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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.

Edge Hill University | HMP Thorn Cross |

Edge Hill University HMP Thorn Cross

Model: Learning Together

The partnership between Edge Hill University and HMP Thorn Cross was set up and rolled out in 2017. The partnership is funded by Edge Hill University and has been validated for an initial period of five years. Edge Hill have worked closely with partners at HMP Thorn Cross and Novus (the in-house education provider) who have supported this project, supplying education support and teaching facilities.

University of Durham | HMP Durham | HMP Frankland | HMP Low Newton |

University of Durham HMP Durham, HMP Frankland, HMP Low Newton

Model: Inside Out

All third year criminology undergraduates at Durham and some Masters students have the option to complete a credit-bearing criminology module inside a nearby prison for one afternoon each week over 10 weeks. Durham University operates a rolling programme of undergraduate and postgraduate Inside-Out courses, as well as one-off master classes, at HMP Frankland Category A men’s prison, HMP Durham Category B men’s prison and HMP Low Newton women’s prison.

De Montfort University | HMP Gartree | HMP Leicester |

De Montfort University HMP Gartree, HMP Leicester

Model: Various, including Learning Together

“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

De Montfort University has been working collaboratively to deliver courses in Criminology with HMP Gartree since November 2016. These five session courses are structured primarily around group work and discussion, but time is provided for voluntary written individual responses and reflections. In 2016 students from De Montfort University and HMP Leicester joined together for an intensive short criminology module. Led by Ross Little, a criminology lecturer at De Montfort, and supported by Phil Novis, then Governor at HMP Leicester, 17 students were brought together to discuss criminological controversies over a week-long course.

Cardiff Metropolitan University | HMP Prescoed |

Cardiff Metropolitan University HMP Prescoed

Model: Various

Cardiff Metropolitan University lecturers teach a cohort of HMP Prescoed students who are taking part in the Chase alcohol and substance misuse programme. Learners at HMP Prescoed can also study teaching, on the Teaching Adults course. This is a Level 3, 10 credit course accredited through the Cardiff Met University. The course is intended to give the opportunity to see if teaching is for you and would lead on to the PCET course and ultimately on to the PGCE in post compulsory Education & Training.

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