Academic Prisons

In 2014 Prisoners’ Education Trust held its inaugural Academic Symposium at the University of Oxford, which was followed on 9th June 2015 by the second conference, which welcomed professors from across the world to the prestigious University of Cambridge to share their research.

In this section, researchers, professors and students can find out more about how to join PET's Academic Prisons network and read more about research presented at these events.

To get involved or find out more contact morwenna.bennallick@prisonerseducation.org.uk

Academic Symposium 2015

  • The first Panel welcomed Prof. Alison Liebling: University of Cambridge, Dr. Katherine Auty, University of Cambridge and Zhi Soon: The Behavioural Insights Team to discuss ‘Creating rehabilitative cultures through learning’
  • The second Panel 'Bringing together universities and prisoner education' included Cambridge University’s Dr Amy Ludlow and Dr Ruth Armstrong and Professor Baz Dreisinger, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York. Read our Press Release on this.
  • The final Plenary with former prison governor John Podmore, Dr Anne Pike, from The Open University (OU) and Assoc. Prof. Helen Farley, from the University of Southern Queensland focused on ways to close the digital divide between education in prisons and the outside. Read our Press Release on this.
  • The event held 12 workshops ranging from on a variety of themes, ranging from peer-mentoring and fostering citizenship in prisons to a street law project in Turkey read all about them here.
  • Morwenna Bennallick, who organised the event, reports back on the highlights. Read her blog 'Empowering the research community' here.