Nominate your Adult Learning Initiative for the AONTAS STAR Awards 2021

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AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation is seeking nominations from adult learning initiatives for the annual STAR Awards 2021.

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.

To highlight the diverse range of quality adult learning initiatives taking place across the country, AONTAS welcomes STAR Award nominations in five categories for 2021:

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Learner Voice
  • Social Inclusion
  • Sustainable Development through Education
  • Third-Level Access and Engagement


Two Special Awards will be given for Mitigating Educational Disadvantage through Innovation (during COVID-19), and a European Social Fund Special Recognition Award.

Speaking about the awards, Niamh O’Reilly, Chief Executive Officer of AONTAS said, “This year adult learning initiatives have adapted and reimagined their learning provision including; new ways of recruitment and outreach, online/ hybrid learning and assessment, utilising new methods of communication technology and providing safe spaces for those learners to engage in education.

The STAR Awards provides a brilliant opportunity to recognise the outstanding work in adult learning and also gives initiatives the opportunity to spotlight their excellent work across Ireland and bring national recognition to learners, staff and organisations.”

Since its inception in 2007, thousands of adult learning initiatives across a wide variety of areas – including increasing educational access for all including those with a disability, supporting positive mental health and as part of addiction recovery – have been recognised through the STAR Awards.


To find out more

  • Find out more about last year’s winners and view their videos: click here.
  • Visit our Adult Learners’ Festival Page: click here.


How to Nominate?

  • Start your nomination today and utilise the online saving function.
  • Nominations can be amended right until the deadline.


The deadline for all nominations is Friday, 18th December 2020 at 5pm

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