parent education scheme wins national award
A University scheme providing educational opportunities
to single parents and carers has won a national award for
OPTIMISE project at the Office of Part-Time Education is one
of eleven organisations nationally to win a prestigious New
Learning Opportunities Awards for creative work in adult learning.
The award is worth £500.
awards are presented every year as part of Adult Learners’
Week to schemes which encourage learning among low-skilled
or unemployed adults or people who could benefit most from
of the winning projects will be presented with their awards
at a national event in London on Thursday 20 May, as part
of Adult Learners’ Week, 15-21 May 2004. Minister Alan
Johnson will be attending.
Thomson of NIACE, which organises Adult Learners’ Week,
said, “We hope that the success of this year’s
projects will be an inspiration to the hundreds of others
that on a daily basis creatively address the learning needs
Rathmell, a third year, level two part-time child welfare
and combined social studies student, who is a lone parent
with three children, has been an OPTIMISE student for 2 years.
She said: "Returning to learning and study after so many
years was daunting but OPTIMISE made University more accessible.
The support, guidance and training such as study skills, IT
and assertiveness from the OPTIMISE team was fantastic. This
has been such a positive experience. I have a real sense of
achievement and would recommend OPTIMISE to any lone parent
is jointly funded by the University of Leeds and the European
Social Fund. OPTIMISE has received ESF funding to enable a
further year of the project to be delivered to lone parents
and lone carers at the University and partner institutions
during the 2004/05 academic year.
more information contact:
Vanessa Bridge, Head of Communications, University of Leeds,
0113 343 4030, email@example.com
1. The New Learning Opportunities Awards are made annually
to organisations that provide new and exciting education opportunities
for adults. Judges look for highly original projects that
that have found new ways of reaching their target audience
and of delivering learning to them. The awards are offered
as part of Adult Learners’ Week, which is run by the
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE).
The awards are judged by ten different organisations, who
are also the sponsors of the awards (see note 5). Each organisation
selects one project to win an award of £500. One outstanding
project is chosen to be the overall winner of the New Learning
Opportunities Awards and receives £5,000.
There were 111 entries.
All New Learning Opportunities Awards are presented during
Adult Learners’ Week on 20 May 2004 at a national ceremony
at Cabot Hall, Canary Wharf, London. Details of the ceremony
can be found at http://www.niace.org.uk/ALW/2004/Events/National.htm
Sponsors of the awards are: the British Council, Department
for Education and Skills, Ford EDAP, European Social Fund,
Learning & Skills Development Agency, National Youth Agency,
Open University, UK Online/DfES, UNISON and Universities UK.