Leap joined forces with the Suffolk Partnership for Informal Adult Learning (SPIAL) to organise the first Suffolk Leaner of the Year Awards.
The ceremony took place on Thursday 19 May at the UCS Waterfront Building in celebration of Adult Learners Week, with a total of eight awards given out on the night.
BBC Radio Suffolk Breakfast Show presenter and UCS Honorary Graduate, Mark Murphy, was the compère for the night, while UCS Provost and CEO, Professor Mike Saks, presented the award for Outstanding Learner/s of the Year.
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Award Winners and Runners-up
65+ Leaner of the Year
Sponsored by Eastern Enterprise Hub
Winner: Vivian McNamara, 85
Runners-up: Claude Riches 85, Barry Spilling 73, Bernice Durrant 84, Fred Driver 75 and Pat Overett 66
Inspirational Learner of the Year
Sponsored by Leap
Winner: Teresa Buckland
Runners-up: Ryan Day, Thandasing Thapa and Mary-Louise Owen
Tutor of the Year
Sponsored by West Suffolk College
Winner: Digby Chacksfield from School for Social Entrepreneurs Suffolk
Runners-up: Treeza Sodah from Workers Education Association and Anne Gisby from Community Learning and Skills Development.
Learning at Work
Sponsored by Suffolk Chamber of Commerce
Winner: Caley Dean
Runners-up: Louise Eagle and Yvonne Weeks
Learning Project of the Year
Sponsored by CSV Media
Winner: PASTEL Community Interest Company
Runners-up: ACTION (Accessible Training and Integration of Overseas Nationals)
Outstanding Family Learner of the Year
Sponsored by SCC Community Learning and Skills Development
Winner: Ali family
Runners-up: Scarce family and Hayley Reilly
Volunteer of the Year
Sponsored by Suffolk Partnership for Informal Adult Learning
Winner: Alan Jenkins
Runners-up: Claire Harris and Wendy Allen
Outstanding Learner of the Year
Sponsored by University Campus Suffolk
Winner: Ali family