We bring both expertise and relevant experience of studying HE in prison and of facilitating the provision of study materials. We have a well-established reputation for providing excellent support to students in prison and on release, and we have significant connections and networks within the field of prison education. This unique blend of lived experience combined with professional and academic expertise places us in a strong position to take this ambitious project forward.

Dan

Dan, a Doctoral Student of Criminology, has a proud commitment to challenging and enabling others to achieve great things. He is remarkable in his ability to inspire and motivate people with his enthusiasm and drive and by sharing stories of his own academic success.

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Ruth

Ruth is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, with a Masters degree in Online and Distance Education. She is all about supporting meaningful education in prison and on release. Considering herself a student as well as a teacher, she is passionate about inclusion. “Education can be liberating”.

Julie

Julie is a master’s student of Applied Anthropology and Community Development with an interest in seeing prisons as communities. Having studied as a mature student, she believes it's never too late to start on a learning journey and that there is no knowing where it might lead you.  She will be coordinating our work within the prisons.

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Gill

Gill is a retired academic, clinician, mentor and restorative justice practitioner and when she is not bee keeping, is leading on our evaluations and ensuring ethical practice of our delivery and research.

Candide

Candide is an undergraduate of Law with Criminology at the University of Law. She joins the team as an allrounder but will be mainly concentrating on keeping our students informed and supported.

In her own words,  “I decided to reach out and be a part of DWRM, not only for the experience, but mainly because I believe we all deserve an equal chance of achieving greatness”

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Jo

Jo's academic background in Criminology and Forensic Mental Health combined with her work with one of DWRM's partner universities in HMP Pentonville, inspires her work with students to realise their potential through education. She strongly believes that we have more in common than we have differences and this is key to her work with DWRM.

Together, we bring a unique and complementary combination of skills, lived experience expertise, management and administrative abilities, and economic prowess, which creates an energetic dynamic. We share a strong commitment to social justice and rehabilitation of people in prison, manifested in providing a prisoner voice and empowerment. We have expertise and relevant experience of studying Higher Education in prison and of facilitating the provision of study materials. We have a well-established reputation for providing excellent support to students in prison and on release, and we have significant connections and networks within the field of prison education. This unique blend of lived experience combined with professional and academic practice places us in a strong position to take this ambitious project forward.

Board of Non-Executive Directors

We are delighted to introduce our board of non-exec directors who are working with us to provide strategic direction, financial oversight and general support. Board meetings are held quarterly, with each member taking on a different area of responsibility and keeping in contact with the DWRM team.

 

Ian McFarlane

Ian is a retired businessman and academic, who successfully established and led his own company for many years. He is an economist with a strong sense of social responsibility, having first engaged with a prison university partnership during his own student days in the late 1950s. He has served as treasurer on many charity boards and has been involved with DWRM since we started.

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Steve Newton

Steve is a commercially focused senior executive leader commanding over 30 years’ international sales & marketing experience, building board-level strategies that fuel business development both nationally and across the global arena. Working as a consultant and business coach, drawing on his extensive corporate experience primarily within the automotive industry, he is committed to help guide and support companies across a wide spectrum of industries and services.

An inclusive leader / teacher, who believes we can always learn from one another, Steve is passionate about developing and implementing appropriate processes and technology to enhance customer experience. He is looking to draw on his experience and energy to help implement the company’s shared vision.

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We provide professional support and challenge to universities, working closely with HMPPS and the Ministry of Justice to ensure a high quality of educational support for students in prison. Our focus is on rehabilitation in its purest form; prioritising the voice of people in prison who are disadvantaged by socio-economic features, negative educational experiences and disillusion. We will maximise our substantial expertise in higher education in prison, using our excellent inter-personal skills and effective working relationships with a wide range of partners.