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Diana Purcell studied Philosophy at The University of Sydney. She was a lecturer in Language and Communication at Ulster University in the late 1960s and while working there was appointed in 1971 as a part-time tutor and counsellor in Humanities with The Open University. Diana was part of a group of academics who went in to the Long Kesh Internment Camp in the early 1970s to give lectures to the internees on a voluntary basis. From the mid-1970s she tutored the Open University Arts Foundation course and was academic counsellor for students in the Compounds (the Maze and Long Kesh Prison). She took up the post of Senior Counsellor in 1977 a...nd in this role pioneered and coordinated teaching and academic counselling of Open University students in the prisons in Northern Ireland and from 1985 in the Republic of Ireland. From 1997 until 2003 Diana continued to work part-time in an advisory role and as an academic counsellor with Open University students in prison in Ireland.
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Title: Why are you doing this?
Description: Diana Purcell Senior Counsellor with The Open University reflects on her long professional career working with Open University students in the prisons noting how Open University education gave students incredible confidence. She also addresses the contested idea of whether or not it was reforming.
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Contributor: Diana Purcell
Duration: 00:01:50
Master programe code and title: Diana Purcell Interview
Master programme production number: 054_T_01
Available to public: yes