Starting a new chapter with the Nottingham Reading Programme

September 20th, 2016

This year, the University is giving all new students the opportunity to pick up a free copy of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams.

The books are special editions customised especially for the Nottingham Reading Programme, which aims to give students something to talk about in their first weeks at university. Undergraduate students based in catered and self-catered halls will receive the books in their accommodation. New undergraduates based in private accommodation and postgraduates will have the opportunity to pick up a copy in libraries.

The Nottingham Reading Programme aims to give students a conversational ice-breaker as they settle into a new place, encourage reading for pleasure and ultimately build a sense of community among new students by providing a shared experience. Later on in the term, reading groups will be set up to bring students together to discuss The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The programme is supported by Impact: the Nottingham Campaign and was launched in 2015, when new students received copies of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Find out why the University is running the programme once more in the video below.

You can also watch a video from Amy and Laura, two of the University’s student video bloggers, to see what they thought of the book.

Find out more about the Nottingham Reading Programme on our website.

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September 22nd, 2016 at 3:11 pm

Wendy Brennan

I am a member of staff and an avid reader I wondered if there are any uncollected books whether staff would be allowed a copy of the above, as I would definitely be interested.

Wendy Brennan
PA to Head of School
C124 Physics & Astronomy
University Park

September 27th, 2016 at 12:37 pm

Mike Jennings

Thanks for the enthusiasm! At the moment these are only for new students, however once we get further into term if we have any copies left there may be opportunities for staff to receive a copy. We will also potentially be giving spares to local school libraries – so this will depend on numbers.


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