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This strengthening relationship is pushing the boundaries of both institutions, with the benefits being felt by students, prisoners and staff across both the prison and the university.

Phil Novis, governor, HMP Leicester

This page shows where prison-university partnerships are happening in the UK. If you know of a partnership that’s missing from here, please get in touch with our Academic Networks officer Rosie.

University of Winchester | HMP Winchester |

University of Winchester HMP Winchester

Model: Learning Together

University of Westminster | HMP Coldingley | HMP Grendon | HMP Pentonville | HMYOI Feltham |

University of Westminster HMP Pentonville, HMP Grendon, HMP Coldingley, HMYOI Feltham

It has been very beneficial in me seeing myself as a true university student and not just a prison student.”

In January 2016 British Convict Criminology at University of Westminster started its first prison-university partnership at HMP Pentonville. The project, Making Links, involves level 6 BA Criminology students studying an Introduction to Prisons course with Pentonville learners studying at level 3 and above. It was cited as an example of good practice in the Ministry of Justice’s (2016) Coates Review on prison education. In October 2017 the University of Westminster stated a Convict Criminology reading group with social science degree students at HMP Grendon. In 2018 Drs Darke and Aresti in HMP Coldingley.

added another in HMP Coldingley.

Another partnership, between Westminster and HMYOI Feltham, brings together students from both institutions and from Royal Holloway University to study ‘Contemporary Social Issues’ in a Learning Together module.

University of York | HMP Buckley Hall |

University of York HMP Buckley Hall

Model: Learning Together

York St John University | HMP Askham Grange | HMP New Hall |

York St John University HMP Askham Grange, HMP New Hall

Model: Students from both institutions working together

The York St John (YSJ) University Prison Partnership Project started in 2013 and is a partnership between the university and HMPs New Hall – a closed female prison – and HMP Askham Grange – an open female prison. It was born out of the idea and desire to provide a unique creative arts partnership between education, the arts and the prison service facilitating a weekly drama and arts provision in prison.

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