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Suffolk Adult Learners Awards 2018

This years Suffolk Adult Learners Awards ceremony took place on Thursday 13 September, hosted by BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Wayne Bavin here at the University and was another fantastic night!

The Awards, this being the 8th year, celebrate the hard work and outstanding achievements of adult learners’ over the past year.  


The Awards are organised by the University of Suffolk, the Suffolk Adult Learning Federation (SALF) and Suffolk County Council. 

Miles Cole, External Relations Project Manager at the University of Suffolk, said “We once again heard incredibly moving and inspiring stories of the power of adult learning to transform people’s lives, empower individuals and communities and of the dedication of staff and organisations that provide it. The importance of both formal and informal adult learning in supporting people and in helping to reduce the demands on public services, such as heath, cannot be overstated. Congratulations to all the winners and runners up and all those who were nominated.”

The full list of winners are:

  • Inspirational Learner of the Year sponsored by Suffolk Adult Learning Federation- Winner: Terrie Cornwell-Dunnett nominated by Allison Boggis from University of Suffolk
    • Runners Up: Andrew Darby, Jenny McCusker and Stephen Smith
  • Tutor of the Year sponsored by West Suffolk College- Joe Bailey nominated by Bruce MacGregor from Ipswich Community Media
    • Runners Up: Caroline Elgood and Linda Vines
  • Learning Project of the Year sponsored by East Coast College- ’More Than Mum’ nominated by Bruce MacGregor from Ipswich Community Media
    • Runners Up:iSounds and ICM Syrian ESOL Project
  • Learning in Families; Bridging Generations Award sponsored by Realise Futures- Joint Winners – Michael Goreham nominated by Tina Godbold from Realise Futures, and ‘Time For Us’ parents Shirley Hutchinson, Sarah Evans and Jess Benham nominated by Tina Godbold and Clare Meade from Realise Futures
    • Runners Up: Julie Connery & Kelly Lippett, and Zoe Gibbs
  • Volunteer of the Year sponsored by Suffolk New College- Kennedy Cheng nominated by his wife Iwona Dajnowicz
    • Runners Up: Jean Eyres, Mohammad Mobarak, Sam Kelly, Sara Abbas
  • Health and Wellbeing Impact Award sponsored by Suffolk County Council- Bryony Ryba nominated by Andrew Brooks from the Green Light Trust
    • Runners Up: Charlene Grant and Arkadiusz Wisniewski

In addition there were two further awards:

  • Outstanding Services to Adult Education and Training in Suffolk sponsored by BT- Yannick Limer from West Suffolk College
  • Outstanding Learner of the Year sponsored by the University of Suffolk - Terrie Cornwell-Dunnett

To view a short film summary of the evening, see here.

For information; the criteria, guidance notes and the nomination form can be found here for information and download.

To find out more, please contact Karen Davis on 01473 338649 or AdultLearners@uos.ac.uk.

Award Categories

There are a total of 6 awards for which people can be nominated:

  • Inspirational Learner of the Year
    • (sponsored by Suffolk Adult Learning Federation) – will recognise the achievement of a learner who has broken through barriers to either continue or start learning, working or training.
  • Tutor of the Year
    • (sponsored by West Suffolk College) – will recognise the work of any Tutor (voluntary or otherwise) who ‘goes the extra mile’ to support their learners.
  • Learning Project of the Year
    • (sponsored by East Coast College) – will recognise an outstanding learning project in Suffolk. A project is a defined piece of work lasting less than a year.
  • Learning in Families; Bridging Generations Award
    • (sponsored by Realise Futures) – will celebrate the impact of learning on families and the positive impact that can be achieved by two or more generations of the same family learning together.
  • Volunteer of the Year
    • (sponsored by Suffolk New College) – will celebrate a volunteer who helps within a learning environment.
  • Health and Wellbeing Impact Award
    • (sponsored by Public Health Suffolk) – This award will recognise the achievement of a learner or group of learners and the positive impact on their or others health and wellbeing. This can cover all aspects of wellbeing including mental, physical, social, emotional or financial.

In addition there are two further awards:

  • Outstanding Services to Adult Education and Training in Suffolk
    • (sponsored by BT) - will recognise the time and contribution to learning of the nominee in Suffolk over a number of years. This Award is conferred by the Panel but the Panel is open to suggestions rather than formal nominations.(selected by the judging panel)
  • Outstanding Learner of the Year
    • (sponsored by Univeristy of Suffolk) - this is the overall award and will be given to one of the winners of the above categories. (Outstanding Learner of the Year Award will be chosen by the panel, overall winner from those awarded on the evening)