This prospectus is addressed to all who are seeking to make a choice in higher education whether you are at present at school, at sixth-form or further education college or are contemplating a return to full-time or part-time study.

Despite the economic and social problems of the present time there is no doubt that the experience of an undergraduate course is invaluable in terms of personal development and enjoyment as well as in terms of career prospects and of life enrichment.

Older entrants, after a period of work or of bringing up a family, find the experience rejuvenating and refreshing. For many, perhaps especially those who are retired or not at present in employment, a return to study opens up new opportunities.

Edge Hill College, with just over 1,630 full-time equivalent students, is large enough to provide a wide variety of courses but small enough to ensure that individuals are not lost in the crowd. The strengths of the College lie in the high standards of the courses we offer leading to University of Lancaster degrees, the large well qualified tutorial residential and administrative staff and the quality of students recruited. I am especially pleased at the high level of employment gained by our graduates at the present time.

We have always been able to expect of Edge Hill students a sense of commitment to their studies, a realism about the place of higher education in their lives and careers and, by no means last, a capacity to enjoy and make the most of all that the College has to offer.

If you would like to come and form your own opinion of the College, you would be most welcome to visit us on a group or individual basis. Your teachers would be welcome to discuss courses and your needs and aspirations with College staff by letter, by telephone or on a visit.


This introduction is from the 1983-1984 Undergraduate Prospectus but – after adjusting a few bits – wouldn’t be out of place today. Marjorie Stanton’s signature indicates it must have been produced in 1982 for applicants starting the following year.

7 responses to “A personal message from the Director #1”

  1. Not sure who the “we” you refer to is but I use both “#” and “No.” with the hash/pound sign coming through IT rather than directly through American cultural influences. I’ve been programming for 20-odd years so to not use # might be a little odd.

  2. Hash has all sorts of uses:

    As a comment in many programming languages – everything after the # is ignored
    A “shebang” line, e.g. #!/bin/php at the top of a file tells the system how to run the script
    An anchor in HTML identify a point in the page for example your comment was #comment-33
    Also in HTML, has is used to encode special characters, for example £ becomes £
    In some forms of wiki markup a hash is used to indicate numbered lists – the # is replaced with incrementing numbers.

    The dollar sign has been stolen for even more purposes.

  3. I’ve noticed some academic areas using x, as in ‘You must complete x3 modules in your main subject’. Best confined to internal documents in my view.