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City Lit Fellows

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.

HRH Princess RoyalHRH Princess Royal

HRH The Princess Royal

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. 

 

Gillian AndersonGillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson OBE

Award-winning film, television, and theatre actress, Gillian Anderson OBE, received her City Lit Lifetime Fellowship Award from Chair of the Board of Governors Dame Moira Gibb in 2018.

Ed BallsEd Balls

Ed Balls

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...

Mary BeardMary Beard

Professor Dame Mary Beard

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 BlackmanMalorie Blackman

Malorie Blackman OBE

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.

Nick BolesNick Boles

Nick Boles MP

Nick Boles MP served as Minister for Skills in the Departments for Education and Business, Innovation and Skills from September from 2014 until July 2016.

Gary BourletGary Bourlet

Gary Bourlet

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. 

Sir Vince Cable Sir Vince Cable

The Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable

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.  

Dame Evelyn GlennieDame Evelyn Glennie

Dame Evelyn Glennie

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. 

Antony Gormley OBEAntony Gormley OBE

Sir Antony Gormley OBE

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.

Baroness Sheila HollinsBaroness Sheila Hollins

The Rt. Hon Damian Hinds MP

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.

Baroness Sheila HollinsBaroness Sheila Hollins

Baroness Sheila Hollins

The first fellowship was awarded to Baroness Sheila Hollins who has made an outstanding contribution to education for adults with learning disabilities in the UK and overseas. 

David Lammy MPDavid Lammy MP

The Rt Hon. David Lammy MP

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. 

Andrea LevyAndrea Levy

Andrea Levy

In 2016, Andrea was awarded a City Lit Lifetime Fellowship in recognition of her commitment to adult education in the UK, and the huge inspiration her writing and career provides City Lit students.

LuluLulu

Lulu

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. 

Jonathan MillerJonathan Miller

Francesca Martinez

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.

Jonathan MillerJonathan Miller

Sir Jonathan Miller

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 MirzaMunira Mirza

Munira Mirza

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.

Grayson PerryGrayson Perry

Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE

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 PerryGrayson Perry

Grayson Perry CBE

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 Ruth SilverDame Ruth Silver

Dame Esther Rantzen

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 SilverDame Ruth Silver

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 StuartNick Stuart

Nick Stuart CB

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.

Carol Stott MBECarol Stott MBE

Carole Stott MBE

Carole Stott MBE, is a former Chair of the Board of Governors of City Lit and during her tenure we were recognised with an outstanding Ofsted rating and the Investors in People Gold Award.

Jeremy SwainJeremy Swain

Jeremy Swain

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.

Ruby Wax OBERuby Wax OBE

Ruby Wax OBE

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.