Academic Symposium 2017

 For the 2017 Academic Symposium, Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) were very proud to partner with the School of Law at Royal Holloway, University of London, who hosted the event on their campus in Egham, Surrey. The Symposium revisited the theme of 'Academic Prisons' and followed previous Symposium events hosted by the University of Oxford in 2014, the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge in 2015 and at London South Bank University in 2016.

At the Symposium, PET launched two networks intending to bring together the work of universities and prisons; Prison University Partnerships in Learning (PUPiL) and the Prisoner Learning Academic Network (PLAN). Workshops took place as part of the day to gather the views of the delegates - including researchers, teachers, practitioners, prison staff and students - and how PET can best support them through these networks.

The Symposium also built upon the Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA)'s Theory of Change, 'What is prison education for?' . Six panels throughout the day built on the themes outlined in this document to draw together current research and champion prison-university partnership working. Accounts and resources from these panels can be found below.
PET is especially grateful to Jenny Fogarty from London South Bank University and Jamie Bennett from Cardiff Metropolitan University for chairing these panels.

Panel 1: Prison Culture

Click here to read a summary of the panel: 'Culture in Prisons: Nothingness, masculinity and fragile hopes'

Speakers:

Prof. Nick Hardwick - Royal Holloway, University of London
View his presentation here

Dr. David Maguire - Oxford Brookes University

Drs. Amy Ludlow & Ruth Armstrong - University of Cambridge
View their presentation here

Panel 2: Human Capital

Click here to read a summary of the panel: 'Human Capital in Prisons: Personalisation, Philosophy & Ignoring the Red-Tops'

Speakers:

Vicky Robinson - HMP / YOI Bronzefield

Gareth - Oxford Brookes University

Kirstine Szifris - Manchester Metropolitan University
View her presentation here


Panel 3: Social Capital

Click here to read a summary of the panel: 'Social Capital: Therapeutic communities and think tanks'

Speakers:

Dr. Jamie Bennett - HMP Grendon & Springhill

Jermain James - True Heart of the City

Dr. Hannah King and Dr. Caroline Chatwin - University of Durham, University of Kent
View their presentation here


Panel 4: Wellbeing

Click here to read a summary of the panel: 'Wellbeing, learning and the links between'

Speakers:

Ross Little - De Montfort University, Leicester
View his presentation here

Prof. Rosie Meek - Royal Holloway, University of London

Prof. Amanda Kirby - University of South Wales
View her presentation here


Panel 5: Knowledge, Skills and Employability

Click here to read a summary of the panel: 'Knowledge, skills and employability: The power of role models and the limits of statistics'

Speakers:

Nick Mavron - Justice Statistics Analytical Services
View his presentation here

Kirstine Szifris - Manchester Metropolitan University
View her presentation here

Dr. Andy Aresti - University of Westminster

Panel 6: Strategic Directions

Speakers:

James Noble - New Philanthropy Capital

Pamela Dow - New Futures Network
View her presentation here

Drs. Helen Nichols and Bill Davies - Leeds Beckett University
View their presentation here