PUPiL (Prison University Partnerships in Learning)

PET is excited to be working with the growing number of prison/university partnerships across the country. These innovative partnerships bring university students into the prison environment to learn together with prisoners who are interested in the same subject. PET believes these partnerships have the potential to transform the learning experience of students both inside and outside prison, and to improve the educational opportunities we offer to those in custody and in the community.

In 2017, PET began to support and develop these initiatives through the Prison University Partnerships in Learning (PUPiL) network.

The network brings together students, practitioners and academics.
It aims to:

  • Provide a forum for students, practitioners and academics to come together and share their experiences
  • Support existing and emerging prison/university partnerships by sharing and promoting good practice
  • Identify opportunities for future projects and research
  • Use shared evidence and experiences to influence future academic and prison education policy

This network may be of interest to you if you are:

  • An academic or prison staff member interested in setting up a prison/university partnership
  • A student who has taken part in a prison/university partnership – whether while in prison or enrolled at a university
  • A student interested in taking part in a prison/university partnership
  • A researcher or policy maker interested in the potential and evidence base around this pioneering area of prison and academic education

If you would like to be part of the network or are interested in receiving information regarding upcoming events and other developments, please contact:
Robert@prisonerseducation.org.uk

 

Current Partnerships Map 

 


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    HMP Prescoed & Cardiff Metropolitan University

    01/01/2017

    A teaching programme of lectures and group work involves Cardiff Metropolitan University lecturers teaching a cohort of Prescoed students taking part in the Chase alcohol and substance misuse programme. Over ten weeks, the Prescoed students complete a Level 4 module to become qualified to teach other adults on any work placements or future employment they embark upon. This programme came about through a student at Cardiff Metropolitan University student who attends his course while on licence from Prescoed, and the links he forged with the Chase students.

    Contact: jgrundy@cardiffmet.ac.uk

    Chase Alcohol and Substance Misuse Programme
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    HMP Gartree & De Montfort University

    01/12/2016

    Heavily influenced by a belief that Universities ought to consistently work as a vehicle of “public good”, De Montfort University has been working collaboratively to deliver courses in Criminology with HMP Gartree since November 2016. These 5 session courses are structured primarily around group work and discussion, but time is provided for voluntary written individual responses and reflections. Due to the programme’s intention to establish a space for experiential learning, the courses are currently not-for-credit. For the whole cohort, applications are considered on a series of ‘commitment to the course’ indicators. These can include, among other things, attendance at selected events and the writing of a personal statement.

    Contact: ross.little@dmu.ac.uk

    Criminology
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    HMP Leicester & De Montfort University

    01/05/2016

    Heavily influenced by a belief that Universities ought to consistently work as a vehicle of “public good”, De Montfort University has been working collaboratively to deliver courses in Criminology with HMP Gartree since November 2016. These 5 session courses are structured primarily around group work and discussion, but time is provided for voluntary written individual responses and reflections. Due to the programme’s intention to establish a space for experiential learning, the courses are currently not-for-credit. For the whole cohort, applications are considered on a series of ‘commitment to the course’ indicators. These can include, among other things, attendance at selected events and the writing of a personal statement.

    Contact: ross.little@dmu.ac.uk

    Criminology
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    HMP Pentonville & King's College London

    09/11/2016

    First run in November 2016, this partnership involves a course of literature and creative writing workshops for a cohort of students from King’s College London and HMP Pentonville. Workshops cover a variety of written and spoken word forms, spanning different cultures, geographies and genres. The course aims to reflect the diverse BAME community at Pentonville. King’s students, who have been trained in group facilitation, collaboratively facilitate the workshops – running weekly for six weeks.

    Contact: anya.cowley@kcl.ac.uk

    Literature and Creative Writing
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    HMP Full Sutton & Leeds Beckett University

    01/01/2017

    Commencing in January 2017, the accredited courses in Penology and Prison Sociology coordinated by Leeds Beckett University and HMP Full Sutton are structured around a 12-week University semester. The ideology behind the course structure and accreditation is one of “equality of experience”, irrespective of whether the learner is recruited from Leeds Beckett University or HMP Full Sutton. This is reflected in the application to the courses, which consider as aptitude indicators both the ‘desire to learn’ and the applicants’ ‘track record of commitment to learning’. The driving motive for this partnership is the “reintegration process of HMP students through the means of education”.

    Contact: h.e.nichols@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

    Penology and Prison Sociology
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    HMP Pentonville & London Southbank University

    01/10/2016

    The Education for Social Justice module offered through the partnership between London Southbank University and HMP Pentonville is incorporated within the newly developed degree in Education in Local & Global Communities. Exploring various topics such as ‘the purpose of education’ and ‘models of education’, the module is structured around a 12 week series of weekly sessions, delivered as interactive workshops incorporating taught input, discussion and feedback on set readings. The course is assessed through both group projects and an individual reflective journal. Successful applicants are selected for their commitment to the programme and its principles.

    Contact: fogartyj@lsbu.ac.uk

    Education for Social Justice
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    HMP Lowdham Grange & Nottingham Trent University

    01/09/2016

    The first Learning Together course between Nottingham Trent University and HMP Lowdham Grange piloted in the 2016/17 academic year, and was themed around the theory, policy and practice of Criminology and Education Studies. The 8 week course is intended as a study of, an exploration, and discussion into the value of lifelong learning, and the benefits of education provision for all. Delivered by Nottingham Trent University academics, learning is facilitated by a combination of seminars and discussions.

    Contact: anne.ogrady@ntu.ac.uk

    Education Studies Criminology
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    HMYOI Feltham & Royal Holloway University of London

    19/01/2017

    Contact: Morwenna Bennallick - morwenna.bennallick.2014@live.rhul.ac.uk

    'Thinking Criminologically'- a critical introduction to criminological issues
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    HMP Grendon & University of Cambridge

    01/01/2015

    A spearhead in the Learning Together partnership since 2015, a collaborative learning experience between Cambridge University and HMP Grendon has run annually from January to March. The course , ‘Introduction to Criminology’, is composed of a series of 10 sessions delivered by guest lecturers, and incorporates a multiplicity of teaching and learning styles such as group work, individual essays, and creative responses. A key selection criterion for all participants is a desire to learn, and the main aim of the programme is to provide an empowering learning space through which routes out of prison can be achieved. Moving forward, course directors hope to see similar projects becoming commonplace across all departments at Cambridge University.

    Contact: acl46@cam.ac.uk

    Introduction to Criminology
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    HMP Hollesley Bay & University of East Anglia

    01/09/2016

    The Learning Together partnerships stemming from the UEA have a distinct focus on the provision of a degree-level education in the field of Philosophy. Since 2013, courses have been running alongside the University’s semester timetable to provide multiple modules with a “collegiate attitude to learning”. Currently the course offers modules on Epistemology, Political Philosophy and The Stoics. Expectations of the course director are high, and pupils are taught to a degree level, with the assumption being that educational achievement is predicated upon both frankness and equality. The decision to promote the study of Philosophy in prisons was due primarily to the transformative nature of the discipline, specifically its perspective-shifting capacity to help its students change their conceptions of themselves and their world. The course is audited in partnership with a clinical psychologist in order to assess its benefits and efficacy.

    Contact: benjaminhari@gmail.com

    Philosophy
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    HMP Onley & University of Northampton

    01/01/2017

    Lecturers in Criminology from Northampton are giving a three-part lecture course in Social Justice to students from HMP Onley alongside a cohort of Northampton’s Year 2 Criminology students. Established to break down barriers and enable the Onley students to “engage outside the normal parameters”, there is a view to expand the partnership to include other subject areas.

    Contact: Manos.Daskalou@northampton.ac.uk

    Criminology and Social Justice
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    HMP Pentonville & University of Westminster

    01/10/2016

    The partnership between the University of Westminster and HMPs Pentoville is shaped around a Criminology curriculum, but with a clear focus on the need for learners to “develop their interests organically”. Criminology sessions between HMP Pentonville and The University of Westminster began in January 2016 with a series of guest lectures.

    Contact: Sacha Darke, Senior Lecturer in Criminology- University of Westminster

    Criminology
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    HMP Grendon & University of Westminster

    06/02/2017

    The partnerships between the University of Westminster and Grendon are shaped around a Criminology curriculum, but with a clear focus on the need for learners to “develop their interests organically”. The partnership with HMP Grendon, takes the form of a reading group for current Open University prisoner students and criminology students from Westminster. This partnership is grounded with the principles of Convict Criminology and uses mentors to support the academic development of prisoner students.

    Contact: Sacha Darke, Senior lecturer in Criminology- University of Westminster

    Reading Group around Criminology