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Congratulations to the Suffolk Adult Learners Awards winners and runners ups 2021

Following the fantastic virtual awards ceremony that took place on Thursday 24 June, we are very happy to announce the following:

  • Learning Project of the Year 

    • Winner: The Allotment (Ruth Moore)

    • Runner Up: Covid-19 Safety Workshop (Ria Towill)

    • Runner Up: Step Up Game Design (Peter Robinson)

  • Learning in Families; Bridging Generations Award  

    • Winner: Maxene Gallant (Realise Futures)

    • Runner Up: Mary Burke-Harding (Realise Futures)

    • Runner Up: Nikki Emberson (Realise Futures)

  • Tutor of the Year 

    • Winner: Sarah Lewis (DanceEast)

    • Runner Up: Darryn Thompson (University of Suffolk)

    • Runner Up: Peter Robinson (Inspire Suffolk)

  • Health and Wellbeing Impact Award 

    • Winner: Community Champions (ICM)

    • Runner Up:  Helene-Jo Wright, Samantha Saye, Sophie White, Tracey Holmes (Realise Futures Group of Learners)

    • Runner Up: Wendy Proctor (GreenLight Trust)

  • Volunteer of the Year 

    • Winner: Selma Guelil (ICM)

    • Runner Up: Charlene Grant (Realise Futures)

    • Runner Up: Banhimitra Ghosh (ICM)

  • Online Learning Award 

    • Winner: Kim Chatfield & Gemma Ellis (Realise Futures)

    • Runner Up: Sophpie White (Realise Futures)

    • Runner Up: Josh Grimwood (Out Loud Music)

  • Pastoral Support Award

    • Winner: Adrian Figg (Realise Futures)

    • Runner Up: Angela Cobbold (University of Suffolk)

    • Runner Up: East Suffolk Youth Employment Service (Inspire Suffolk)

  • Inspirational Learner of the Year 

    • Winner:  Harvey Gurnham Kaur Singh (Realise Futures)

    • Runner Up: Fatima Aharchaou (West Suffolk College Learning Centre)

    • Runner Up: Ryan Skidmore (Inspire Suffolk)


In addition there are two further awards: 


  • Outstanding Services to Adult Education and Training in Suffolk

    • Winner: Christine McGuinness


  • Outstanding Learner of the Year (overall winner from those awarded on the evening) 

    • Harvey Gurnham Kaur Singh

The Awards were organised by University of Suffolk and Suffolk County Council.  Thank you to everyone who nominted and attended the event.

And a massive congratualtions to all of our winners and runners ups - such inspirational stories.

A recording of the ceremony will soon be available here - watch this space!




Miles Cole, University of Suffolk External Relations Project Manager, said “After the disappointment at having to cancel the 2020 Awards due to the pandemic we were determined to celebrate adult learning in Suffolk this year. Unfortunately, we were still unable to hold an award ceremony at the University of Suffolk, but held a live ceremony on-line which was a wonderful event."


Contact: Karen Davis for more information or email

Open for Nominations


Criteria and Nomination Form

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