The aim of the WEA Awards is to recognise and reward exceptional students, tutors, volunteers, staff and partners. 

Anyone working, teaching, volunteering or studying with the WEA in England or Scotland between 1st January 2016 and 21st August 2017 can be nominated for one of the relevant categories.

This year we are adding new award categories, recognising that partnership is a key way of working for the WEA and “Social Impact” to capture the broader transformational nature of WEA provision.

Nominations open on 6th May 2017 and remain open until 21st August 2017.

2017 categories: 

  1. WEA Student of the year: The degree to which achievement  and/or progression can be identified in light of any specific challenges faced
  2. WEA Student Group of the year: The degree to which collaborative learning has demonstrated the WEA’s commitment to excellence and distance travelled        
  3. WEA Volunteer of the year: The degree to which the individual has added value to WEA activity and demonstrated a commitment to social purpose 
  4. WEA Branch of the year: The degree to which the branch has facilitated the WEA’s approach to education and learning brought in new students and raised the profile of the WEA  
  5. WEA Tutor of the year: The degree to which the WEA’s commitment to excellence can be demonstrated through the impact of the WEA approach to education and learning on students’ achievement and progression   
  6. WEA Staff Member / Team innovation of the year: The degree to which innovative practice has developed new business and/or new educational or administrative approaches
  7. WEA National Partner of the year: The degree to which a strategic partnership has enabled WEA to raise profile, influence the sector and raise educational aspirations 
  8. WEA Regional Partner of the year: The degree to which a partnership has enabled WEA to maximise resources, raise educational aspirations and enable students to achieve their potential.  
  9. WEA Social Impact award: The degree to which an individual/group, through their passion and determination, has inspired others around them to embrace learning opportunities and achieve their potential.
  10. Olive Cordell Skills for Life Tutor of the Year: The degree to which the tutor has shown outstanding commitment to students and delivered high quality and motivating teaching with good results for students
  11. Olive Cordell Skills for Life Student of the Year: The degree to which the student has overcome substantial barriers to learning, achieving beyond their own expectations and inspiring fellow learners

Each English region and Scotland will also select one individual, group or partner from their local nominations to receive their regional award.  Award winners will be invited to attend the prestigious Awards event, sponsored by KPMG, in early November 2017.

We are looking for stories and evidence based nominations that demonstrate the ethos of the WEA in practice.

Nominations will be judged against how well they embody the vision of the WEA and have made an impact.  We will also be asking partners and supporters to sponsor individual awards.

You can nominate someone for an award by completing this on line form

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WEA_Awards_2017

You can download a word version of the form to help you when drafting. Please provide evidence to support your nomination