James King (Scotland)

Email: secretary@epea.org


Jim King joined the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) in 2002 from a background in community based adult education. This role involved managing a national Scottish Government project to explore the extent of literacy and numeracy difficulties in Scottish prisons.

Jim took up post as Head of Education in 2011 overseeing all custodial education, arts and libraries and representing SPS at national education forums. Jim has promoted the use of the arts and Project Themed Learning to encourage engagement and innovation in prison learning. Originally from Glasgow, Jim is based at SPS Headquarters in Edinburgh but travels regularly across all Scottish prisons. He is currently leading an international review of custodial learning on behalf of Europris and the European Prison Education Association (EPEA).

From an academic perspective, Jim has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Social Science (GCU, Glasgow), Post Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disorders (University of South Wales); Master of Science (MSc) in Adult Education (University of Glasgow); Master of Arts (MA) in Literacy and Language Studies (University of Lancaster) and he has recently completed a Master of Studies (MSt) in Criminology at the University of Cambridge.