Prison Service figure receives honorary recognition


Date: 6th Sep 2017

Buckinghamshire New University has presented an honorary degree to Carol Gaskin, Governor with responsibility for Safer Custody, Healthcare & Segregation at Wormwood Scrubs prison and a distinguished figure in the Prison Service.

Carol Gaskin, a Visiting Professor at the University, received an Honorary MSc in recognition of her impact on the Prison Service and continued work with Bucks New University.

She said: “I am truly honoured and amazed to be awarded this MSc by Bucks New University. Throughout my engagement with this establishment I have met so many students who are eager to learn and they have been a privilege to work with.

“I look forward to continuing to develop the relationship with students, graduates and the University professionals in the future. My thanks to Professor Rebecca Bunting, Dr Ciaran O’Keefe and Bucks New University for this honour.”

Gaskin started supporting students at Bucks New University in 2014, providing opportunities to explore the practical side of working in the custodial setting and sharing the experiences of her and staff.

Thanks to the link-up a number of graduates have joined the Prison Service to pursue careers.

Gaskin began her career in the Prison Service in 1989 at HMP Wandsworth and was appointed to her first governor position in 2001. She has worked at prisons including HMP Winchester in Hampshire, and HMP Bullingdon in Oxfordshire and Woodhill in Milton Keynes.

She has taken on a range of duties and responsibilities in operational management, reducing reoffending and enabling safer custody. At times Carol also worked at the higher grade as Deputy Governor in these three establishments.

Michael Spurr, Chief Executive of HM Prison and Probation Service, said: “This is a tremendous honour. I am very pleased Carol’s work has been recognised in this way.

“This fantastic partnership with the University is achieving great results and we are keen to encourage students to work in HM Prison and Probation Service and the wider criminal justice system in what is a vital public service and a rewarding career.”


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