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Learning Champions case study: Emma McNamara

Emma McNamaraEmma is a lone parent from Leeds who has faced great personal setbacks, including bereavement and addiction. She returned to study in 2011 when she enrolled on a GCSE Maths course at Deacon House, the Leeds City College community base in Seacroft, East Leeds.

Whilst studying for her GCSE, Emma visited the University as part of the LLC’s Realise programme. After attending an appointment for Pre-entry information, advice and guidance she applied for and was accepted onto the Preparation for Higher Education course. Emma’s hard work gained her a place on the BA Criminal Justice and Criminology programme with the School of Law at the University of Leeds.

Emma is doing well in her degree – she has also become a very active Learning Champion and an inspiration to others thinking about returning to education. She regularly works with groups of adults from FE colleges or community organisations and co-runs aspiration-raising sessions with LLC staff. Emma offers her time and support generously to others and is highly motivated to succeed in order to provide a positive role model for her daughter.

In June 2014 Emma won a regional Adult Learners’ Award (NIACE Learning in Families and Communities Individual Award) in recognition of her outstanding achievements.