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27 Nov 2018 | Women

I drew my way out of prison: Erika’s story

When Erika went to prison she set herself the task of drawing a postcard a day for the whole of her sentence. Getting funding for a BA Hons in Visual Arts inside opened the door to working as an artist and tutor after release.

03 Nov 2018 | Women

I spent 40 years being told I was stupid

Every year, PET funds nearly 200 women in prison to take distance learning courses. Communications Manager Katy Oglethorpe travelled to Cheshire’s HMP Styal to meet some of them.

10 Sep 2018 | David Breakspear, Alumnus | Alumni Network

Reflections on the PET Alumni Evening

Former prisoner and criminal justice blogger David Breakspear reflects on his first PET alumni party – a night of inspiration and passion.

26 Jul 2018 | Jason Warr | Film, Learner voice, University study

Film: “I went to uni after a life sentence”

Jason was 17 when he went to prison. At the end of his sentence he decided to apply to university. In this video interview, he talks about overcoming rejection to gain a place at university, and why all institutions should welcome people with a history of imprisonment.

30 May 2018 | Nmandi Efobi | Learner voice, Policy

‘I went back to prison to quiz the Justice Secretary’

After Justice Secretary David Gauke announced the government’s new Education and Employment strategy, Nnamdi Efobi, who was released from the prison earlier this year, asked him about the role of technology in prison education.

11 May 2018 | Egerton | BAME

Taking stock: My journey from prison to a career in the City

Egerton’s path to working in finance started in prison, when he saw a book about investing in the library. Getting funding from PET allowed him to take the next step towards realising his ambitions and still inspires today.

Georgie at PET's 2018 Academic Symposium with the OU's Ruth McFarlane (L) and PET's Nina Champion (R)

30 Apr 2018 | Georgie | University study

‘I was rejected from university because of my record’

Georgie’s heart was in architecture, and last year he decided to apply for a degree. He was accepted, only to be turned down once the university learned of his past. Now he’s fighting for fairer treatment.

26 Mar 2018 | Paddy, PET alumnus

Paddy’s story: from spelling ‘dog’ to gaining a degree

Paddy was released on life licence in 2015, after serving 15 years in prison. Having struggled to read and write at the time he began his sentence, he was later funded by PET to begin an Open University degree.

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