Connect Common Reading Experience

About the programme

This is a University of Hertfordshire-wide reading programme focused on developing a shared experience of reading for all students. Students and staff read the same book and participate in discussions, activities and events that relate to the themes of the book.

Connect provides an informal and enjoyable opportunity to get to know other students and share a learning experience together. It will tap into your curiosity and help you develop your critical thinking and oral discussion skills. It will also give you the opportunity to explore the themes of the book from different perspectives and through multiple lenses which can help you develop a deeper interdisciplinary understanding.

The book for 2021-22 is: The New Wilderness by Diane Cook, with the theme of climate change and sustainability.

The New Wilderness book cover by Diane Cook
Author Diane Cook profile pic Author, Diane Cook

What are the benefits?

Connect provides an informal and enjoyable opportunity to get to know other students and share a learning experience together. It will tap into your curiosity and help you develop your critical thinking and oral discussion skills. You'll have the opportunity to explore the themes of the book from different perspectives and through multiple lenses which can help you develop a deeper interdisciplinary understanding.

By completing the programme, you can also earn points towards your Go Herts Award.

How does it work?

You can now register for the Connect Common Reading Programme. Simply enter your existing University of Hertfordshire username and password to commence registration.

If you cannot remember these details, please contact the LCS Helpdesk by calling (+44)01707-284678 or by emailing helpdesk@herts.ac.uk.

Upon registration, you will be added to the studynet site where you will find instructions on how to download or collect the book for free, as well as details about the upcoming activities for the year.

Across the community

A key feature of the programme is its distribution across the University academic community, providing participants with opportunities to engage with students and staff across the institution's diverse disciplines.

Connect aims to foster an awareness of the breadth and richness of the University's intellectual environment, a sense of community and collaboration and an understanding of the value of interdisciplinary dialogue. We encourage you to make the most of your journey at Herts by taking part in this innovative experience, which is designed to enhance your experience at university and your future career.

We also encourage faculty members to engage with the programme, and get in touch if you would like to contribute.

Contact the Student Success team for information not covered on these web pages.

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