Awards will recognise Suffolk’s adult learners

West Suffolk College's Leap Centre in Haverhill
West Suffolk College's Leap Centre in Haverhill

Nominations for the fourth Suffolk Adult Learners’ Awards 2014 have officially opened.

The Suffolk Adult Learners’ Awards, organised by Leap and the Suffolk Partnership for Informal Adult Learning (SPIAL) are being held in order to celebrate the hard work and outstanding achievements by adult learners this past year.

There are a total of nine awards for which people can be nominated which include 65+ Learner of the Year, Tutor of the Year, Learning Project of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.

A further award will also be presented for the Outstanding Learner of the Year.

The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 19 at University Campus Suffolk and once again, BBC Radio Suffolk Breakfast presenter and University Campus Suffolk (UCS) Honorary Graduate, Mark Murphy will be the compère for the evening.

The ceremony provides a unique platform to demonstrate the value of adult learning in the county, including how it covers a vast remit from business enterprise ideas to work and life skills, from apprentice learning to community action.

Miles Cole, Leap project manager, declared last year’s awards ceremony a fantastic success.

He said: “The stories of individual learners and their successful journeys inspired everyone and showed the power of learning to change lives.

“We look forward to recognising more achievements in this year’s celebration.”

Nomination forms can be downloaded from the Leap website;

All nominations must be received by 5pm on Thursday April 17 and should either be emailed back to or sent to Leap Administrator, University Campus Suffolk, Waterfront Building, Neptune Quay, Ipswich, IP4 1QJ.