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Learning together and working together: how students and prisoners can work together to find new ways of understanding.

As part of a University of Cumbria and HMP Haverigg experiential learning collaboration we developed and successfully delivered a level 6 module in psychology, worth 20 credits for our students and prisoner students at Cumbria’s only prison.
The way in which we worked together was truly innovative because of how the module content was delivered. Not only did it include typical theoretical discussion and debates on criminology and forensic psychology, it also drew from wider university disciplines and preeminent public figures involved in the local judiciary and criminal justice systems, giving both sets of students an enhanced level of understanding. Interactive dialogue was another unique element of the module and formed the basis of students’ learning. They worked together and learnt from one another on an equal footing, which was highly valued by both sets of learners alike.

“good to have discussions with external speakers and the opportunity to put your perspective forward – and it …

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