Outstanding Individual Learner Award Winners
This award celebrates remarkable individuals who, through learning, have transformed their own lives and the lives of their families, friends, their communities, and the places they work.
Oriana joined the Working Men’s College through a referral from Kings Cross Hospital trauma clinic, and her return to education gave her the confidence to pursue her dream of becoming a writer.
A full-time carer for her grandfather, having already cared for her terminally ill grandmother in her teens, Danielle put her education to one side. However, still in her 20s she defied her critics and achieved a Degree from the Open University.
"I stumbled into adult learning by accident, but I’d scream it from the rooftops if I thought I could get one person like me to go through the doors and back into education."
Habib came to the UK from Afghanistan at the age of 16 without his family and without any English. Ten years on, he has a degree and is working for a charity supporting people like himself.
James Smith, known as Jimmy, returned to learning after being inspired to pursue a career as a paramedic following assistance he gave at the scene of a serious medical emergency.
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On a mission to help change the lives of vulnerable women and girls in Nigeria, Joyce has returned to learning to develop her construction skills.
Living in care, Diana experienced a difficult start in life, and has had to overcome significant barriers on her learning journey into higher education.
Brandon was diagnosed with Autism and although he attended a specialist school, as a teenager he found his educational choices and potential were limited. Studying at Derwentside College has transformed Brandon’s life and his academic and career prospects.
Juljan became addicted to alcohol and drugs as a young adult, but after returning to education he is now a successful manager, passing on his skills to others.