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June 2016

Feature series: SR in the Curriculum

(5 June 2016)

In support of the priority to encourage socially responsible graduates, Humanities provides funding to course leaders through the annual Social Responsibility in the Curriculum competition. The aim is for Humanities students to be encouraged to think how their enthusiasm for their subject can communicate, connect or be relevant beyond the immediate demands of their course.

Each issue we will be featuring a project which has benefited from the competition. This issue, we introduce you to a project by Dr Rose Broad and Dr Caroline Miles, which ensured third-year undergraduate students on the ‘From imprisonment to rehabilitation’ course unit could benefit from expert speakers as they developed their understanding of managing vulnerable groups in the criminal justice system.

To enhance their learning experience and to allow the students to make connections between the theory and practice, the project funded seven guest speakers who presented on their area of expertise, and worked with students on specific issues surrounding the management of vulnerable groups within the system.

Speakers included John Davidson, Head of the Cheshire Delivery Unit of the National Probation Service, and School of Law alumna Nicola Seanor, Health and Justice Service Programme Manager for NHS Yorkshire and Humber. Each presented on their operational experience and the issues of working with offenders from their perspective, with theoretical and policy knowledge provided by Rose and Caroline.

This year the workshops were run as pilots, but following significant positive student feedback, funding has already been secured for future workshops. A number of students were so inspired through the workshops that they visited the Cavendish Mill Women’s Centre in their own time to further enhance their learning.



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