Boosting the participation of under-represented groups in Higher Education is a strategic goal for the UK government, and universities are encouraged to seek to attract a wide range of applicants from different social, cultural and educational backgrounds. About 30% of school leavers go straight to university and 50% of today’s 18-30 year olds will attain a degree. However, the proportion of people in prison who participate in Higher Education is less than 2% of the prison population.
DWRM plans to break down the barriers to successful delivery of Higher Education in prison, which we have experienced from both sides of the fence. We will work with universities to offer a choice of degree courses to students in prison, focusing on provision of study materials, tuition and participation in a learning community. And when people are released from prison, we will support them to attend the university campus to complete their degree.
“Education in prison should give individuals the skills they need to unlock their potential, gain employment, and become assets to their communities. It is one of the pillars of effective rehabilitation. Education should build social capital and improve the well-being of prisoners during their sentences.”  

Dame Sally Coates

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We are working with several universities whose details are in our prospectus. More will be added to this list during the year.

University of Westminster offering Social Science Foundation courses.

University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) offering Business and management courses.

London College of Creative Media (LCCM) offering Music Performance and Music Business Management courses.

University of Greenwich offering Maths courses.

Our university partners are committed to providing access to education for people from every background, and most of them also have a strong track record as leaders in the field of prison-university partnerships. This sector-leading position makes our four partner universities ideal institutions to lead our current initiative seeking to broaden access to higher education for current and former prisoners.

Each has made a commitment to inclusive education which is clear through their policy on admissions for people with convictions. The policies are open and accessible and have been developed alongside organisations working to support prisoner education. This allows students from all backgrounds (including recently released and currently serving prisoners) to study for their futures in a supportive academic environment.