1)The British Council’s research team conducted an online survey to gather insights from young, educated, and engaged citizens from around the world between 25 August and 15 September 2020. 1,486 people from 78 countries responded. The aim of the project was to better understand how the UK’s international capabilities, policies and actions are perceived abroad. The survey questions were provided to the British Council by four Select Committees. The responses published here are those most pertinent to the inquiry by the Foreign Affairs Committee into ‘the FCO and the Integrated Review.’
2)With limited time available for conducting the research prior to the conclusion of the UK’s ‘Integrated Review’, the decision was undertaken to work with an opportunity sample that drew upon seven different British Council international alumni networks, including the Future Leaders Connect programme and Active Citizens. As such, respondents all had experience with the British Council and had previously agreed to be contacted for the purposes of research and further opportunities for cultural and educational exchange with the UK. Engagement with the British Council has a proven positive impact on wider perceptions of the UK and so the responses to the survey are likely to be more positive about the country than a random sample of the general population.
3)A large amount of responses to the survey were received from Nigeria (490). Where this impacted significantly on the results, the data is disaggregated and presented with and without Nigeria. The other countries with significant numbers of respondents were the UK (91), Kenya (86), Pakistan (78) and Vietnam (74). There were only 19 responses in total from EU member states. Where respondents haven’t answered questions, we have reported this as an answer of ‘don’t know’ as indicated in the questions.
4)Key findings included that:
Published: 22 October 2020