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.

Outstanding Individual Learner Award - National Winner

Lee Hughes

"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."

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Outstanding Individual Learner Award - National Winner

Habib Rezaie

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.

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Outstanding Individual Learner Award - National Winner

James Smith

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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Outstanding Individual Award - National Winner

Geraldine Crimmins

"The overwhelming result of studying is that it has given my life a renewed meaning and purpose."

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Outstanding Individual Learner - Regional Winner

Juljan Sula

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.

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Outstanding Individual Learner - Regional Winner

Lesley Reece

“I have never believed in myself before. The change in me has been massive and my confidence has grown. I now feel that I can begin to look forward to a brighter future.”

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Outstanding Individual Learner Award - Regional Winner

Liz Curry

Liz discovered the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) online, and found an art course of interest - from that first session, Liz’s learning journey began, and “it’s like magic.”

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Outstanding Individual Learner Award - Regional Winner

Stephen

Stephen was forced to cut his 22 year career short because of his ill-health. But his drive to keep working pushed him to find new skills and new meaning to his life.

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Outstanding Individual Learner Award - Regional Winner

Steven Tyrell

Steven was serving a four year sentence at HMP Winchester, but after completing qualifications in prison he is now in sustainable employment.

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Outstanding Individual Learner Award - Runner-up

Vera Benfield

"I never had the opportunity to participate in ballet as a child and I didn’t realise there were opportunities for adults to take it up any time in life. These ballet classes have made me realise ...."

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