PUPiL Events

Throughout the year, events are held across the PUPiL network to develop awareness, celebrate success and create spaces to reflect on the partnership working across prisons and universities. 

See upcoming and previous events from across the network below. If you have an event that you would like to add to this directory, please contact Morwenna.


Upcoming Events

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Our next #AcademicPrisons Symposium will be taking place on Friday 20th April 2018Sign up here!

This event will be hosted by our University of Westminster partners at their Regent Street London campus.

The symposium aims to mobilise the experience, expertise and energy within PET's PUPiL and PLAN networks. As Governors take greater control of prison education budgets later this year, it is a crucial time to bring together academics, practitioners, governors, learners and policy-makers to discuss how to meet the challenges and opportunities of this new landscape. In particular, we will explore the implications of the new Ministry of Justice definition of prison education:

“Activities that give individuals the skills they need to unlock their potential, gain employment and become assets to their communities. It should also build social capital and improve the well-being of prisoners during their sentences.”

Confirmed Speakers Include

  • Dr. Sarah Armstrong - Director of the Scottish Centre for Social Justice Research
  • Tess Gale - Prison Education Reform Team, Ministry of Justice
  • Phil Novis - Governor of HMP Leicester

Confirmed Workshops Include

  • A campaign for fair admissions for people with convictions - Unlock, the Longford Trust and PET
  • Convict Criminology – Dr Sacha Darke and Dr Andy Aresti, University of Westminster
  • The Cell Workout Workshops – Hannah Baumer, Royal Holloway University of London and LJ Flanders
  • Given the Choice - Lindsay Battersby, Deputy Education Manager, Novus, HMP Wakefield
  • Learning from the African Prisons Project – Kamiti Maximum Security Prison and Shimo La Tewa Women’s Prison, Kenya
  • Improving Language, Improving Lives: ESOL delivery in prisons – Learning and Work Institute and Ross Little, De Montfort University
  • The Linked-Up Project: London Shakespeare Project and HMP Pentonville
  • Alevi communities in prison – HMP Pentonville and University of Westminster
  • Collaborative practice between HMP Oakwood and the Open University
  • Tackling the use of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) in prisons through educational engagement – Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology and University of Hertfordshire

Contact Morwenna with any queries.


Previous Events

Academic Symposium 2017: For our 2017 Annual 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. This day saw the launch of the PUPiL and PLAN networks.

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.

Academic Symposium 2015: Here you can read about contributions on international approaches to prisoner education and partnership working. Academics discussed the unique challenges and rewards of working with different groups such as young people or those with different learning needs. Delegates shared fascinating insights into what they had learned through running new partnerships with prisons.

PLA Conferences: The Prisoner Learning Alliance holds its Annual Conference each Autumn. The event brings together experts, including prison staff, the third sector and policy makers, to discuss the opportunities and challenges of the current prison education climate, and how best to drive reform forward.The conferences also host the PLA Awards, which recognise teachers, officers, peer mentors and others who have made an inspiring contribution to education in their prison.