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Suffolk Adult Learners Awards 2021

Suffolk groups, individuals and learning and training providers are being urged to nominate candidates for the Suffolk Adult Learners’ Awards 2021. 

Following the sad decision to postpone the 2020 awards due to the current pandemic, we are now asking for nominations for the two years 2019-20 and 2020-21.  

The Awards, now in their tenth year, celebrate the outstanding achievements of adult learners’ and their teachers over the past two years, covering learning from May 2019 – April 2021.  


Award Categories

There are a total of 8 awards for which people can be nominated (application form at the bottom of the page)

  • Learning Project of the Year 

  • Learning in Families; Bridging Generations Award  

  • Tutor of the Year 

  • Health and Wellbeing Impact Award 

  • Volunteer of the Year 

  • Online Learning Award 

  • Pastoral Support Award

  • Inspirational Learner of the Year 

In addition there are two further awards: 

  • Outstanding Services to Adult Education and Training in Suffolk (selected by the judging panel) 

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

The Awards are organised by University of Suffolk and Suffolk County Council.  

Nomination forms and guidance can be downloaded here and must be received by 9.00am on 30 April 2021. 

Check out details of the 2019 event. 

View a short video of the ceremony. 

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 are still unable to hold an award ceremony at the University of Suffolk, but we will hold a live ceremony on-line.  

As usual the Awards celebrate the commitment shown by tutors, volunteers, providers and learners’ while demonstrating the impact adult learning has on the lives of individuals. It can be for any kind of learning, it doesn’t have to be formal learning with qualifications – it could be learning that has taken place in a community group, at work etc.  So if you know an individual or a group who has achieved or succeeded beyond expectations, please nominate them so we can celebrate their achievements. We have also added additional awards this year that will celebrate the achievement of a group or individual learning on-line due to the pandemic, and pastoral support provided during the pandemic ”. 


In 2019, Seraphine Twibanire was named as the Outstanding Learner of the Year as well as winning the Inspirational Learner of the Year award. Commenting on her awards she said “I can’t believe it, I am overwhelmed. For anyone wanting to learn I would say the sky is the limit, you just need to work hard.” Seraphine’s husband, who attended the awards with her, said, “She is amazing and really deserves it.” 

This year’s ceremony will be held as a virtual event, on Thursday 24 June 2021. 


Nomination forms and guidance can be downloaded here and must be received by 9.00am on 30 April 2021. 

Contact: Karen Davis for more information or email

Open for Nominations


Criteria and Nomination Form

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