2018 Award Nominations Open Now

Our awards celebrate the many benefits learning can have for everyone, and recognise individuals, tutors, employers and projects where learning has changed lives.

Important guidance and information for nominators and nominees

Following feedback from previous years' nominators, we have launched a new, simpler, online nomination process for 2018.

To help you understand the changes, we have produced new guidance notes for nominators, information for nominees (including an Easy Read version for individual learner nominees) and advice on how to write a good nomination.

The nominator guidance notes include eligibility criteria, timescales and a copy of the nomination questions. This means you can draft your answers and prepare your nomination before accessing the form online.

We strongly recommend you download and read these important documents (below) before starting the online nomination form.

All nominations must be submitted by midday on Friday 5 January 2018.

To download our campaign posters, social media images, logos and more, please visit our resources page

Individual Learners

We're looking for individuals who, through learning, have transformed their own lives and the lives of their families, friends, their communities, and the places they work.

Nominator Guidance (Individuals)

Nominee Information (Individuals)

Nominee Information (Easy Read - Individuals)

How to write a good nomination (Individuals)


We're looking for employers that have used learning to develop the skills of their workforce to improve productivity, raise morale, increase staff retention and enhance business performance.

Nominator Guidance (Employers)

Nominee Information (Employers)

How to write a good nomination (Employers)


We're looking for tutors who have made a valuable contribution to adult learning, and whose dedication and passion to learning has helped their learners change their lives for the better.

Nominator Guidance (Tutors)

Nominee Information (Tutors)

How to write a good nomination (Tutors)


We're looking for innovative learning projects or provision that have had a positive impact on communities and that could be replicated or adapted by other learning providers.

Nominator Guidance (Projects)

Nominee Information (Projects)

How to write a good nomination (Projects)

Reasons to nominate

In this short film, some of last year's nominators tell us why they think you should nominate someone for a Festival of Learning award.


Be inspired

Find out more about last year's winners in this short film montage. Be inspired by their incredible stories and nominate someone like them this year.


Encourage colleagues, partners and other contacts to get involved with Festival of Learning award nominations.

Download logos, social media images, posters and more.