Working with prisoners as they grapple with the One-Stop deportation notice from the Home Office would be challenging for anyone. For a university undergraduate, it is an impressive feat.
Hope O'Grady, who worked such a placement as a third year BA English Language and Linguistics student, drew strongly on the advice of her tutors in making it such a positive learning experience.
She describes entering the prison as a real eye-opener, which gave her a profound perspective:
"These are people who have committed one crime and are trying to do everything they can to make themselves better during their time at HMP Huntercombe. I wouldn't have had that perspective if I hadn't met them. They are just great people who made a mistake when they were younger."
"It was particularly difficult when it came to end of the first day and we left the prison: it was a very odd feeling that these people we had been working with for the day weren't able to leave."