Karen Beck leads the University of Sheffield book group and loves the challenge of being out of her comfort zone


University of Sheffield employees thrive in leadership opportunities

University of Sheffield employees thrive in leadership opportunities

Karen Beck is a Section Manager for the School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield. She leads the University of Sheffield's Juice Book Group that meets monthly at lunchtime to discuss their book of the month.  The groups initiates lively conversation around characters, writing style and authors. They discuss a wide range of genres such as sci-fi, autobiographies and more.

Karen shares her experience of the Book Group and why she decided to lead it.

Becoming a leader

Karen was already part of the book group when it needed a new leader for the group to keep going.

"As I was already so invested in the group and there were other members of the group who really wanted it to continue, I decided to volunteer to become the leader," says Karen.

Karen explains that being the head of the book group requires organising meetings, securing a venue to meet in and gathering together book suggestions from members of the group.

Encouraging a diverse group

The book group began as part of the Women's Network and when Juice was established the group got in touch with the team to ask whether the book group could be re-branded under Juice.

"We felt that this may encourage a more diverse group and broaden our reading lists," adds Karen.

Taken out of her comfort zone

What Karen most enjoys about part of a book group is that she is always being introduced to new reading material. The book group members recommend the titles that they read and then discuss as a group.

"As leader of the group, I don't set the reading lists but I do contribute,," says Karen. "It's nice to be taken out of my comfort zone and read something that I wouldn't normally pick up."

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