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The Big Read

This is our second year of the Kingston University Big Read – a scheme that offers all new students coming to Kingston University, and all the staff already here, the chance to read the same book.

The HumansThe Humans by Matt Haig is this year's selected book. It explores big themes such as humanity, love and feelings of alienation that we can all relate to in some way whilst remaining light-hearted and beautiful.

How the Big Read works

We encourage you to read the book before coming to Kingston University. The idea behind this is that all our new students arrive with something in common, plus can start talking about it when they get here.

We will be running various events during Welcome Week about the book and what people thought of it, including a chance to meet the author.

How can you get your copy?

Hard copy

If you are starting at Kingston University, you will be sent a copy of The Humans to your home address.

Those who have already accepted their place should get one very shortly, some will get theirs once they have fulfilled their UCAS offer, and others who accept a place slightly later will be sent one once we know they are coming here.

Digital copy

You can download a free digital copy of the book through our partnership with online book club, The Pigeonhole.

How it works:

  • Sign up with your Kingston University email address – this is your K number followed by either @kingston.ac.uk or @sgul.kingston.ac.uk if you are studying at St George's, University of London. It doesn't matter if you haven't got access to your email account yet, your address will still work.
  • On 16 September you'll receive the first of 10 instalments, then one every other day after that. Through The Pigeonhole you can write notes in the digital margins of a book to share your thoughts and discuss themes with other readers, which is a great way to get to know other people before you arrive.
  • You will only be able to access the instalments while you are in the UK.

Be part of the Big Read

Once you have it, do read it – it's not a long read and we've already spotted staff on various campuses reading their copies. There's a letter from our Vice-Chancellor in the front of the book, and you might like to think about some of the questions about the book that feature right at the end. These were written by your fellow students, and we hope you will find them interesting.

We are proud of the fact that we have our very own edition of this bestselling book. Our librarians have told us that because it is a limited edition, it will have a rarity value in future! You might want to bring yours along to the author event in September to ask the author Matt Haig to sign.

It can be really interesting to compare notes with others and talk about who in the book they relate to and why. Reading a book is such a personal experience – finding out how others have imagined the same characters you read about, and often seen completely differently, can be fascinating.

How did we choose this year's title?

With such a big number of people involved, it was important to choose a book that would potentially appeal to everyone. It's not meant to be directly related to anyone's course or discipline, just to be a book that everyone can read for pleasure. But trying to find a title that would appeal to everyone, right across the University – students and staff, whatever their role – was quite a challenge.

After almost 100 suggestions from participants of last year's Big Read, we used a specially created algorithm which factors in the key criteria that we feel affect our students' perception of a great book, to whittle down to a fantastic shortlist of six titles. Each of the six titles could have made a great Big Read title but a selection committee consisting of staff and students from all across the University undertook months of reading and discussions to select the very best Big Read for this year's new students.

Contact us

KU Welcome Week queries (including course induction, enrolment or welcome activities)

  • Tel: 0800 048 2484*
  • Tel: +44 20 7206 4174 (outside the UK)

*Freephone from both mobiles and landlines

The hotline is open from Monday 22 August 2016

Contact us

KU Welcome Week queries (including course induction, enrolment or welcome activities)

  • Tel: 0800 048 2484*
  • Tel: +44 20 7206 4174 (outside the UK)

*Freephone from both mobiles and landlines

The hotline is open from Monday 22 August 2016

Welcome Connectors

Welcome Connectors

Whether you're in need of directions, looking for top tips on uni life or just fancy a chat, our Welcome Connectors are here to help.

They are Kingston University students who are keen to share their knowledge and experience with you, and should be easy to spot in bright green T-shirts.

Contact us

KU Welcome Week queries (including course induction, enrolment or welcome activities)

  • Tel: 0800 048 2484*
  • Tel: +44 20 7206 4174 (outside the UK)

*Freephone from both mobiles and landlines

The hotline is open from Monday 22 August 2016

Welcome Week