Time to think...

Time to Think: Open University journeys in British and Irish prisons during the years of conflict 1972-2000 is a unique oral history archive. The collection contains interviews on the educational journeys of Loyalist and Republican ex-prisoners, Open University staff who tutored in the prisons or were involved in administration of study from the Belfast Office, prison education staff and Open University students who worked in the prisons. It also includes reflective interviews with OU staff and the Time to Think team about gathering interviews and building the archive, alongside audio clips, course materials, films and other artefacts.

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First name Last name Role Summary
preview image WilliamOU staffWilliam has worked in The Open University office in Belfast since 1985 and at time of interview in...
preview image TommyStudied in prisonTommy attended school in County Armagh and left age seventeen with six O Levels. He was imprisoned...
preview image PaddyStudied in prisonPaddy grew up in a rural community left school at sixteen with few qualifications and was...
preview image StudentAStudied in prisonStudent A is from Derry. He left school at sixteen with no qualifications and was imprisoned in the...
preview image JohnAllenOU staff, Tutored in prisonJohn Allen is Professor of Economic Geography in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and a...
preview image MichaelAtchesonStudied in prisonMichael Atcheson attended Dunlambert Secondary School in Belfast and left at age 15 with no...
preview image StudentBStudied in prisonStudent B was in the grammar school stream of a rural secondary school and left with some O and A...
preview image BrianBartonOU staff, Tutored in prisonBrian Barton worked as an Open University Associate Lecturer in History in the H Blocks of the Maze...
preview image GarnetBusbyStudied in prisonGarnet Busby attended the Royal School Dungannon and Dungannon Technical College where he gained...
preview image StudentCStudied in prisonStudent C attended the Boys Model School in Belfast and left with five GCSEs. Aged nineteen he was...
preview image RobertCampbellStudied in prisonRobert Campbell attended the Boys Model School in Belfast and left with an O Level in Mathematics....
preview image JimCampbellOU staff, Tutored in prisonJim Campbell worked as an Open University Associate Lecturer in Social Policy and Social Welfare in...
preview image AlanCarrOU staffAlan Carr worked as an administrator with The Open University from 1975 until 2012. He was National...
preview image MartinCollinsOU staff, Tutored in prisonMartin Collins worked as an Open University Associate Lecturer in Science in the Compounds and H...
preview image DavyConneryOU staffDavy Connery was a Police Officer for over thirty years during which time he delivered prisoners to...
preview image MichaelCulbertStudied in prisonMichael Culbert attended St Thomas’ Secondary School in West Belfast left after his O Levels and...
preview image JohnD'ArcyOU staffJohn D'Arcy is Director of The Open University in Ireland with responsibility for the University in...
preview image JoeDohertyStudied in prisonJoe Doherty is from Belfast. He left school at fourteen and was interned during 1972 at age...
preview image HarryDonaghyStudied in prisonHarry Donaghy attended St Peter’s Secondary School in Belfast and left with no qualifications. He...
preview image MichaelDoorleyOU staff, Tutored in prisonMichael Doorley has been an Associate Lecturer in History Politics and International Relations with...