City Lit Fellowships were established by the Board of Governors in 2015. City Lit Fellowships are awarded to individuals who have shown a significant commitment to adult education in the United Kingdom and who have provided support and inspiration to City Lit and our students.
In April 2019, HRH The Princess Royal received The City Lit Centenary Fellowship in recognition of her commitment to adult education, when we welcomed Her Royal Highness to present the City Lit Centenary Awards.
Ed Balls is a broadcaster, writer and economist. In 2016, we welcomed Ed Balls back to City Lit to discuss his political career, life after Strictly Come Dancing, and how the speech therapy classes at City Lit helped him manage his stammer...
Professor Dame Mary Beard is one of Britain’s best-known Classicists – a distinguished Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Newnham College. She has written numerous books on the Ancient World. In addition, Mary presented highly acclaimed TV series.
Malorie Blackman OBE has a long connection with City Lit as a former student attending diverse courses with us since the late 1980s. Having written over fifty books, Malorie is acknowledged as one of today’s most imaginative and convincing writers for young readers.
As co-founder of Learning Disability England, Gary Bourlet is passionate about representing those with learning disabilities. Gary is a former City Lit student, and we’re incredibly proud of his achievements and outstanding advocacy on learning disabilities.
The Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable was Leader of the Liberal Democrats and MP for Twickenham until 2019. As Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills he was steadfast in his personal commitment in protecting funding for adult skills.
Performing worldwide with the greatest orchestras, conductors and artists, Dame Evelyn Glennie’s solo recordings are as diverse as her career on-stage. A double GRAMMY award winner and BAFTA nominee Evelyn is a composer for film, television and music library companies.
As a renowned artist and sculptor Sir Antony Gormley OBE has made a huge contribution to the arts in the UK. One of his best known works is the ‘Angel of the North’, a public sculpture in Gateshead in the North of England.
The Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP has previously been Minister for Employment and Secretary of State for Education. Damian became an MP in 2009 and has been instrumental in championing lifelong learning and advocating the many alternative routes to employment other than university.
The Rt Hon. David Lammy MP is a huge advocate of adult education and a great supporter of City Lit. He is the leading voice in parliament and beyond in raising awareness of the importance of adult education and the critical need for a national strategy.
As Guest of Honour at the 2017 City Lit Awards, Lulu spoke passionately about City Lit and enthused about our students and their achievements. Students and staff alike were deeply impressed by her warmth and wowd by her rendition of 'Shout' with the City Lit Percussion Orchestra.
Francesca Martinez is a former student of City Lit and now best known as a comedian, writer and unflinching campaigner. She describes her cerebral palsy condition as being a ‘bit wobbly’ and has not allowed it to hold her back from being the first woman to win the coveted Open Mic Award.
Sir Jonathan was a distinguished theatre and opera director, in addition to his talents as an author, photographer, sculptor, broadcaster and a qualified doctor. Sir Jonathan was an active part of City Lit's family.
Munira Mirza is a Former Deputy Mayor of London who has worked for a range of cultural and charitable organisations including the Royal Society of Arts, the independent think tank Policy Exchange and Tate.
Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE has had a hugely successful corporate career which he attributes to the kindness of his school headmaster. In 2015, Her Majesty the Queen appointed Sir Ken as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Greater London and he was knighted in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List for services to business and philanthropy. Sir Kenneth is Founder and Chairman of Restoration Partners.
Grayson Perry CBE, is an award-winning artist who works in a variety of media, including embroidery and photography, yet he is best known for his ceramic works: classically shaped vases covered with figures, patterns and text.
Dame Esther Rantzen is a national hero. She has had a long career as a journalist, broadcaster and relentless campaigner. Dame Esther set-up Childline in the 1980s to provide counselling for children suffering abuse and then, following the death of her husband, she established Silver Line in 2012 to combat loneliness for older people.
Dame Ruth Silver
Dame Ruth Silver is the founding President of the Further Education Trust for Leadership, an independent think tank focusing on the leadership of thinking in and about the FE and Skills system. She was the Principal of Lewisham College and writes and broadcasts extensively on educational matters and is deeply committed to economic and social inclusiveness.
Nick Stuart was educated at Oxford then worked at the Department for Education and Science. He went on to hold a number of posts as Director General in the Education and Employment Departments between 1987. In 2001 he retired as Director General for Lifelong Learning.
Jeremy Swain began working with homeless people in 1980, starting as a volunteer. After working in a variety of paid roles including as a street outreach worker he progressed to be Chief Executive of Thames Reach.
As an adult learner Ruby Wax is a wonderful role model demonstrating the positive impact adult education can have in not only enhancing mental wellbeing but also supporting a change in direction later in life.