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Reading challenge opens gateway to greater opportunities

An initiative to encourage students to read more was run by the College library.

Called Reading Ahead, the scheme invited participants to pick six reads and record, rate and review them in a personal diary. Once students had completed their diaries, they received a certificate and were entered into a prize draw.

The programme encourages reading in all its forms – not just books. It could include newspapers, magazines and websites too. The aim was for students to challenge themselves to try something new and discover that reading can be a pleasure in the process and also help their studies.

The winner of the prize draw was student Jiya Khan and she won a £25 book voucher. Runners-up were Ruta Grainyte and Billy Huang who are both pictured receiving their prizes of a £10 book voucher.

College Librarian Gemma Osborn said: “We run initiatives such as Reading Ahead because research shows that when we inspire people to read for pleasure they benefit from far greater opportunities in everyday life, education and employment.

“Reading Ahead is the gateway to these opportunities. We want students to improve their reading skills and develop a love of reading and this challenge is designed to do that.”


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