Working in partnership with HMP Bronzefield, a Category A adult and young offender female's prison located on the outskirts of Ashford in Surrey.
We have continued to embrace the pioneering spirit of the College by bringing staff and students from the School of Law, and the Royal Holloway classroom, to women in the prison. The initiative has achieved the following aims:
- To enrich the widely available interpretation of the values enshrined by Suffragettes: We have delivered a course enshrining the Suffragette values of aiming to improve (particularly women's) access to education, and enhance access to employment opportunities by developing transferable skills among both the Royal Holloway and the HMP Bronzefield students;
- To reach new or target audiences: This is the first prison-university learning initiative between a university in England and Wales and a women’s prison;
- To widen educational access and opportunity: This initiative aims to widen educational access and opportunity to women at HMP Bronzefield, while also offering our own students and staff a unique teaching and learning experience;
- To involve College students in ways that support academic attainment and/or employability: As well as adopting a pedagogical approach specifically focused on developing students' critical thinking and study skills, this scheme has given students from the School of Law first-hand experience of working within the criminal justice system, directly relevant to the career aspirations of many of our students;
- To create new or reinforce existing community links: This project has brought the students of the outside community into the prison community as a means of fostering a community of learning where each group not only comes together to learn as one student body, but where each group can learn from the other.
Reflections from Participants of the Pioneering Women Learning Collaboration between the School of Law and the Women of HMP Bronzefield.