STAR Awards 2021 Nominations Open

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STAR Awards 2021 Nominations Open: The STAR Awards are an awards initiative coordinated by AONTAS as part of the annual Adult Learners’ Festival to acknowledge the work undertaken by adult learning initiatives throughout Ireland.

The STAR Awards will take on extra significance in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic as we celebrate and acknowledge the incredible work that adult learning providers have done in adapting their provision to ensure that the learners’ needs continue to be met.

The STAR Awards also give initiatives the opportunity to spotlight their excellent work across Ireland and bring national recognition to learners, staff and organising bodies.

STAR Awards 2021 Nominations Open

Nominations are now open for the  2021 STAR Awards for 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 and nutrition.

  • 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.

The deadline to submit your nomination is Friday, 18th December.

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 2021

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


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