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Awards success for Adult Learners

Two students from the University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning won accolades in the annual Adult Learners’ Week Awards ceremony at York Explore.

Sharon Harrison and Helen BattySharon Harrison was joint winner of the Higher York Award for adult learners, having achieved a Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences. After starting her studies at the University via an Aimhigher community-based learning opportunity, she progressed to campus-based classes, undertaken a broad suite of modules, and proved an inspiration to both her peers and family. 

Helen Batty was awarded the Creative Writer of the Year award for her outstanding work on a collaborative programme with York Mind entitled Ekphrasis (the process of one art form acting upon another). Tutored by Lizzi Linklater, Helen developed her skills in a variety of written and visual forms and gained University accreditation for her final submission.

Lesley Booth, Director of Community Relations and Lifelong Learning said: “Events such as this are vital to the city, and demonstrates what a positive and powerful learning force the University is within York. Sharon and Helen are outstanding advocates for the transformative power of adult learning, and their well-deserved successes will hopefully encourage others to return to learn in the future.”

The Centre for Lifelong Learning’s new programme of open access study will be unveiled in early July 2013, but courses are still open for registrations at www.york.ac.uk/lifelonglearning.