Welcome to the #HallamBigRead19!

So what is #HallamBigRead19?
The Big Read was first delivered by Kingston University after research into similar initiatives from American universities and is a shared reading scheme that we hope will help you settle into university life alongside a community of your peers also reading the same book.
This means all new students will receive a free copy of ‘My Name is Leon’ with the hope that it will allow for first discussions and social interactions to happen more easily as all new starters will have a common topic of interest. Reading for pleasure is great for your mental health too!
What you’re saying…
I the Hallam Big Read by @HallamLibrary is a brilliant idea! I’ll definitely read “My Name is Leon” during the semester libguides.shu.ac.uk/thebigread #TeamHallam #HallamBigRead19
How will I get my book?
You should receive your copy of My Name is Leon – a gift from University, when you arrive at your student Halls of Residence. For those of you not living in student accommodation, there will be collection points at the main Hallam Help desks located in both Libraries. International students will receive copies of the book at their inductions, and partner college students will receive the book at their respective colleges.


Is anything else happening?
Funny you should mention that… during Semester 1 (2019/20), there will be activities relating to the book for students to get involved in. These will include book clubs and discussion groups and activities relating to the themes of the novel which include
  • mental health issues
  • the care system
  • and racial inequality
You can find all this information and much more on the Hallam Big Read Library Guide here on the Library Gateway.


This all sounds great  – but I’m not a new starter!
If you’re not a first year and want to read the book there are some copies available in both libraries and we’ll be encouraging all first years to read the book and pass it on!


Join the conversation using #HallamBigRead19
@HallamLibrary on Twitter
@HallamLibrary on Instagram


Did you know?
Reading improves memory and concentration as well as reduces stress!
Please note – My Name is Leon covers challenging topics. If you, or someone you know, are affected by any of the material, support is available from the university. You can contact Hallam Help in person, by phone or online
Colleagues in Student Services are contributing to our Hallam Big Read related activities and we’ll be promoting the addiotional support available through our Big Read activities.


Who has funded this project?
The purchase of the books is being funded by the Hallam Guild, a cross-university community of staff and students with shared goals and common interests, working together to develop a culture of educational excellence in the University, by building expertise and sharing best practice. The project has been supported because there is a strong evidence for its positive impact on the student experience, but it is new to Sheffield Hallam and our distinctive learning community.
The university has been able to negotiate a special arrangement with the publishers, so the cost of each book is very significantly below the normal sale price.