Prisoners benefit from university learning partnership

A recent prison inspectors report on HMP Full Sutton has praised the impact of a Leeds Beckett University initiative which saw students study alongside prisoners.

The report stated:

“The small number of prisoners who participated in the Learning Together project, delivered by Leeds Beckett University, benefited greatly from studying alongside and interacting with university students. They participated well in challenging and interesting discussions. Many of the prisoners described how the course had provided them with an ambition to study higher education courses in the future.”

Leeds Beckett University signed a memorandum of understanding with HMP Full Sutton in October 2017 for the organisations to work together to provide higher education to prisoners, research and prison staff development.

This was expanded in September 2018 to include a short psychology course on the psychology of sleep, stress and sport.

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