I contributed to the WEA Parliamentary Friends event at the House of Commons and helped shape the 2012 inaugural Workers’ Educational Association Awards.
I am able to contribute to the WEA as an ambassador by promoting the Association through extensive networks, working with the media and developing case study material.
Professor Kelly recently retired as the Director of the Centre of Public Health at NICE and is currently working at the University of Cambridge. He has a long-standing interest in health and social inequalities and will be supporting the WEA in its activities in these areas. From 2005-2008 he was the co-leader of the Measurement and Evidence Knowledge Network of WHO’s Commission on the Social Determinants of Health.
In my role at Unite the Union, I began to work with the WEA and get involved in projects helping students improve their skills and qualifications. In 2013 we came to the WEA looking to develop an online ESOL course that could be used offline. This was a great success and won a NIACE Adult Learners Week Award. Since then, I have become a part-time WEA tutor and found a passion for teaching. Helping people improve their language skills has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. As an ambassador, I hope to share my journey and promote the remarkable work of the WEA.
I left school without qualifications and found it hard to engage with people. I enrolled in a WEA course and discovered my interest in art. After the course, I set up a follow-on group where we could continue our work. I won an award at the national WEA Awards and decided to become a WEA Ambassador. I plan to use this platform as a means of talking to potential students about the WEA.
My involvement with the WEA has been many and varied: I’ve been involved in setting up courses, working on strategic plans and running workshops. In 2009 I co-founded ‘Democracy Matters’, an alliance with the WEA for learning practical politics. I’m particularly interested in learning for democracy, citizenship, global issues and practical politics.