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Big Read: Alumni Chapter

Join Kingston University students, staff and alumni for the Big Read, which this year includes a virtual Big Read Book Club over the summer. The Big Read brings together Kingston's community of students, staff and alumni through a shared reading experience and offers opportunities to learn together to enhance our understanding of the world.

Big Read 2020/21

This year's Kingston University Big Read book is the Sunday Times Bestseller Airhead by award-winning BBC journalist Emily Maitlis. The book offers a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of interviews with some of the most influential individuals of our age, including Sir David Attenborough, the Dalai Lama, President Donald Trump and HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York.

Big Read Book Club

The Big Read Book Club will run online events hosted by Kingston University academics and explore different chapters from Airhead such as ‘Public and private celebrity selves' with Will Brooker, Professor of Film and Cultural Studies to 'Who controls an audience reaction?' with Jason Piper, Associate Professor of Dance. Big Read: Alumni Chapter 2020/21 members will receive invitations to selected Big Read Book Club events throughout July 2020 - September 2020. You will also be the first to hear when author Emily Maitlis will be joining us at Kingston University to discuss Airhead.

You can also join the Big Read: Alumni Chapter Facebook Group to share your thoughts on Airhead and topics explored in the Big Read Book Club with fellow Kingston University alumni and staff.

Big Read goes digital

For the first time, the Big Read: Alumni Chapter is now available to all alumni in an eBook format for £5.00.

Big Read: Alumni Chapter Membership

  • A Big Read Airhead eBook
  • Invitations to selected Big Read Book Club events
  • Invitation to join our Big Read: Alumni Chapter Facebook group.

How does it work?

  1. Big Read: Alumni Chapter Membership 2020/21 is £5.00. Sign up via the ‘Become a Big Read: Alumni Chapter Member' form below.
  2. You will receive a Big Read: Alumni Chapter welcome email (within three working days) containing:
  • Your unique Airhead eBook code and download instructions
  • An invitation to your first Big Read Book Club event
  • Joining instructions for the Big Read: Alumni Chapter Facebook Group.

We hope you will enjoy being involved. If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at

Student Hardship Fund

Our Student Hardship Fund supports Kingston University students who need financial help to complete their studies. This is needed now more than ever, and if you would like to support the Student Hardship Fund, please use the ‘Additional Donation' option on the membership form below. Thank you.

Become a Big Read: Alumni Chapter Member

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Development, Alumni Relations and Engagement (DARE)
Crescent House
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Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 2EE

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