Students who have enrolled on a Faculty of Science and Engineering course have been sent a copy of Rachel Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry as part of the Big Read campaign – an initiative created by Kingston University as a way of making students feel welcome.
Since 2016, the University has sent a book to every undergraduate and postgraduate student to ensure that new arrivals feel welcome before they arrive.
The Big Read campaign was inspired by similar projects in the United States that showed the benefits of creating a community through shared reading before students arrived at an institution, helping them to settle in to their new environment.
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book prize and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Rachel was awarded the Specsavers National Book Awards ‘New Writer of the Year’ in December 2012 and shortlisted for the ‘UK Author of the Year’ 2014.
Nazira Karodia, Dean of the Faculty of Science & Engineering at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “The WLV Big Read is part of a wider, national initiative which was introduced by Kingston University to help students feel part of the University community as quickly as possible.
“Hopefully, when our new students join the University family, the book will help them to settle in quickly and give them something in common with the people they meet when they arrive.”
Anyone wanting to study a degree course in the Faculty of Science and Engineering should register for the next Open Day on Saturday 12th October 2019.