Reading Ahead is back, what a novel idea

Another year has passed us by and its that time of year when we start making resolutions for the year ahead. Luckily UNISON has you covered as The Reading Challenge has returned, and if you are not planning to join us on our literary journey then you can only blame yourshelves.

Starting on the 1st January 2020 and running through the the end of June the Reading Ahead Challenge is here to support young people and adults by changing their perception of reading, opening up opportunities and building their confidence.

UNISON Loughborough is a proud sponsor of the Reading Agency and have taken part in the challenge for a number of years, even building up our own ‘library’ of books and resources to encourage our participants, staff and students alike, to really find the magic in reading for pleasure.

The Reading Challenge invites its participants to pick six reads and record, rate and review them in a diary. Once your complete you would receive a certificate presented by the Vice Chancellor, an avid supporter of the challenge. Don’t fret, the programme isn’t just about books – it’s about newspapers, magazines and websites too. The aim is to challenge yourselves to try something new and discover that reading can be a pleasure in the process.

We will be hosting our annual launch event for the challenge in January.

More information to come on our events page.


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The reading agency invites those who take part to register on their website to access book lists, reviews and chat with other participants. Once you have completed your reading diaries to enter a national prize draw to win some great new prizes while our organisation could win an author event. Anyone taking part can also the Reading Agency website for participants to share their thoughts about what they read, enter competitions and find out more about the programme.

Click here to find out more