Exploring Tertiary Education for People with Convictions

Claire Lightowler, Dughall Laing, Richard Thomson

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Having a criminal conviction or the likelihood of getting one has significant statistical relevance to the widening access agenda, however the available data about students with convictions was either unavailable or lacked integrity and context in order to produce meaningful quantitative information about the successes of the iii sector in attracting people with convictions and supporting them to succeed. Setting a benchmark now, would also permit comparisons over the long term. While a conviction is not a protected characteristic, the ways in which it intersects with protected characteristics means that barriers relating to convictions have an impact on equalities.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGlasgow
PublisherUniversity of Strathclyde
Number of pages37
Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2017


  • tertiary education
  • people with convictions
  • convicted offenders
  • employment for ex-offenders

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