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 BarbaraHartWorked in prisonBarbara Hart is from Portland Oregon and gained her PhD from Trinity College Dublin. She researched...
preview image PamelaHazelWorked in prisonPamela Hazel was appointed in 1975 by the Northern Ireland Office as a teacher working in the...
preview image DominicHenryWorked in prisonDominic Henry joined the Northern Ireland Prison Service as a Basic Education teacher in 1975 in...
preview image HarryHughesWorked in prisonHarry Hughes was one of the first intake of students to study with The Open University in 1971 and...
preview image ColetteHughesOU staffColette Hughes has been Project Administrator for the ‘Time to think’ Project since 2017....
preview image BillyHutchinsonStudied in prisonBilly Hutchinson is from the Shankill Road Belfast. He left school at fifteen with no...
preview image StudentJStudied in prisonStudent J is from the South of Ireland. He did his secondary schooling through the medium of Irish...
preview image PatJessOU staff, Tutored in prisonPat Jess graduated in Geography from Queen’s University Belfast. She was an Open University...
preview image TutorKOU staff, Tutored in prisonTutor K worked as an Open University Associate Lecturer in Humanities in the Compounds and H Blocks...
preview image StudentKStudied in prisonStudent K was imprisoned in Cage 20 (the Compounds of the Maze and Long Kesh prison) in the late...
preview image PaulKavanaghStudied in prisonPaul Kavanagh went to a grammar school in Belfast but left before taking his O Levels and was...
preview image MauriceKennedyOU staff, Tutored in prisonMaurice Kennedy worked as Staff Tutor in Mathematics and Computing with The Open University from...
preview image DennisKennedyOU staff, Tutored in prisonDennis Kennedy worked as an Associate Lecturer in European Studies in the H Blocks of the Maze and...
preview image GabiKentOU staffGabi Kent researches conflict transformation peacebuilding and transitional justice and is a...
preview image RobertKerrStudied in prisonRobert (Rab) Kerr is from Belfast. He left school at fifteen was imprisoned on a number of...
preview image EddieKinnerStudied in prisonEddie Kinner grew up on the Shankill Road Belfast attended Somerdale Secondary School and left at...
preview image JohnKremerOU staff, Tutored in prisonJohn Kremer moved from England to Belfast in 1980 to take up a post as Lecturer in Psychology at...
preview image StudentLStudied in prisonStudent L had a good secondary education and was considering going to University after he left...
preview image HeatherLairdOU staff, Tutored in prisonHeather Laird graduated in Engineering from Queen’s University Belfast. She worked as an Open...
preview image ShelaghLivingstoneShelagh Livingstone graduated in English from Bristol University lectured in India and was involved...