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Big Read: Alumni Chapter

Kingston University's strong sense of community is at the heart of our award-winning Kingston University Big Read, our University-wide book club. The Big Read aims to help new students feel welcome and settle into university life. Each new student receives a free copy of the chosen Big Read book, and is invited to join the Big Read discussions and events throughout the year.

In 2017, we launched the Big Read: Alumni Chapter so that Kingston alumni can get involved too! It was also the year Kingston University's Big Read won the Times Higher Education award for Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year.

This year's Kingston University Big Read book is the Sunday Times bestseller The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce.

Why join?

  • You will receive a Big Read: Alumni Chapter pack, including a special edition of The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry book, a welcome letter from author Rachel Joyce, an ‘I am with Harold Fry' badge, and a Big Read bookmark.
  • Be invited to special Big Read: Alumni Chapter events throughout the year, including our Big Read Tea at the Town House.
  • Be invited to join our Big Read: Alumni Chapter Facebook group, an online forum to discuss the Big Read and other books with Kingston alumni and staff.
  • You will be supporting the Big Read project into the future and our KU Cares programme, which enables students from disadvantaged backgrounds to thrive at Kingston.

How does it work?

The Big Read: Alumni Chapter Membership is £25 (UK) / £30 (International) per year. The Big Read project provides us with Big Read: Alumni Chapter books, which means at least £20 of your membership (depending on postage costs) is split between supporting the development of the Big Read project and KU Cares initiatives.

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

Become a member of the Big Read: Alumni Chapter

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Kingston University
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