Nikki Simpson Award for Learning

Branch and district officers are invited to submit nominations for the Nikki Simpson Award which gives recognition to the work of union learning rep or team of members.

Aims of award

The award will be presented to the NEU union learning rep (ULR) for making a difference and changing people's lives through union learning. The award-winning ULR or team of members will have demonstrated one or more of the following:

  • Used learning as an organising tool to recruit more members and engaged members in the work of the union
  • Supported members and helped them to overcome barriers to learning
  • Negotiated with employers to increase learning opportunities for all education staff

Why is it called the Nikki Simpson Award?

The Nikki Simpson Award commemorates the passion for union learning embodied by a late colleague who passed away whilst working as Learning and Development Organiser for the Association of Teachers and Lecturers in 2017. Working in our Eastern Region, Nikki worked tirelessly alongside local officers brokering learning opportunities for hundreds of members and developing a network of union learning reps. This award commemorates the transformational impact of union learning both on members and union organisation.

How do I nominate someone?

Let your branch or district officer know about the work the union learning rep or team of members is doing. Branch and district officers can then choose to nominate by completing the nomination form and emailing it

Nominations close on 18 December 2018

Download the nomination form

08 October 2018