The City Lit Awards took place on Wednesday 30 March, celebrating the outstanding work and achievements of students, tutors and staff from across the college, as well as the transformation adult learning can bring. Winners were selected by our judging panel from a longlist of nominations from across the City Lit community.
City Lit prides itself on creating opportunities for people to come together to enrich their lives through learning. During the pandemic, we have all truly lived City Lit’s values of being ambitious, imaginative and openhearted. The Awards celebrated those students, tutors and staff who have gone above and beyond during the last two years supporting the City Lit community through an extraordinary period of disruption.
We were delighted to be joined by our Guest of Honour Sir Vince Cable who presented award winners with their certificates.
City Lit Fellow Sir Vince Cable, who has been a strong advocate and supporter of lifelong learning for many years, said: “I am so grateful to be part of tonight’s ceremony. It is wonderful to see how people of all ages and backgrounds come together at City Lit to challenge themselves and transform their lives.”
Mark Malcomson CBE, City Lit Principal said: “I was delighted that Sir Vince Cable was the Guest of Honour at our Awards. The celebration brought together City Lit award winners from across the student and staff community, each of them exemplifying the very best of City Lit. The College has always been hugely proud of our association with City Lit Fellow Sir Vince and his reflections on his personal and family experience of adult education combined marvellously with the economic case around the importance of what we do. ”
Matt Bazeley (CSSC CEO), Sponsor of the Wellbeing Award, said: “We were delighted to be asked by our partner City Lit to support and present the award for Wellbeing at the City Lit Awards evening, which celebrates students, tutors and staff who have gone above and beyond during the past two years. There were many strong nominees, but we felt that Alan Billington was a clear winner who had contributed a great deal to the wellbeing of others, by supporting his team and being a lifeline to the students.”
City Lit’s Ed Breen was this year’s Master of Ceremonies for the evening. City Lit Principal Mark Malcomson CBE and Chair of the Board of Governors Dame Moira Gibb made speeches on the night. Winners were joined by friends and family members in the audience to watch them receive their awards, and the event was followed by a drinks reception in the Gallery & Exhibition Space.