Prison University Partnerships in Learning network (PUPiL)

PET is proud to be working with the growing number of prison/university partnerships across the country and internationally. 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.

 Sign up to the PUPiL Network

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

 Sign up to the PUPiL Network

If you have any questions regarding the PUPiL network or would like to circulate information, events or resources, contact: Morwenna@prisonerseducation.org.uk.

 

 


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    Cardiff Metropolitan University

    Start Date: 01/01/2017
    Subject: Chase Alcohol and Substance Misuse Programme

    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:

    J. Grundy

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    De Montfort University

    HMP Leicester , HMP Gartree

    Start Date: 01/12/2016
    Subject: Criminology

    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.

     

    In the autumn term of 2016 students from De Montfort University and HMP Leicester joined together for an intensive short criminology module. Led by Ross Little, a criminology lecturer at De Montfort, and supported by Phil Novis, Governor at HMP Leicester, 17 students were brought together to discuss criminological controversies over a week-long Learning Together course. Find out how it went with De Montfort University and HMP Leicester intensive 5-day module here.

     

    Contact:

    Ross Little

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    Durham University

    HMP Frankland , HMP Durham , HMP Low Newton

    Start Date: 01/10/2014
    Subject: Criminology Inside Out

    Criminology students at Durham University have an exciting opportunity, to take one of their modules as an Inside-Out course within prison. All third year criminology undergraduates and some Masters students have the option to complete a credit-bearing criminology module inside a nearby prison for one afternoon each week for ten weeks, designed and delivered as an Inside-Out course. Durham University operates a rolling programme of undergraduate and postgraduate Inside-Out courses, as well as one-off master classes, at HMP Frankland Category A men’s prison, HMP Durham Category B men’s prison and HMP Low Newton women’s prison.

     

    In an article by the Telegraph in January 2016, it is statead "The Durham students went in "terrified", but bonds were formed after they had met the prisoners and shared in-depth discussions. Some "outside" students have changed their career plans and now want to work with prisoners. "It can be life-changing for prisoners and also for the 'outside' students," she added. Both "inside" and "out" students received the same formal academic credit, as well as a certificate, for completing the course. One former Frankland prisoner was considering studying for a Masters after completing the programme and said it gave inmates self-belief that they could succeed away from crime".

    Contact:

    Prof. Fiona Measham

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    Edge Hill University

    HMP Thorn Cross

    Start Date: 01/01/2017
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    Contact:

    Anita Hobson,

    Alana Barton

     

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    Goldsmiths, University of London

    HMP & YOI Isis

    Start Date: 01/01/2017
    Subject: Social Research

    "For ten weeks students from Goldsmiths University studied social research methods alongside students from HMP/YOI Isis. One admitted he had thought social science was studying pubs and clubs, so was surprised when he received the reading materials. However, he found an extract from the book ‘The Sociological Imagination’ particularly inspirational and realised that social phenomena could explain some of the reasons people go to prison. ‘It has made me understand why people chase the lifestyle portrayed in music […] things they can’t afford, like new phones out every six months. When I’m out I’m not going to be chasing those things any more’ he reflected." Read more.

    Contact:

    Sarah Lambert

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    King's College London

    Start Date: 09/11/2016
    Subject: Literature and Creative Writing

    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

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    Leeds Beckett University

    HMP Full Sutton

    Start Date: 01/01/2017
    Subject: Penology and Prison Sociology

    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”.

     

    A month later, February 2017, prisoners at HMP Full Sutton enrolled as students at Leeds Beckett University and took part in the new degree-level programme within the prison, alongside Leeds Beckett Criminology students. In a blog post, Shaun Williamson, Head of Reducing Reoffending at HMP Full Sutton, explains why this is such an important development for prison education. Read here

     

    Former learning Together student and researcher, Stacey Groundwell wrote in September 2017 a piece about her dissertation research and personal experience studying in HMP Full Sutton with other Leeds Beckett students as part of her criminolgy degree. Read about her research here.

     

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    Contact:

    Helen Nichols,

    Bill Davies

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    Liverpool John Moores University

    HMP Altcourse

    Start Date: 01/01/2017
    Subject: Criminology

    Contact:

    Helena Gosling

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    London South Bank University

    HMP Pentonville

    Start Date: 01/10/2016
    Subject: Education for Social Justice

    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.

     

    In January 2017, students, friends and family members of learnersfrom London South Bank University (LSBU) and HMP Pentonville celebrated the successful completion of a unique module. The course took place over the full autumn term and was led by Jenny Fogarty, senior lecturer at LSBU. An optional addition to an undergraduate degree in education, the module took eight LSBU students outside of their comfort zone and into HMP Pentonville, where they joined 12 Pentonville students to take a module on Education for Social Justice. This diverse group explored how education is used as a tool for social change and the factors that might influence that such as history, curriculum, theories of learning, technology and assessment. Read more about it here.

     

     

    Contact:

    Jenny Fogarty

     

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    Middlesex University

    HMP Wandsworth

    Start Date: 10/01/2017
    Subject: 'Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice'

    The Higher Education partnership between Middlesex University and HMP Wandsworth forms part of the ‘Learning Together’ initiative established by Cambridge University bringing students from universities and within prisons to learn together, and learn from one another, in an innovative method of knowledge exchange. The Middlesex module ‘Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice’ is taught over 10 weeks and covers topics on the sociology of crime and deviance, youth justice, criminal court sentencing, and comparative prison perspectives. Each session comprises a lecture, set readings and small group discussions co-ordinated by group facilitators to advance ideas, debate, and formulate new, reflective, and experiential knowledge. The first cohort studied between January and May 2017. Looking forward, we plan to continue delivering the module and hope to encourage other faculties within Middlesex University to add to our prison and university partnership learning.

     

    Middlesex Students and Staff at end of course award ceremony- HMP Wandsworth:

    "Overall I think it was fantastic.  …one of the main things that drew me to it was the fact that it was going to be this very immersive experience that had two elements of society that don’t necessarily overlap very frequently.” (NK, Middlesex University, PhD)
     
    "This kind of experience is not replaceable…from talking to those students (Wandsworth)…that is something I could never get from a book…” (Middlesex University, PhD)

     

    Read more about the partnership between Middlesex University and HMP Wandsworth here.

    Contact:

    Jenni Ward

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    Newman University

    HMP Birmingham

    Start Date: 01/01/2017
    Subject: Education

    Lecturers at Newman University started in late 2016 a programme of Higher Education in HMP Birmingham. Inspired by similar university and prison partnerships, six Newman University students joined six HMP Birmingham students on an eight week Introduction to Social Sciences course. Newman University aims that this model will be extended in order that prisoner students can begin to obtain credits towards a Newman University degree towards the end of their prison sentence.

    Contact:

    Karen Graham

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    Nottingham Trent University

    HMP Lowdham Grange

    Start Date: 01/09/2016
    Subject: Education Studies, Criminology

    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 O'Grady,

    Paul Hamilton

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    Oxford Brookes University

    HMP Aylesbury

    Start Date: 01/01/2017
    Subject: Criminology

    Contact:

    Richard Huggins

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    Royal Holloway University of London

    HMYOI Feltham

    Start Date: 19/01/2017
    Subject: 'Thinking Criminologically'- a critical introduction to criminological issues

    This 8-week Learning Together course, ‘Thinking Criminologically’, designed by Morwenna and Serena and incorporating guest lectures from colleagues, brought first-year undergraduate criminology students into the prison to learn together with young men at Feltham (aged 18-20) launching the Spring 2017 term. We established this scheme because we believe such a partnership has the potential to transform the learning experience of students both inside and outside prison, and to improve the educational opportunities we (as a College) offer, both to those in custody and in the community.

    This course builds on best practice established by previous Learning Together (LT) initiatives, centred on a specific relational, reflexive and transformative pedagogical approach. The team developed this by: (a) targeting first year undergraduate students with Widening Participation status; and (b) situating the course within a Young Offender Institution.. This core focus on developing the educational experience and potential of WP students - both in custody and in the community - marked out Royal Holloway’s LT course as unique.

    The programme has a strong study skills element, the aim of which was again twofold: to support Royal Holloway students as they make the transition into Higher Education, while also providing the young men at Feltham with valuable transferable skills, both for future study and for employability. We were also keen to develop all students’ critical reading and reflexivity skills, providing each with a Learning Log to be completed weekly to allow them to reflect on their individual learning journey, and allowing them to see the ways in which academic learning connects to wider skills development.

    For this work, the team at Royal Holloway were awarded the 2017 College Teaching Prize for Collaboration. Read more about it here.

     

    We were delighted to welcome Rachel Billington from Inside Time newspaper to join us for a session. Read more about her experience here.

    Contact:

    Serena Wright, Morwenna Bennallick, Rosie Meek

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    Teesside University

    HMP Holme House

    Start Date: 01/10/2016
    Subject: Sociology and Criminology Inside Out

    The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program was founded by Temple University, Philadelphia in 1997 with certified instructors now delivering modules across the US, Canada, Australia and the UK. The first Inside-Out course with Teesside University at HMP Holme House was established in 2016 and takes the central concern of social justice and explores this in the local context, tracing connections between global forces and local effects on the economy and industry, poverty and inequality, as well as crime and criminal justice. Undergraduate criminology and sociology students study alongside a cohort from HMP Holme House on a 14 week accredited module engaging with critical discussions and group work within an equal, positive and passionate learning environment. The course aims to open access to higher education, promote transformative learning and challenge preconceptions whilst ultimately engaging with discussions in relation to social justice.

    Contact:

    Victoria Bell, Laura Goldsack, Alexandra Hall, Jo Large, Pauline Ramshaw

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    The Open University

    HMP Send

    Start Date: 20/10/2017
    Subject: Law Pilot Project

    Contact:

    Hugh J.Mcfaul

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    The University of Manchester

    HMP Risley

    Start Date: 01/09/2017
    Subject: Criminology

    From September 2017 the University of Manchester (led by Prof. Shadd Maruna and Dr Rose Broad) will begin working with HMP Risley to run a pilot of ‘Learning Criminology Inside’, largely based on the ethos of Learning Together. Level 3 students from the University will study the module ‘From Imprisonment to Rehabilitation’ towards their BA Criminology alongside students from the prison for 10 weeks. The students within the prison will listen to a podcast of the lectures that the university students attend, and then together they will take part in a two hour weekly seminar. This session will be run by different University of Manchester staff and will be based on dialogical learning, with group work activities. There is a dedicated researcher for the pilot of this project funded by the University’s Centre for Higher Education Research, Innovation and Learning (CHERIL). The project team would, in the future, like to see more partnerships take place within the School of Law, and the wider University.

    Contact:

    Emily Turner

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    The University of Sheffield

    HMP Doncaster

    Start Date: 01/01/2017
    Subject: Criminology

    Contact:

    Cormac Behan

    Gilly Sharpe

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    University College London

    HMP Brixton

    Start Date: 01/01/2017
    Subject: Geography

    Contact:

    Tatiana Thieme

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    University of Cambridge

    HMP Spring Hill , HMP Grendon , HMP Whitemoor

    Start Date: 01/01/2015
    Subject: Criminology, Theology//Philosophy, English

    In January 2015, with Drs Amy Ludlow and Ruth Armstrong in the front line, the University of Cambridge started a new educational scheme called Learning Together. Drs Amy Ludlow and Ruth Armstrong (2016) explains Learning together as a "means to connect people who otherwise may be unlikely to meet. It aims to do this through co-creating learning spaces within prison whereby students who are currently imprisoned study alongside students from a local university. It prioritises the interactive and engaging delivery of academically rigorous educational content. It facilitates dialogical and experiential engagement with this educational content and models unconditional".

     

    Drs Amy Ludlow and Ruth Armstrong (2016) further state that "Learning Together is not trying to change people. We are learning with,from and through each other. This changes us all. Learning Together provides opportunities to work with people who we might have thought were different from ourselves and to let this shape our understanding of who we are, and what we do in our lives".

     

     

    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.

     

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    Several articles and blogs have been written about Cambridge University's to HMP Whitemoor, HMP Spring Hill and HMP Grendon, you can find a list of all the publications here.

     

    Contact:

    Amy Ludlow, Ruth Armstrong, Ryan Williams, Beth Phillips

     

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    University of Cumbria

    HMP Haverigg

    Start Date: 01/01/2017
    Subject: Criminology and Psychology

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    University of East Anglia

    Start Date: 01/09/2016
    Subject: Philosophy

    The partnerships originating from the UEA have a 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:

    Benjamin Hari benjaminhari@gmail.com

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    University of East London

    HMP Aylesbury

    Start Date: 01/01/2017
    Subject: Gaming

    Contact:

    David Dorrington

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    University of Greenwich

    HMP Downview

    Start Date: 25/10/2017
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    Summer 2017, Dr Linnéa Osterman and Dr Giulia Zampini from the University of Greenwich travelled to America to be trained as Inside Out facilitators. Read about their experience here.

    Contact:

    Linnea Ostermann

    Giulia Zampini

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    University of Hull

    HMP Humber

    Start Date: 01/01/2017
    Subject: Criminology

    Contact:

    Adam Calverly

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    University of Kent

    HMP Swaleside

    Start Date: 01/01/2016
    Subject: Criminology Inside Out

    Last month, students from the University of Kent came together with their fellow students at HMP Swaleside to celebrate the completion of a distinctive university module. The ‘Inside’ Students from Swaleside and the ‘Outside’ students from Kent University had spent one day a week for the last academic term taking part in an Inside Out criminology partnership within the prison. Read more about the partnership here.

    Contact:

    Dr. Caroline Chatwin from Kent University

     

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    University of Northampton

    HMP Onley

    Start Date: 01/01/2017
    Subject: Criminology and Social Justice

    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

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    University of Roehampton

    HMP Belmarsh

    Start Date: 01/01/2017
    Subject: Social Sciences, Criminology

    Contact:

    Finola Farrant

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    University of Southampton

    HMP Winchester

    Start Date: 01/01/2017
    Subject: Criminology

    Contact:

    Alisa Stevens

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    University of Westminster

    HMP Grendon , HMP Pentonville

    Start Date: 01/10/2016
    Subject: Criminology

    The partnership between the University of Westminster and HMPs Pentonville 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.

     

    Natalie Ellis, a student from Westminster University, writes about her experience on the Making Links project, a partnership between British Convict Criminology at the University of Westminster and HMP Pentonville. Read more about her experience here. This blog is part of the PUPiL network. Sign up here.

     

     

     

    Several articles have been written about the outstanding partnership between the University of Westminster and HMP Pentonville:

     

    Contact:

    Sacha Darke, Senior Lecturer in Criminology

    Andy Aresti, Senior Lecturer in Criminology

    Jose Aguiar,

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    Wakefield College

    HMP Wakefield

    Start Date: 01/01/2017
    Subject: Education

    Contact:

    Clare Hagerup

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    York St. John University

    HMP Askham Grange

    Start Date: 01/01/2017
    Subject: Drama

    Contact:

    Rachel Conlon