AONTAS STAR Awards 2022 Nominations Now Opened

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AONTAS STAR Awards acknowledge the fantastic work undertaken by adult learning projects throughout Ireland.

The STAR Awards (Showcasing Teamwork, Awarding Recognition) celebrate the positive contribution that these projects make to individual adult learners, local communities and wider society.


The winning initiatives receive:

Recognition: A hand-crafted award that symbolises the high level of recognition for your work

Peer Learning: The opportunity to partake in peer-led training in 2022

Additional Prizes: Will also be given to support and promote the winners and shortlisted groups


Adult Learning Initiatives that Support:
  • Health and Wellbeing

    This category is open to adult learning initiatives that support increased health and wellbeing for participants, for example mental health, physical activity, recovery from addiction, nutrition and sporting projects.

  • Third-level Access and Engagement

    This category is open to adult learning initiatives that support educational equality by providing access to adult learners from low income backgrounds/learners with disabilities into Third-level programmes and/or initiatives that promote partnership between higher education providers and local communities

  • Social Inclusion

    This category is open to adult learning initiatives that support all participants to effectively engage with their local community and contribute to social and cultural life, examples may include initiatives that provide participants with access to information and communication technologies.

  • Sustainable Development through Education

    This category is open to adult learning initiatives that support one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through adult learning, these initiatives will promote a learners’ knowledge, growth and participation as they actively explore sustainable development through education.

  • Learner Voice

    This category is open to adult learning initiatives that place Learner Voice at the heart of their work by building capacity of learners to increase their personal Learner Voice skills or using Learner Voice to shape their learning or the organisation’s governance structures. Examples of this may include training learners in advocacy or governance skills, building effective learner voice processes into quality assurance standards, or demonstrating clear evidence of change that directly responds to Learner Voice feedback.

  • Special Recognition Award for Mitigating Educational Disadvantage through Innovation (during COVID-19)

  • Special Recognition Award for a European Social Fund (ESF) Initiative

AONTAS seek to increase the visibility, raise the voice of, and promote the value of adult learning. is Ireland’s largest part-time course finder database, with thousands of part-time courses, evening, morning and weekend classes and adult education courses to choose from. You’ll find your perfect course on

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