2017 Award Winners
Our award winners highlight the vast array of people who gain so much from learning as adults. Their stories truly inspire all of us and help us recognise that learning is transformational, exciting, rewarding and possible at any age, for any reason and can be for all of us.
Patron's Award Winner
Stephen Bush is our 2017 Patron's Award Winner
President's Award Winner
Talk English is our 2017 President's Award Winner
Our Partners and Sponsors
Find out what our partners and sponsors had to say about Festival of Learning.
Learning for Work Award
Sponsored by NOCN, this award celebrates the achievements of adults who have learnt through an apprenticeship or traineeship, secured employment or a promotion at work, embarked on a new career, or started their own business.
Outstanding Individual Learner Award
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.
Sponsored by NOCN, this award celebrates employers that have used learning to develop and utilise the skills of their workforce to improve productivity, raise morale, increase staff retention and enhance their business performance.
This award recognises the innovative projects and provision that have supported adults to learn in a range of settings.
Social Impact Award
This award celebrates the achievements of learners or tutors who have inspired others around them to embrace learning opportunities and achieve their potential. Sponsored by the WEA in 2016.
Young Adult Learner Award
This award recognises the achievements of outstanding young people (aged 18-25) who have, through learning, transformed their own lives and the lives of their families, friends, their communities, and the places they work.
This award recognises inspirational tutors or trainers who have supported learners, in a range of contexts, to go on to lead successful and rewarding lives.