Nominations invited for Adult Learners Awards

Nominations are being called for by City of York Council for the city’s annual Adult Learners Awards which, in the year of the Tour de France coming to York, has an extra award to help celebrate learners’ achievements.

The special cycling-inspired award aims to recognise a learning achievement connected with bikes: maybe someone who’s overcome illness or disability and learned to ride, or perhaps a participant who’s gone the extra mile in the Painting Through York project.

All awards are open to anyone undertaking further education or training of any type, whether for qualifications, work or leisure and nominations must be submitted by Sunday 27 April. Shortlisted candidates, together with their tutor and nominator, will be invited to the Adult Learners Award ceremony in York on Thursday 19 June.

The awards have been organised by adult learning organisations in York to celebrate the achievements of students, pupils and learners aged over 18 years old. City of York Council, the University of York, York College, York St John University, Higher York and the Worker’s Educational Association (WEA) are amongst those backing the scheme.

Thousands of adults undertake further education or training in York every year taking advantage of opportunities ranging from full-time educational courses to hour-long, weekly evening classes.

This year there are nine categories of awards – one more than last year – for those attending courses, work or community-based opportunities.

The award categories are:

  • Higher York award – supported by Higher York
  • Most improved learner / biggest achievement – supported by York College
  • Creative learner of the year – supported by the University of York
  • Learning at work – supported by Babcock
  • Learning project – supported by York Museums Trust
  • Informal Learning Group – supported by Explore Libraries ad Archives
  • Learning through health and wellbeing – supported by Learning City
  • York Grand Départ – new this year and supported by City of York Council
  • Learning into work – supported by the WEA.

Nominations are invited from tutors, learners, friends, family, clubs, associations and the general public. Forms are available from receptions at educational establishments, learning venues, libraries or online at or (01904) 552817. The closing date for entries is Sunday 27 April.

To find out more about Adult Learning opportunities in York, visit or call the council’s adult learning booking line on (01904) 552086.

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