The University of Canberra launched the UC Book Project in November 2012, with the announcement of the chosen book that would be required reading for all commencing undergraduate students in 2013. The inaugural UC Book of the Year for 2013 was the multi-award winning novel Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey. The UC Book of the Year for 2014 was Room by Emma Donoghue. The UC Book of the Year for 2015 was The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion and the UC Book of the Year for 2016 was The Strays by Emily Bitto.
The UC Book of the Year for 2017 is The White Earth by Andrew McGahan.
The UC Book of the Year is required reading for all commencing students at the University of Canberra and a free copy will be provided to every commencing student regardless of their course, as well as all academic, professional and general staff at the university. The book is available as a paperback or as an eBook.
The objective of the UC Book Project is to introduce commencing students to intellectual life before their studies officially begin, encouraging early engagement with UC on-line resources, informal learning and sharing among all new students, closer connections between staff and students and greater inclusion of the University's associations, adjuncts and UC Schools.
The University of Canberra is one of the first Australian universities to embark on this initiative, as part of its innovative approach to student engagement. More than 6000 copies of the novel were made available to staff and commencing students of the University in 2013, as well as commencing University of Canberra College students and Year 12 students of the Lake Ginninderra College.
Each year a different book is chosen by a high-profile selection panel. All UC staff and commencing students will receive an email from the University providing details on how to get their free copy.
Use the links on the left of this page to read more about the UC Book of the Year, the selection panels, on-going debates and FAQs.
The UC Book Project was evaluated after the first year of introduction, at the end of 2013. An Executive Summary taken from the UC Book Project - End of Year Report 2013 can be found below. The next evaluation is due to be conducted in 2015.
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