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Alumna named top Young Social Entrepreneur

Emily Yates, an alumna of the School, has been named ‘Young Social Entrepreneur’ of the year by the leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in the UK, UnLtd.

19 May 2014

English Literature graduate Emily Yates, 22, received more than 400 public votes in the UnLtd Lived It Awards for her work creating the ‘Accessible Guide to the Commonwealth Games’ – a travel guide to this summer’s Games in Glasgow for those with lesser mobility.

Emily, who was the first wheelchair user to cross the Sinai desert on a camel, hopes that the guide - which combines her love of travel, sport and writing – will be the first in a series aimed at broadening the world of travel to people with disabilities.

She is currently living in Rio de Janeiro, retrieving content for a guide to the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics, and working as an Accessibility Consultant for the underground transport system, MetroRio.

Emily says: “It is so great to know that accessibility is really being recognised as an important global issue, and I’m very proud to be a part of this venture.  Accessibility, in my mind, isn’t just about helping those of us who have disabilities either. I’m currently working on projects in Brazil that encourage multi-lingual information and signs as well as ramps, tactile flooring and hearing loops. To me, an accessible world allows us all to move and communicate freely, whether that’s through travel, sport or education.”

QMUL’s Careers & Enterprise Centre partners with UnLtd to deliver a programme of support for students and staff who want to set up social enterprises, comprising funding, 1-1 enterprise appointments, skills-based workshops, networking events and mentor matching.

The Lived it Awards are UnLtd’s first dedicated awards for young social entrepreneurs, recognising and showcasing the very best innovation, enterprise and impact. The Lived it Awards ceremony took place on Friday 16th May.

For more information about Emily and the Accessible Guide to the Commonwealth Games, visit: or her website

To find out more about how QMUL supports enterprise and entrepreneurship, visit the Careers & Enterprise website:



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