Open Book

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The Open Book project works with those from offending and addiction backgrounds to encourage them to take up education, offering them ongoing emotional and practical support throughout their course.

The project has enabled more than 60 adults from socially excluded groups find places on undergraduate courses at Goldsmiths and other institutions including Greenwich University, Birbeck University and London South Bank University.

Over 300 students have registered with the project.

"At the heart of Open Book is the ethos that everyone has the right to fulfil their academic potential." (Joe Baden) 

A previous student on Open Book:

''I learnt to read and write in prison where I had spent most of my adult life, never being able to break the cycle. One day I met everybody from the Open Book Project and since then I have managed to complete a history degree and go on to help others reach their potential, just as Open Book helped me reach mine in a positive way''. 

Contact Joe Baden for more information on the project j.baden (