PLAN (Prisoner Learning Academic Network)

Prisoners’ Education Trust has established the Prisoner Learning Academic Network (PLAN) which works to bring together researchers who work on issues relating to prisoner learning.

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What is PLAN?

PLAN's overall aim is to raise the profile, quality and impact of all levels of prison education by promoting and supporting rigorous and collaborative research, consultation and dissemination. To do this we will:

  1.   Build the strength of the research community through supporting and connecting across disciplines and between UK and international researchers
  2.   Engage with policy makers to develop a strategic approach to data collection, research priorities and methodologies
  3.   Engage with practitioners and service users to support them to contribute to evidence and to make them aware of research evidence and how to apply it
  4.   Actively promote evidence-based policy and practice.

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

  •   An academic working in prison education
  •   A policy maker seeking evidence around prison education
  •   A student interested in finding out more about prison education
  •   A practitioner interested in evidence to inform your work

PLAN Working Groups



We are proud to host a number of academic working groups which work to develop our understanding of the role and function of prisoner education. These groups have been developed to reflect the themes established in the Prisoner Learning Alliance's Theory of Change. These groups are:

Human Capital - led by Drs. Helen Nichols and Suzanne Young of Leeds Beckett University

Social Capital - currently without a lead

Wellbeing - led by Jenny Fogarty of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Knowledge, Skills and Employability - led by Dr. Kirstine Szifris of Manchester Metropolitan University

Culture - led by Morwenna Bennallick of University of Westminster.

Please contact the working group lead for further information about the activities in their working group.

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If you would like to be in touch about the PLAN network, please contact: