We will start offering full degree courses in September 2021.

Before then, we had hoped to run a pilot in 3 prisons starting in January 2021, working collaboratively with students to refine the application processes and study support. Unfortunately, this is currently on pause due to Covid restrictions and we are working hard to re-start in April.

This pilot project delivers a Foundation module from the University of Westminster and will enable us to test our ideas for providing study materials, study skills sessions and tutor support.

Our key target audience is people in prison who are disadvantaged by a lack of Higher Education (HE) provision from UK universities. This means a limited choice of quality education for paying consumers in prison compared to the general population. People are often unable to choose the most suitable course or university for their requirements and tend to be “shoe-horned” into choosing from a limited range of options.

In prisons there is a lack of incentivised options to challenge and change attitudes and beliefs about education. The focus on employability skills is at a very basic level, leading to minimum wage jobs. Those who are capable of achieving more are not catered for and are discouraged from applying by the barriers to study, lack of study support and digital access to study materials. There is potential for people in prison to have much higher employment aspirations, as a result of achieving HE qualifications, which in turn leads to a significant reduction in reoffending rates (Justice Data Lab, 2019)