Student events

What are Howard League students up to?

Find out what Howard League Students have been up to; from freshers' fairs to speaker events, from cake sales to prison visits.

November 2014

Through the gate: Transforming rehabilitation and the future of prisons conference

When: Wednesday 19 November 2014, 9–4pm

Where: The King's Fund, 11–13 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0AN

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February 2014

Friday 21: The national Student Day of Action



Monday 11: Emily Sinclair, National Student Officer, gives a talk about The Howard League's work for Sociology students at Lord William's School.

Saturday and Sunday 16-17: The annual national student social action conference, IMPACT, held at Warwick University.

Wednesday 20: The Howard League annual Student Conference 2013: Think Beyond the Bars: the dynamics of desistance, held at The King's Fund in London.

Thursday 21: Essay prize launch. The question for next year's prize will be announced soon! Watch this space.


Tuesday 1: DMU Howard League president Stephen Carty launches The Student Journal of Criminology.

Tuesday - Wednesday 1 -2: Some of our students attended and assisted with our What is Justice? conference.

Monday 7:Suleman Amad, BCU student society president and UR Boss young advisor, gives a talk to students in Birmingham about the Howard League, UR Boss and his experience of going through the criminal justice system.

Thursday 17: former prisoner Ben Gunn talks to students at LSE about his experience of life in prison.

Friday 18: former prisoner Ben Gunn talks to students at Liverpool University about his experience of life in prison.

Tuesday 22: Howard League students will attend The Prisoners' Education Trust lecture at Clifford Chance, Canary Wharf, London. They are promoting and linking up with rehabilitative projects as part of our Community sentences cut crime campiagn.  

Wednesday 23: Former Prisoner Ben Gunn talks to students at BCU about his experience of life in prison.

Thursday 24: The Howard League annual Parmoor Lecture to be held at Clifford Chance, Canary Wharf, London with guest speaker Sir Brian Leveson, President of the Queen’s Bench Division, Chairman of the Sentencing Council.

Wednesday 30:Emily Sinclair, National Student Officer, gives a guest lecture about the Howard League and penal reform to students at Goldsmiths University.


Freshers' Fairs Season!


Thursday 20: Presidents' Lunch held at The Howard League headquarters in London.


Monday 13: Guardian columnist, penal reform campaigner and former prisoner Erwin James will be giving a talk to our Oxford University student group entitled, The truth about prisons. 7pm, Corpus Christi Auditorium.


Monday 15: Does restorative justice work for sex offenders? Circles of Support will be speaking to students at the University of Leeds about why they believe there really can be 'no more victims'.

Friday 26: Kerry McCarthy MP will be speaking to our Bristol group for a Q&A on justice issues. 6pm, Wills Memorial Building.

Friday 26: Ben Gunn will be speaking to students at Kaplan Law School about his experience of prison and what needs to change.


Monday 4: Erwin James will be speaking to our Nottingham group on, 'Time behind bars: Is there life after murder?'  6.30-8pm, LASS B62.

Monday 4: Come and buy a cake to raise money from penal reform. Our Bristol group are holding a bake sale from 1-3pm in the Wills Memorial Foyer.

Tuesday 5: Our Nottingham group will be at HMYOI Glen Parva, to learn what life is like in a young offenders institute.

Tuesday 5: Stephan Smith, solicitor with the Howard League legal team, will be speaking on 'Prisons, children and legal aid: What you need to know' at Kaplan Law School, 5.30pm.

Saturday 9: Come and visit our stall at the Derby University Law and Criminology fair!

Monday 11: The award-winning Eden House Project will be speaking to students in Bristol about 'Women in the Criminal Justice System'. As the winner of the Howard League's Community Programmes Award, the project has been hailed for its incredible contribution to the understanding and support of vulnerable women involved in the Criminal Justice System. 6-7pm, Wills Memorial.

Monday 11: 'Why prison isn't working' - our Cardiff group will be giving a presentation on the work of the Howard League. 5pm, Law School Room 1.30.

Monday 11: Keele University Debate Society have teamed up with the Keele Howard League Society and Women's Society to present a debate on women in the criminal justice system. 5.30-8pm, Westminster Lecture Theatre.

Wednesday 13: Students from our Kaplan group will be holding a show debate at Inner Temple.

Wednesday 13: It's that time of year again. Cardiff our holding their AGM 6-8pm, Law School Room 1.29.

Wednesday 13: 'Out of sight, out of mind: My experiences as ex-governor of HMP Brixton, HMP Belmarsh, HMP Swaleside'. John Podmore will be speaking to our Exeter group. 4pm, Queens LT1. 

Wednesday 20:The Bristol and Cardiff Howard League societies are running a joint social to the Clinks restaurant in Cardiff.


Friday 1: Jennifer Kay, National Student Officer, will be giving a guest lecture to Social Policy students at the University of Winchester.

Wednesday 6: Jeremy Whittle, Resettlement UK, will be speaking to students at Plymouth University. If you would like to read more about resettlement, you can download our free guide to resettlement law.

Thursday 7: Come and visit our stall at the 'Work to change the world', Cambridge University. 1-6pm, Examination Halls.

Thursday 7: Have you seen Everyday? Nominated for Best Film at the London Film Festival, this film explores the relationship of an imprisoned man (John Simm) with his family. Our Warwick group are screening the film at 6pm in S1.69.

Tuesday 12: Howard League Solicitor Sinead MacCann will be speaking to students at Middlesex University, as part of the Law Faculty's 'Professional Links' series.

Wednesday 13: Jennifer Kay will be speaking to students at the University of Kent on 'Campaigning for Penal Reform: The Role of the Third Sector in challenging the status quo'. 1.15pm Gillingham Building Room G2-04, Medway Campus.

Monday 18: Lord Carlile QC, former President of the Howard League, will be speaking to our LSE society.

Monday 18: Our Leeds group are selling cakes to raise money.

Tuesday 19: Our Nottingham society will be debating sentencing policy: THB that a life sentence should mean life in prison. Proposing the motion are Philip Davies MP and Moya Griffiths. Ben Gunn and David Perry QC will be opposing. 7pm, B63 Law Faculty.

Wednesday 20: Students from our Nottingham society will be at HMP Gartree.

Thursday 21: Why write to an inmate on death row? This is the question our Oxford group are asking. Professor Gavin D'Costa will be providing the answer. 7.30pm, Oxford Hub.

Monday 25: Professor Joe Elliott, Principal of Collingwood College & Professor of Education, will be speaking to students at Durham about preventing and managing problem behaviour in school. 7.30pm, Penthouse Suite.

Tuesday 26: Jennifer Kay will be holding a workshop at London Metropolitan University, asking the question, 'Does prison work?

Wednesday 27: DAY OF ACTION! Our student groups across the country will be making short films around the question, 'When does an ex-offender stop being an ex-offender?'

Thursday 28: Professor Roger Smith will be speaking to our Plymouth students about restorative justice, in association with the British Society of Criminology South West Branch, and the Law and Criminal Justice Research Centre. 


Monday 14: The John Howard Essay Prize is launched.

Thursday 17: Come along and hear John Podmore talk about his 25 years of experience as a prison governor at Belmarsh, Swaleside and Brixton prisons, at Durham University. The talk is at 5.30pm, Cafe Ustinov, Ustinov College.

Wednesday 23: Our Exeter group are hosting Ben Gunn, who will be talking about his experience of prison and what needs to change. With a record prison population, a spiralling budget and rising reoffending rates, Ben will draw on his 32 years of custodial experience to talk about what needs to change in the penal estate.

Friday 25: Chief Executive Frances Crook will be speaking at the Exeter Debating Society's debate: 'This house believes the death penalty is a fair penalty'. 7.30pm, Amory Parker Moot Room.

Tuesday 29: A panel event on the age of criminal responsibility is being hosted by our University of Birmingham group. Speakers invlude Professor Steven Wood, who will offer a neurological perspective, and Sergeant Stephen Knight will be speaking of his hand-on experience as a police officer.

Wednesday 30: Come and join our Plymouth group at their cheese and wine evening to find out more about the society and what they do. 



Monday 3: The National Student Executive Committee will be meeting to represent Howard League students across the country. Get in touch with your rep so that they can put forward your ideas.

Tuesday 4: The Cardiff Howard League Society will be proposing the motion 'Prison doesn't work' along with the Debating Society.

Tuesday 4: London Met Police Commander Victor Olisa (one of the first black police commanders) is coming up to give a talk about his views on penal reform in England to students at the University of Warwick.

Wednesday 5: Plymouth Howard League Student group are proud to present Rae Porter and Liz Hand from Promise, at 6.30pm in RL209. PROMISe (Plymouth Reducing Offending through Meaningful Interventions Service) supports women who are involved in the Criminal Justice System in Plymouth.

Wednesday 5: Students from Nottingham will be visiting HMP New Hall, to see what life is like inside a women's prison.


Tuesday 6: Jennifer Kay, National Student Officer, will be delivering a guest lecture to first-year criminology students at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Wednesday 7: Come along to the Law School as our Cardiff group host a hustings for the South Wales PCC candidates. Come along and ask them how they will be representing you! 6pm, 1.03 Cardiff Law School.

Wednesday 7: Our Birmingham group will be visiting HMYOI Brinsford, to see what life is like for young people in custody. The same day, our Nottingham students will be visiting HMP Nottingham.

Tuesday 13: Charlie Ryder will be speaking about his time inside prison to our Warwick students. He will screen his one man play which will be followed by a Q&A. Come along to S0.08 at 4pm.

Thursday 15: Jennifer Kay will be speaking to students at Plymouth University about the work of the Howard League and how they can get involved. More information.

Tuesday 20: The University of Birmingham Social Policy society will be hosting students from Bristol University to debate the topical issue of prisoners' voting rights. The event is jointly run with the UoB Howard League Society. The motion of the debate will be 'Do our prisoners deserve the right to vote?' 7pm, Mandela Room, Guild.

Wednesday 21: The National Student Conference brings together all of the Howard League student groups for a day of talks, workshops and debate.

Thursday 29: Students in Birmingham will be challenged by Dr Simon Pemberton on 'Austerity Britain' and the implications this has on penal policy.


Monday 1: Our LSE group will be signing up students at their freshers' fair.

Tuesday 2: The group at Cambridge have relaunched and will be at their freshers' fair.

Tuesday 2: Frankie Owens will be speaking about his time in prison to students at Leeds, as part of his Walking for forgiveness tour. 

Wednesday 3: One of our most established groups are hoping to recruit a new crop of campaigners at Oxford freshers' fair.

Thursday 4: Another day, another freshers' fair, this time at Reading and Bristol.

Friday 5: The last fair of the season is at Warwick, who have a stall at their Volunteering Fair.

Tuesday 9: Frankie Owens, author of the award-winning Little Book of Prison, will be speaking to students at the University of Sheffield. 5.30pm, Moot Room.

Wednesday 10: The Oxford committee will be going for lunch at the Clinks restaurant.

Wednesday 10: Jennifer Kay will be giving a talk about the work of the Howard League to our brand new student group at University of Keele at 2.30pm, CBB 2.023.

Thursday 11: A panel debate at the University of Derby. Guests speakers include Frankie Owens, Derby Gangs Advisory founder, Derby Youth Offending Service and a Governor from a Young Offenders Institute. Academy Bar, 7.30pm start. Buffet provided.

Thursday 11: Tim Mayo, North East Coordinator for Prison Fellowship England and Wales, will be speaking about his work at Durham University.

Friday 12: Noel Smith and Frankie Owens will be speaking about their time behind bars to our Nottingham group. 5.30pm in B63. Law and Social Sciences Building. 

Tuesday 16: All of the Police and Crime Commissioner Candidates for Nottinghamshire will be speaking to students at the University of Nottingham. The Question Time event will be chaired by BBC Political Editor John Hess. 7pm in B63, Law and Social Sciences Building. 

Wednesday 17: The new group at Cardiff will be receiving committee training and going for lunch at their local Clinks restaurant afterwards.

Wednesday 17: The BCU Howard League Society are welcoming back Frankie Owens for a guest lecture on his time in prison and his progress on the Walking for Forgiveness Tour. 6.30pm, A040, Atwood Building Room.

Monday 22: Frankie Owens makes a stop on his tour at the University of Bristol. 6.30pm in The Old Council Chamber, Wills Memorial Building. Facebook event page.

Tuesday 23: Our Warwick group are hosting an introductory talk and training workshop, delivered by Jennifer Kay. 11am in H3.44, Humanities Building.

Tuesday 23: It's the first meeting of the term for our group at Oxford. 7.30pm, Oxford Hub library.

Wednesday 24: Come along to the Pro Bono Fair at University of Reading to meet the student group there. 

Wednesday 24: The National Student Executive Committee will be meeting at the Howard League office to represent the views of all Howard League student groups.

Thursday 25: All Howard League students are invited to our annual Parmoor Lecture in London. This year's speaker is HH Judge Peter Thornton QC, the first Chief Coroner of England and Wales.

Friday 26: Nearly at the end of his Walking for Forgiveness tour, Frankie Owens will be speaking to students at Exeter about his experience of prison, the importance of arts in prison and the Forgiveness Project. More information.

Monday 29: The Debating Union at Nottingham is hosting 'This House supports the reintroduction of the death penalty'. Gerard Batten (UKIP MEP) and Mark Mullins will be proposing the motion; Mark George QC and the Howard League's Frances Crook are opposing. 7pm, B63 Law and Social Sciences Building.

Wednesday 31: Chief Executive Frances Crook will be speaking at the University of Leeds, 1-2pm Moot Court Room, Law Faculty. More information. 


Wednesday 19: The first freshers' fair of the season is at Birmingham City University, who recruited nearly 300 students last year!

Thursday 20: It's the first time that our groups at Leeds and Sheffield will be represented at their respective freshers' fairs.

Friday 21: Our group at the University of Birmingham will be recruiting at the second day of their societies fair.

Saturday 22: The Winchester Law Society is affiliated with the Howard League, so we will be heading south to sign up some keen law students.

Sunday 23: Even though it's a Sunday, our groups in the south-west will be promoting their established groups at Plymouth and Exeter freshers' fairs.

Monday 24: A brand new group is launching at the University of Nottingham, as part of the Pro Bono Society.

Monday 24: Jennifer Kay will be delivering an introductory talk on the work of the Howard League at the University of Birmingham at 6pm.

Tuesday 25: Our Derby group will continue their flying start at their freshers' fair.

Wednesday 26: Former Howard League Director Dr.Martin Wright will be coming to talk to students in Plymouth about his work with the Howard League and Restorative Justice. Martin Wright was a founder member of the European Forum Restorative Justice and a board member of the Restorative Justice Consortium and the Conflict Research Society. In 2012 he received the European Forum’s European Restorative Justice Award. PSQ Stonehouse lecture theatre, 6pm. More information.

Friday 28: Come and join our brand new group at the University of Cardiff freshers' fair.