Connect Common Reading Experience

Ghost Boy coverThe UH Common Reading Experience is a University of Hertfordshire-wide reading programme focused on first-year students.

Students and staff read the same book and participate in discussions, activities and events that relate to the themes of the book. These will be hosted on campus throughout semester A.

The book for 2018 is Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius.

The scheme will:

  • enable students to get to know peers from different disciplines
  • develop student confidence and support learning within the degree
  • enhance the student's CV
  • offer the chance to win a trip to San Francisco, California
  • be a meaningful and fun experience.

Copies of the book will be distributed to new students during registration. Books can also be collected during Connect events and at key locations across both campuses such as the Main Receptions and the Student Union Offices.

Why join Connect?

At the beginning of your university journey at Herts, we would like you to get the best possible start by taking part in our innovative scheme, which is designed to enhance your time at university and your future career.

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.

During semester A and B, students and staff are invited to participate in a programme of events and activities linked to the themes of the book. These will range from book discussions to wider events with presentations from special guests such as the author of Ghost Boy, Martin Pistorius.

Upon completion of the programme, you will be eligible to enter a competition to win a trip to California, USA. Entrants will prepare a short project based on their response to the book and programme. The winning students will travel to San Francisco, where they will have the opportunity to visit remarkable sites such as the Golden Gate Bridge, the Alcatraz Island, Stanford University and Silicon Valley, which is home to the world's largest technology companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and Yahoo.

Once you have registered on your programme at Herts, you will be sent a link inviting you to enrol on the scheme. If you have any problems with this, please contact Graça Martins.

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 faculty members to incorporate the book into their course curriculum in the 2018-19 academic year.

Contact Graça Martins, Director of Connect, for information not covered on these web pages.

Read more about Ghost Boy and Martin Pistorius and see some reviews of the book.

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