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Suffolk Adult Learners’ Awards 2018- open for nominations

17 May 2018 4:00PM

Suffolk groups, individuals and learning and training providers are being urged to nominate candidates for the Suffolk Adult Learners’ Awards 2018.

The Awards, now in their eighth year, celebrate the outstanding achievements of adult learners’ and their teachers over the past year. 

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

  • Inspirational Learner of the Year
  • Tutor of the Year
  • Learning Project of the Year
  • Learning in Families; Bridging Generations Award Volunteer of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Health and Wellbeing 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, the Suffolk Adult Learning Federation (SALF) and Suffolk County Council. Adnams are the award ceremony drink sponsor.

Miles Cole, University of Suffolk External Relations Project Manager, said “These 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.”

Marius Daniel Banceanu was named as the Outstanding Learner of the Year as well as winning the Inspirational Learner of the Year award.

Commenting on his awards he said “Since I was a child I wanted to become a doctor, I really want to achieve my dream. When I was at school I saw how people saw me as different and because of this I was always last in the queue but I never gave up, I kept going. When I came to the UK it was hard because I didn’t know English but I learnt little by little and now I translate for my friends. Thank you for the awards, this country is a blessing for me.”

This year’s ceremony will be held at the University of Suffolk Waterfront Building, Ipswich, on Thursday 13 September and will be hosted by BBC Radio Suffolk presenter and Wayne Bavin.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from and must be received by 12 midday on Thursday 21 June 2018.


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