25 Jan 2024

We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the AONTAS STAR Awards 2024!

AONTAS STAR Awards 2024. Graphic shows stars against a green background, and images of people smiling contained in a large letter A. Text reads Health and Wellbeing, Third-Level Access and Engagement, Social Inclusion, Global Citizenship Education, and Learner Voice

The STAR Awards recognise the very best in adult learning in Ireland. This year we are celebrating and acknowledging the incredible adult learning initiatives going on across the country, in support of learners. 

For the 18th AONTAS STAR Awards, we have five categories for adult learning initiatives that support people with: 

The STAR Awards are judged by an independent panel of adult learners, tutors, and other adult learning experts.  

We’re delighted to announce 25 shortlisted initiatives! 

The Shortlisted Adult Learning Initiatives for 2024 are:  

Adult Learning initiatives that support Global Citizenship Education 

Adult Learning initiatives that support Health and Wellbeing 

Adult Learning initiatives that support Learner Voice 

Adult Learning initiatives that support Social Inclusion 

Adult Learning initiatives that support Third-level Access & Engagement 

On the day of the STAR Awards, we will also have Special Recognition awards for initiatives that support Peace-Building and Shared Island work, and for European Social Funded (ESF) initiatives. 

For those not shortlisted, you should know that our panel of judges commented on the high quality of all nominations, with entries from a wide range of inspiring and innovative initiatives. It was a difficult decision to agree a shortlist. 

The judging panel will meet each shortlisted group in person before deciding on the overall winners in each category. Best of luck to all!  

More Information 

The STAR Awards is proudly sponsored by the Open University in Ireland and the Open College Network Northern Ireland (OCN NI), Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), the European Social Fund (ESF), Saolta, and Mental Health Ireland. 

Sponsors will be offering special prizes to all 2024 STAR Award winners. 

We will announce the winners at a special ceremony in Dublin on Friday 8th March – an exciting event to finish our 2024 Adult Learners’ Festival!

The Adult Learners’ Festival, happening this year from 4th to 8th March, is a nationwide celebration of adult learning. It offers organisations and groups the chance to promote the value and benefits of lifelong learning for communities, families and workplaces. It is a chance for groups to reinforce existing partnerships in the community, and to establish new ones. This year’s Festival theme is Everyday Learning Spaces, celebrating how people learn in lots of different places and spaces in communities across the island of Ireland.  

Find out more details about the Festival.

We’ll be sharing more details soon about the STAR Awards ceremony on 8th March 2024 in Dublin, so watch this space! 

Click here to take a look back at the STAR Awards 2023 and see last year’s winners. 

For further details contact Rachael Ryan, AONTAS Head of Communications: