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.
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.
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’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.
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.
Michelle was 22, with a six-year-old daughter, when she received a life prison sentence. She was funded by PET to begin a degree which she went on to use to help vulnerable women in her local area.
PET funded ‘Moose’, 46, for a counselling course in 2015 and a NCTJ certificate in journalism in 2016, which he passed this year. He wrote to us care of the education department of his Category C prison.
In early 2017, Simon Scott was appointed a trustee at PET, our first trustee with lived experience of prison education. He shares the challenge of representing all PET learners, and how he is working to create a community of learners to inform PET’s work.
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