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York's Adult Learner Awards

Adult learner award Rosemary Dorins

6:39am 23rd May 2013

Adult learners in York are being recognised for their achievements today. One of those nominated for an award is art student Rosemary Dorrins, who's in her 80s. She has been nominated in the Older Learner category of the York Adult Learners Awards.

The ceremony ties in with National Adult Learners’ Week and will be compered by David Smith, Director of York Mind. 

The awards have been jointly organised by a number of adult learning organisations in York who wish celebrate the amazing achievements of adult learners over 18 years old.  City of York Council and York College, the University of York, York St John University, Higher York, the Workers Educational Association, Vital Rail and Aviva are amongst those who are supporting this award scheme.

There are 28 shortlisted nominees across the following categories:

Higher York Award

Most Improved/Biggest Achievement Award

Creative Learner of the Year Award

Learning Through Work Award

Older Learner of the Year Award

Learning Through Science and Technology Award

Learning through Health and Well Being Award

Community Learner - Group Award

Community Learner Award - Individual Award

Linda Harrison, a former York College student who won a Regional Adult Learner Award in 2011, will be the guest speaker at the awards evening.

Councillor Janet Looker, City of York Council’s cabinet member for Education, Children & Young People's Services said: “I am thrilled that we’ve had such a good response to the call for nominations for the York Adult Learners Awards this year.  We have had amazing nominees forwarded for each of the 8 learning categories.  It is a privilege to hear real stories of how students embrace learning, grow in confidence and enjoy gaining new skills.  York has wide and varied learning opportunities for adults and these awards help celebrate the achievements of adult education throughout the city.”

Mike Saunders, Head of Studies for Lifelong Learning and Higher Education at York College comments: "It is important to celebrate the achievements of adult learners in the city and I congratulate all those nominated, they are inspirational people.  By engaging in education as adults, their lives have been changed and they have enriched the lives of others.”

The event will also include the opening of the Inspirations exhibition, a colourful and imaginative collection of art work produced by adult learners on the City of York Council adult education programmes, the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) and Art & Design Access students at York College. The exhibition is open to the public from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th May at Explore York.

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