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Students shine at 2013 Learner Awards ceremony

Staff, students and supporters of WAES gathered last month in Westminster for the 2013 Learner Awards ceremony to celebrate the commitment and contributions of Westminster’s top achieving adult learners.

With over 70 nominations across seven categories, all candidates were individually recognised and presented with a certificate by the Head of Service, Barbara Holm.



Award winners included Jassim Laftaly (pictured above) who was recognised for his progression to University following his Counselling course at WAES and ceramics student Maria Do Carmo Riezzo (featured alongside her work in this programme) for outstanding progress and achievement in her area of study.

The esteemed Learner of the Year award was presented to Rim Al-Enazy for exceptional contribution and efforts with her study.


This year the prestigious event was timed to coincide with the NIACE Adult Learners' Week, a celebration of lifelong learning. Neil Grimston, Chair of the WAES Board of Governors addressed the crowd in congratulating all learners for their efforts as well as praising the hard work of the organisation’s inspirational tutors.

Learners from the WAES DJ course entertained guests at an afterparty with their newly-acquired skills, rounding off an evening of celebration.


2013 Learner Award winners 


Faculty of Creative Arts & Vocational Studies Awards

  • Christian Yanga
    Award for Outstanding Commitment
  • Maria Do Carmo Riezzo
    Award for Outstanding Progress and Achievement
  • Jassim Laftaly
    Award for Access to Higher Education

 Skills for Life and Community Awards

  • Zoe Kumaramangalam
    Award for Outstanding Commitment
  • Tom Bettinson
    Award for Progress and Achievement

 Westminster Adult Education Awards

  • Errol Clauzel
    Lifelong Learner Award
  • Keirissa Gardiner
    Award for Positive Contribution to WAES life
  • Rim Al-Enazy
    Learner of the Year Award

Congratulations to all our nominees and winners of the 2013 WAES Learner Awards!

Jassim Laftaly's inspirational story about his experiences and his Counselling course can be viewed on our website - read it here...


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