into production for distribution in January 2000. 

Brief set by
Emily Hayes, The British Council
Edward Hobart, Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Alex McCuaig, MET Studio 






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