The Unlocking Potential Podcast highlights the effects and impacts of admissions policies and supports for people with convictions. Across the series, Dr Joe Garrihy explores the educational journeys and experiences of students with criminal convictions including the barriers faced and the remarkable resilience of those who have achieved their goals. Additionally, contributions from key stakeholders will highlight key issues including GDPR, employment and social enterprise, and the work of Unlock UK.
Unlocking Potential is an innovative project aiming to increase access to higher education for people with convictions, improve the diversity of the third level student population and support desistance and reintegration. The Unlocking Potential Project is a collaborative project, led by MU Access Programme and MU School of Law and Criminology, which brings together a consortium of partners including MU Innovation Lab (Mi:Lab), Irish Prison Service, Irish Probation Service, Pathways Centre (City of Dublin ETB), and the Irish Penal Reform Trust. The project is funded by the (Irish) Department of Public Expenditure and Reform within the framework of the Public Service Innovation Fund 2020. The project’s origins link to the Maynooth University and Mountjoy Prison Partnership (Public Service Innovation Fund 2019) launched in April 2021.
The podcast is essential listening for anyone with an interest in second chances, desistance, inclusive education and social justice.
All episodes are available here.
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The project website UnlockPotential.ie will go live on 17 January 2022.