• The Big Read Collaboration between Kingston University, the University of Wolverhampton, Edge Hill University, and the University of the West of Scotland, 2018-2019

      Baverstock, Alison; Steinitz, Jackie; Shelar, Tanuja; Squires, Kelly; Karodia, Nazira; Butler, Rebecca; Smith, Sara; Sopromadze, Natia; Crowley, Sara; Clark, Alison; et al. (Brill, 2020-11-19)
      This paper outlines the experience of four universities that collaborated on a pre-arrival shared reading project, the Big Read, in 2018/2019. They did so primarily to promote student engagement and retention and also to ease the transition into higher education, particularly for first-generation students, to promote staff connectedness, and to provide a USP (unique selling point) for their institution. The paper covers all the associated processes, from isolating the respective aims of the collaborators to the choosing and sharing of a single agreed title. In analysing the outcomes, recommendations are made for future cross-institutional projects of this kind.