PLAN (Prisoner Learning Academic Network)

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The Prisoner Learning Academic Network is a hub for researchers who work on issues relating to prisoner learning.

We need to make the important measurable rather than the measurable important. – Dr Kevin Warner

What is PLAN?

PLAN aims to raise the profile, quality and impact of all levels of prison education by promoting and supporting research focusing on this important area.

To do this we will:

  • Help to share research
  • Connect researchers across disciplines and countries
  • Support service users and practitioners to apply research and contribute to evidence

To find out more, sign up to our mailing list or contact our Networks Officer, Hannah.


This network may be of interest to you if you are:

  • An academic working in prison education
  • A policy maker seeking evidence around prison education
  • A student interested in finding out more about researching prison education
  • A practitioner interested in evidence to inform your work

Steering group:

ChairDr Morwenna Bennallick, University of Westminster

Deputy ChairDr Kirstine Szifris, Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr Helen NicholsUniversity of Lincoln

Dr Suzanne YoungUniversity of Leeds

Jamie GrundyInside Out Support Wales

Dr Cormac BehanUniversity of Sheffield

PLAN’s research library

As a network, PLAN is keen to promote and support open access journals which ensure that research isn’t trapped behind a paywall.

Some key open access journals which you may be interested in are:

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