HRH The Princess Royal extends NIACE patronage

5 March 2014

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has agreed to extend her role as Royal Patron of NIACE for the next three years.

In a letter to NIACE, HRH The Princess Royal said that she was ‘delighted to extend her patronage.’ She will remain Royal Patron of NIACE until March 2017.

David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE, said:

“As our Royal Patron, HRH The Princess Royal has helped us to make the case for a wide range of opportunities for adults to learn and benefit from their learning. Her informed and strenuous support has allowed us to reach and engage key people across civil society and public policy to spread our message. We are delighted that she will continue in this role, where she has shown considerable interest, knowledge and insight in all of our work including support for care leavers, carers and offenders in learning, family learning, increasing access for mature adults in higher education and today’s reception for our new Adult Learner Ambassadors.

“NIACE has a big and important job to do to support more adults to participate in and benefit from learning. We know that helping to develop a true learning society will result in a more tolerant, healthier and wealthier nation, because learning supports people at work, as citizens and in their families and communities. HRH The Princess Royal’s continued Patronage will help us to promote these ambitions and deliver the impact we want to make.”

HRH The Princess Royal is hosting a NIACE event at Buckingham Palace today, recognising and introducing previous Adult Learners’ Week Award winners as ambassadors for adult learning to a number of organisations from across a range of sectors, including the BBC, City Lit, the Department of Health, the Edge Foundation, McDonald’s, PricewaterhouseCoopers and NOCN.

David Hughes continued:

“Motivating adults to give learning a try can be difficult. It can be easy to talk about this in terms of statistics, but this doesn’t really inspire people to participate. Personal and authentic stories, from successful learners themselves, in their own words, make a powerful human connection that we know motivate adults to take that first step back into learning.

“Our Adult Learner Ambassadors inspire others to try learning and show their dedication to improving the lives of others by sharing their own stories. Their tenacity, dedication and motivation exemplify the successes that can come from embracing learning as part of adult life.”

Sara Caplan, Partner at Price Waterhouse Coopers, said:

“Embedding a learning culture in our workplace is vital to the growth and sustainability of our business. Adult Learner Ambassadors, as role models for continuing to learn and develop, are an excellent way to help all of us to focus on both our own learning needs and helping others to gain new skills and knowledge so that they can progress in life and work.”

Ayesha Chowdhury, Public Affairs Manager, at BBC Learning, said:

“Adult Learners’ Week celebrates the many achievements of people who transform their lives through learning. The BBC have been a keen supporter and partner over the years as we place great importance on adult education and bringing the benefits of new technology to members of the public.

“The BBC Learning department leads the BBC’s strategy ‘to inspire a life full of learning for everyone’ by exploiting the educative potential that exists across the full range of the BBC’s output and activities, from news to music, science to the arts, sport and drama.”