Celebrating the University's 'Women of Achievement 2016': Emma McNamara

School of Law student Emma has won several awards for adult learners and continuing education.


In 2014 Emma won the Regional Adult Learner award at the Yorkshire and Humber Adult Learners' Awards and also receive the National Institute of Continuing Education Learning in Families and Communities Individual Award.  In 2015 she went on to win the Access program award.

Emma grew up in Leeds in areas of low participation in higher education and left school aged 16 with few qualifications. Despite great personal setbacks, Emma returned to education as a mature student to re-sit her Maths GCSE. She then applied for the University’s interdisciplinary foundation programme. She completed this with excellent marks and is currently studying for a degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology.

Emma said: “I am always willing to give my free time to help others with my volunteer work. Despite personal setbacks, I have continued to be an independent learner and have come so far from when I first began. My advice to others would be to follow your dreams; going back to higher education has been one of the best life choices I have made.”

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