One year ago we published the first print edition of The Hoot for students studying within a secure environment. These Open University students have no access to the internet, which as well as making their studies particularly challenging, also means that they are unable to catch up on all the news and content published here at The Hoot online. With the aim to publish and post out a new print edition every 6 months, we are pleased to announce the publication of our 3rd edition. Three copies have now been posted to each secure facility with OU students in their care.
This edition has more bespoke content than ever before, with 9 of the 12 articles written especially for our SiSE colleagues. We have an uplifting interview with an inspirational ex-offender who has been featured in The Guardian for doing great things as part of a social enterprise in Leeds, introductions and updates from two Students Association staff teams, and we discover the work of a London-based charity working with prisons to enable inmates to gift books to their children. We also have an article from the OU’s SiSE team, written for anyone thinking of becoming a student but who hasn’t yet taken the step, guiding them on how they could make it happen.
We always love it when students contribute content to The Hoot, and we know that students appreciate reading articles from their peers. It’s no different with SiSE, who are invited to send in articles on topics of their choice, which we facilitate by including freepost envelopes with the printed newsletters. In our latest edition a student tells us about their experiences, providing fascinating insight into the difficulties of studying from prison and the ways they have found to overcome these challenges.
We were also grateful to another reader who sent in some recommendations to make the newsletter more accessible, and so we have made some formatting and layout updates to this edition following guidance from the British Dyslexia Association (BDA). We hope students like the new layout and find it more accessible.
You can download a full copy of the newsletter from the Students Association website, and the bespoke articles written for the printed edition are now available here on The Hoot online as well:
Student Leadership Team priorities
SiSE survey highlights
Studying in prison
Sharing books with Children’s Book Project
Platforms and paint recycling at Seagulls
What does the Students Association do? The Digital Communications team
Who are the Equality, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI) & Student Welfare team?