West Suffolk College principal recognised for outstanding services

Dr Ann Williams who has received an award for outstanding services to adult education and training
Dr Ann Williams who has received an award for outstanding services to adult education and training
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Principal of West Suffolk College Dr Ann Williams has won an award for outstanding contribution to adult education and training,

Dr Williams, who will retire later this year, was among the winners at this year’s Suffolk Adult Learners’ Awards held at University Campus Suffolk yesterday.

Dr Williams received the outstanding services to education and training in Suffolk at the awards organised by the Suffolk Partnership for Informal Adult Learning and Leap - Learning Enterprise Access Points.

Dr Williams said: “I was really shocked and delighted. I don’t think we should ever forget that education doesn’t stop at 19 and people go back into education. With adult education you meet all sorts of people and it’s fun.”

Dr Williams had her first taste of adult education at the age of 15 when she was doing O level art and says she plans to do more in her retirement.

Also recognised were Sheila Gee from Mildenhall who won 65+ Learner of the Year and Anna Green from Stowmarket who was named Inspirational Learner of the Year.

Stowmarket based Art in Mind and Leading Lives group was named runner up in the Learning Project of the Year.

Mark Murphy from Radio Suffolk who compered the evening, said: “What an event like this proves is that no matter what age,sex or background you come from, there’s nothing to stop you learning something new.”