AONTAS STAR Awards 2022

The AONTAS STAR Awards recognise outstanding work in adult learning and are open to all groups/ organisations across the island of Ireland. The STAR Awards give initiatives the opportunity to spotlight their excellent work and bring national recognition to learners, staff and organising bodies. Winners will receive a specially crafted trophy, promotional video, sponsors prize, and other opportunities with AONTAS. If you are part of, or know of an adult education initiative, that deserves to be highlighted please visit:

STAR Award Categories for 2022

  • Health and Wellbeing – Mental Health Ireland
  • Third-level Access and Engagement – The Teachers’ Union of Ireland
  • Social Inclusion – The Open University in Ireland
  • Sustainable Development through Education – Concern Worldwide
  • Learner Voice – Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)

Please note that there will be two special awards given in 2022. All nominees that are eligible for these special awards will be considered.

  • Special Recognition for a European Social Fund (ESF) Initiative – European Social Fund
  • Special Recognition for Mitigating Educational Disadvantage through Innovation (during COVID-19) – Open College Network Northern Ireland (OCNNI)

The Deadline for completed nominations is Monday, 22nd November at 5pm.
Visit the nomination portal here
To find out more about the AONTAS STAR Awards please visit the AONTAS website here

If you are unsure if your project is eligible or would like to hear more about the STAR Awards, you can join AONTAS on Wednesday, 10th November for an information webinar. AONTAS staff will host this fun information session for those thinking of, or in the process of entering the annual AONTAS STAR Awards (Showcasing Teamwork, Awarding Recognition).

The webinar will provide an opportunity for your project to hear from the award judges, sponsors and past winners to find out all there is to know about writing a winning nomination. To register for this free webinar please click here.

For further information or a list of nomination questions, please contact Barry Dolan, AONTAS Communication and Membership Officer at:

The STAR Awards are proudly sponsored by The Open University in Ireland, The European Social Fund, Concern Worldwide, the Open College Network Northern Ireland, Quality and Qualifications Ireland, Teachers’ Union of Ireland and Mental Health Ireland.


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