Inspiring, emotional, and motivating were just some of the words used to celebrate the cream of Suffolk’s adult learners at a ceremony held at the University of Suffolk.
The Suffolk Adult Learners’ Awards, organised by Suffolk County Council and the University of Suffolk, made a welcome return as an in-person event after last year’s celebration was held online due to the pandemic.
Last year’s recipients were invited back to join this year’s awards winners and runners up at the event which was hosted by Cad Taylor from BBC Belongings and The Hive, Ipswich.
Awards included Learning Project of the Year, Outstanding Apprentice of the Year, Tutor of the Year and Health and Wellbeing Impact Award.
Miles Cole, External Relations Project Manager at the University of Suffolk said: “What a fantastic event.
“It was so wonderful to be back together again, hearing all of the amazing learning journeys that have helped transform people’s lives.
“We have heard such inspirational stories from everyone and they should be so proud of themselves for achieving what they have achieved.
“Thanks to all who came to celebrate and thanks to Cad Taylor for being such a brilliant MC for the night.”
Professor Helen Langton, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Suffolk presented the final two awards and paid tribute to all those who continue their learning journeys as adults.
She presented the Outstanding Services To Adult Education and Training in Suffolk Award to Wing Yu Ho, Data Manager at Suffolk County Council who was described as a “true team player” with “unsurpassed skills”.
Wing came to the UK when she was 17 from Hong Kong and the data service she works is crucial to the smooth running of the Adult Education Service.
The Outstanding Learner of the Year Award went to James Sharrock who has overcome personal problems including anxiety and depression and is volunteering for the Green Light Trust.
Guests at the awards ceremony heard how James referred himself to the charity which supports people from all backgrounds to rebuild, reawaken or refocus their lives through the power of nature.
All winners and runners up received certificates and winners also received a glass plaque.
Photographs by Ashley Pickering
University of Suffolk Press Office