Dame Sally Coates
We are working with several universities already and will share details here as these partnerships progress.
Our first partner is the University of Westminster
Westminster University is committed to providing access to education for people from every background. This is at the heart of the purpose and mission of the institution as stated in the 2018 – 2023 strategic plan. Westminster also has a strong track record as a leader in the field of prison-university partnerships. There are currently four existing partnerships which bring Westminster students and prisoner students together in a range of learning initiatives. These partnerships are embedded and growing, and at the start of a 3-year funding relationship with the Quinton Hogg Trust. This sector-leading position makes the University of Westminster an ideal institution to lead our current initiative seeking to broaden access to higher education for current and former prisoners.
Westminster’s commitment to inclusive education is clear through their policy on admissions for people with convictions. The policy is open and accessible and was developed alongside organisations working to support prisoner education. This has allowed students from all backgrounds (including recently released and currently serving prisoners) to study for their futures at Westminster.