Just 10 days are left for nominations for a prestigious awards ceremony that recognises exceptional students and staff in adult education.

The WEA Awards, run by the Workers’ Educational Association and sponsored by auditing giant KPMG, is fast approaching its August 21 deadline.

Now in its fourth year, the awards are open to anyone working, teaching, volunteering or studying with the WEA between January 2016 and August this year.

Eleven categories are open for applicants, including two new categories which recognise “partners” in adult education and those who have made a great “social impact” (a full list of categories can be found here).

Stories and evidence-based nominations must demonstrate “the ethos of the WEA in practice”.

Ruth Spellman, the chief executive of WEA, said the awards celebrate the “extraordinary achievements” of those who have “transformed their lives, and the lives of those around them, through lifelong learning”.

“It is vital to celebrate the adult education sector, where all too often many achievements go unrecognised,” she told FE Week. “Many of our students are achieving educational success for the first time and have struggled against the odds to get there.”

As well as the 11 categories, each region will also select one individual, group or partner from their local nominations to receive a regional award.

The awards ceremony will take place November 2 at one of KPMG’s private member spaces in London.

FE Week is the media partner and will be reporting the full results as they happen.

Main image caption: WEA chief executive Ruth Spellman (centre) with some of the winners from the WEA Awards 2016

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