Learning Together


Together with the Mountjoy Prison Campus and the City of Dublin ETB, Maynooth University would like to invite you to a presentation by Dr Ruth Armstrong and Dr Amy Ludlow (University of Cambridge) about their action research project Learning Together. This will also be an opportunity to understand more fully the nature of imprisonment for those who wish to participate in a visit to the prison after the talk.

Learning Together brings together people in criminal justice and higher education institutions to study alongside each other in inclusive and transformative learning communities.As part of the afternoon, Ruth and Amy will also discuss the practical elements involved in setting up their project. Please find more information here. https://www.ccgsj.crim.cam.ac.uk/LT/What

We hope that this will initiate a wider Irish conversation between universities and criminal justice institutions in order to explore opportunities for educational partnership and engagement across these different institutional settings. Maynooth University is keen to share and exchange ideas, knowledge and practice with other Higher Education Institutions in Ireland and in the UK.

We would like to encourage any academic or researcher, from anywhere on the island, and from any discipline to join us on April 5th in Mountjoy Prison. Please share this with other members of your university community.

Learning Together: Education as the Practice of Freedom?

Location: Chapel, Progression Unit, Mountjoy Prison Campus (Parking on-site will be available).
Date: April 5th 2018
Time: 1.15-5.30pm
Arrival: 1.15-pm: Visitors Centre (Please bring PHOTO ID). All phones and bags should either be left in the car or, if necessary, can be stored at the prison (although this will be at your own risk).
Lunch:  1.30-2.15pm.
Presentation and Discussion in Chapel: 2.15-4.15pm
Visit (Optional): 4.15-5.30pm

In this talk Dr Ruth Armstrong and Dr Amy Ludlow will discuss the theoretical roots, practices and evaluation findings of Learning Together; an initiative that builds communities of learning between higher education and criminal justice institutions.

Drawing on educational, criminological and sociological scholarship, they will discuss the research underpinning their practice and the learning communities that have grown from these roots over the last four years. They will show a short film of the work in practice in a prison in England, and will share some of the findings from the ongoing evaluation of students’ experiences of Learning Together. Their talk will provide a basis for a broader discussion about the local higher education landscape within universities and criminal justice institutions in Ireland, and the distinct benefits and challenges that working in partnership could bring for learners and for institutions.
Please rsvp to: aislinn.odonnell@mu.ie by Wednesday March 28th at the latest. Be advised that numbers will be limited, and we’d appreciate it if you can let us know well in advance if you need to cancel your place. 
In your response, please indicate that it concerns the Learning Together event in the Subject Line, and please include the following:
Date of Birth

It would also be helpful to know your university affiliation and/or disciplinary field.

We need this information to secure security clearance to enter the prison. This information will not be retained after the visit.