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Inspiring 2018 graduates: Emma Booth


Always on-the-go Mum of two, Emma from Harrogate, graduated this week after juggling family life alongside undertaking an undergraduate degree in Childhood Development & Playwork at Leeds Beckett University.

Emma Booth at graduation

Using transferable skills acquired throughout her academic career, Emma has sought numerous work experience opportunities related to her field of study. Speaking about her university experience, Emma referenced the support received from tutors and lecturers whilst studying with specific mention of Mike Wragg and Fraser Brown.

Emma Booth said: “Due to the great Experiential Learning Placements in the 1st and 2nd year, I have been lucky enough to develop my career in a specialist area. These unique placements are something I feel really proud to have on my CV and have made a really difference even before graduating in achieving a career in the prison sector. I feel this due to the fact that the 13 week placements allow you a real life opportunity to apply the theories learnt in the classroom in practice.

“I’m also fortunate to being going on to start my PhD in October, something I never thought I would be able to do. I’m looking forward to the next chapter in my studies and a career. This makes me feel really lucky and honoured.”

  Emma Booth and prison mascot

Having spent two years working at HMP New Hall entertaining young people during their visits to see relatives, Emma originally commenced employment with the prison as a placement student, before securing a full time position. Emma is now employed part time as a Family Engagement Worker at HMP Lindholme and responsible for providing support and guidance surrounding family matters and relationships. University has allowed Emma to pursue her passion point and further fuelled her interest in the benefits of play in prison settings.

With two young boys, an array of pets and whilst undertaking her degree, Emma has successfully completed several courses alongside her studies including a Level 3 Award in Child Behaviour, Child and Adult Behaviour and Paediatric First Aid Training.

With a vast back catalogue of experience including founding Spofforth’s Local Youth Club, Emma clearly demonstrates what hard work and determination can achieve. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Emma hopes to study towards a PhD whilst continuing her ambition of working with children in prisons.


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