The KU Big Read was conceived as part of a research project under Kingston University’s SADRAS (Student Academic Development Research Associate Scheme) scheme. SADRAS allows staff and students to work together in the design and implementation of a research project which aims to reference:
- Retention and progression
Funded through The Kingston University Access Agreement, it is a requirement that projects must work in the interests of benefitting one or more of the following underrepresented groups:
- Disabled Students
- Students from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds (BME)
- Mature students
- Students from lower socio economic backgrounds
- Students who are care leavers
The KU Big Read is the sustainable outcome of the first SADRAS project to be developed by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Kingston University While it benefits the specified groups, it does so within the context of reading being beneficial to all, students, staff and wider community. Overall, the project has led to both improved communication and a heightened sense of belonging within Kingston University as a whole.
The KU Big Read is an ongoing research project which Edinburgh Napier University are currently collaborating with us on.
Our first paper was recently published in Logos, Volume 27, Issue 2, pages 48 – 61 Publication Year : 2016.