Transformation through Adult Learning

ECA Chair & CEO Bernard Godding was delighted to be a guest at the 18th Adult Learners Award Ceremony.


The event, which from its small early beginnings has become a major festival in the national calendar, took place at the QE2 Centre, Westminster on the 15th May 2009. It marked the end of the Niace organised ‘Adult Learners Week’ which celebrates the energy and inspiration that adults bring to their learning, also aiming to encourage more and different adults to take up learning, individually, in groups or as a family.


Various events and taster sessions are held during Adult Learners’ Week across the country which inspire thousands of people to take up learning each year, whether it is learning a new skill, learning for fun, or catching up on learning missed at school.


Hosted by TV and radio presenter Phillipa Forrester, who had returned to learning as an adult herself, gaining a degree at Birkbeck College in London, the day recognised the dedication and commitment of people and groups to learning. Over 20 awards were presented including National Senior Learner of the Year Award, Family Learners of the Year Award, A Right to a Voice National Award and National Opening Doors to Adult Learners Award. To see a list and video profile of winners please click here.


Princess Anne, the Princess Royal presented many of the Awards as the guest of honour at the event.


Bernard said, “Once again the stories of individual Award winners were heart-warming and provided a potent commentary on the transformational power of adult learning. As was rightly commented, the Award winners were representative of the huge number across the country whose life course, family and community connections have been enriched and strengthened through a diversity of new learning steps”.

Date Added: May 21st 2009