Edge Hill University is taking part in a brand new reading scheme in an innovative project to make new students feel welcome and part of the campus community before they start in September.

The EHU Big Read initiative aims to give every new student something in common with other first years and to create links between them and the wider University community, all before they arrive on campus.

From a shortlist of six books, the chosen Big Read for 2018 is the award winning Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. All first year undergraduate students who are starting this September have received a free welcome pack, including the special edition book and a Big Read bookmark.

The book, which is customised with The Big Read branding along with Edge Hill’s logo and a letter from Vice-Chancellor Dr John Cater, is also being read by current staff and students as the whole University becomes immersed in the project.

There will also be plenty of opportunities for discussion and debate about the book during activities, events on campus and competitions, and later in the year the University will welcome author Gail Honeyman on campus to deliver a talk and answer questions.

Launched in 2015, The Big Read is based on similar projects in the US which have shown that creating a community through shared reading before students arrive helps them feel welcome, settle in quickly, and adjust to their new life as a student.

For more information about The EHU Big Read visit: www.edgehill.ac.uk/bigread