Accommodation application day is looming…..

Accommodation application day is looming…..

The front page of today’s Metro: “Parents in the dark on uni fees”

A reference to the rise in university tuition fees in September 2012. How lucky we all must count ourselves! For those of you applying to arrive here in just THREE MONTHS TIME, you will have just managed to slip in under the current system.

While it would be great if all fees were abolished and we could study for free, I’m quite happy to be paying the £3.375 this September, rather than the £9,000 in 2012.

So as I say, just three months and counting until many of you will step onto the Ormskirk campus for the first time as Edge Hill University students. Things are beginning to take a big step towards the reality of it all.

Now that you will have your offers from Edge Hill, you will now get the chance to apply for accommodation, with application site going live next THURSDAY 23 JUNE at 12 NOON.

You should have received your login details for the website via post or e-mail at this stage, but here’s just a quick remider of how you apply:

Login via Hi at:

Username: Student ID Number

Password: Date of Birth DD/MM/YY

From there you will be able to decide which accommodation is your preference and send off your application.

For those who are still unsure of which accommodation to apply for, the best way of deciding is to visit our open day THIS SATURDAY 18 JUNE 10am – 3pm, where I, along with many other bloggers from Hi as well as other current students will be able to show you around the various accommodation.

We have a wide range of accommodation with any mix of catered/self-catered, en-suite/shared bathroom facilities and female-only/mixed halls.

There are four main types of accommodation to choose from in terms of buildings: back halls, Forest Court, main halls and ‘new halls’ (Founder’s Court and Graduate’s Court).

For me, each hall has there own unique selling point. Back halls are the only halls on campus to have a large open communal area or common room. Many of the Forest Court halls have en-suite facilities at a reasonable price setting. Main halls have some of the largest rooms on campus and generally include catering. New halls have televisions in the kitchens as well as in the bedrooms where they double up as PCs!

So the best way of deciding is to come and visit us.

For those who won’t get to visit, check out to get a feel for our on-campus accommodation.

And don’t forget, halls will be allocated on a first come first serve basis so make sure you’re sitting by your internet at 11.55am on THURSDAY 23 JUNE!

Any questions on accommodation, please feel free to comment – I have lived in all accommodation!



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Edge Hill University 3 – 3 HMS Campbeltown

Edge Hill University XI 3 – 3 HMS Campbeltown

(Edge Hill win 10 – 9 on pens)

AN Edge Hill University select took on a team from the HMS Campbeltown ship last Saturday.

Campbeltown docked in Liverpool last week to celebrate the life of this fine ship after over 20 years of service since being built in Birkenhead.

The ship will be decommissioned at the end of this month so the on board football team wanted to go out with a bang.

From kick off and through the first half it became evident that there was not much between the sides, but two pieces of individual brilliance from star man in the middle Danny Wilkinson ensured Edge Hill went in 2-0 up at half time.

Two superbly taken long range strikes came either side of a free kick from striker Paul Carey, although his dipping shot passed just inches over the crossbar.

The Navy boys looked to use their fitness in the second half to get themselves back in the game.

Edge Hill worked hard to keep their shape but as legs tired they allowed themselves to sway from formation and allow Campbeltown in for goals from AJ Jenkins and Russ Aitkin.

Late in the second half Carey managed to find himself on the left of the box just behind the backline and coolly slotted the ball across the keeper and in at the far post.

However, Edge Hill continued to tire and allowed Carl Hanson equalise for Campbeltown just two minutes from time.

Edge Hill had one more chance from a free kick with the last kick of the game but came to nothing and so penalties were needed after a full time score of 3-3.

Wilkinson kicked off scoring the first penalty and then proceeded to take the gloves for the rest of the shoot out.

It was not until the sixth penalty that Gillespie managed to save from McElroy, but Wilkinson kept Edge Hill in the game by returning the favour.

For the 11th it was back to Wilkinson again who bagged his fourth of the day.

As Gillespie stepped up to take his penalty, the ball agonisingly hit the right post head on and Edge Hill emerged victorious after some serious nail biting.

Man of the match Wilkinson was delighted with the result.

“It was a great effort by the whole team. I’ve been in goal before so was happy to be in for the shoot out.

“I think I was just a bit lucky with the goals, I saw the keeper come off the line both times so I just went for it and glad it went in twice.”

Edge Hill University XI
Wilkinson 23, 42
Carey 82

HMS Campbeltown
Jenkins 53
Aitkin 60
Hanson 88

Edge Hill University XI: (l-r)

Back: Phil Watson, Christian Mitsiaras, Michael McElroy, Dan Smith, Harry Northrop, Gareth Dowling (c)
Front: Joseph Geraghty, James Motum, Paul Carey, Daniel Wilkinson, Christopher Moss

HMS Campbeltown: (l-r)
Back: Gaz Head (c), Taff Jenkins, AJ Jenkins, Gillie Gillespie, Carl Hanson, John ‘Sid’ Little, Woz Beattie
Front: Phil Mitchell, Alex Elston, BL Holleran, Rob Dewars, Rob Sykes

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Team Edge Hill fixtures preview 23/02/2011

Team Edge Hill fixtures preview 23/02/2011

TOMORROW sees yet another packed fixture list for Team Edge Hill, with 20 teams in action in the BUCS leaugues.

BADMINTON Men 1 v Edge Hill University Men’s 2nd (h)

With just three matches left to play, the firsts will be looking for this to be their eighth straight victory and stay on course for their unbeaten season.

BADMINTON Men 2 v Edge Hill University 1st (a)

The seconds meanwhile will be still looking for a win to pull clear of Bangor in third who are just one point off with a game in hand.

BADMINTON Women v Manchester Metropolitan University Women’s 1st (a)

A win against top of the table MMU will push badminton to second in the table just two points off top spot. The girls were victorious in the first leg at Edge Hill in the first match of the season so are full of confidence.

BASKETBALL Men 1 v Bangor Men’s 1st (h)

A tough season so far in this higher league for basketball, but this is one match to target with Bangor just one place above bottom of the table Edge Hill. Danny Rainford will have to continue his fine form since coming into the side if Edge Hill are to get anything from the match.

BASKETBALL Men 2 v Glyndwr University Men’s 1st (h)

Victory for the seconds will see them leapfrog Glyndwr into fifth in the league and keep their push to finish as high up the league as possible with promotion all but impossible at this stage of the season.

FOOTBALL Men 1 v MMU Cheshire Men’s 1st (a)

After a run of four matches without a win the firsts will look to beat MMU Cheshire who sit a place below and five points behind. A 3-0 win earlier in the season signals to another certain victory.

FOOTBALL Men 2 v Bangor University Men’s 2nd (a)

This second versus third clash will be tough for Edge Hill who lost 3-2 earlier in the season, but a win today will seem them jump a place to top of the league and maintain their ambitions ov promotion this year.

FOOTBALL Men 3 v University of Chester (Warrington) Men’s 1st (a)

Should the seconds beat Bangor, the thirds will jump to third with an expected win against bottom Chester Warrington whom they have already demolished 5-0 this season.

FOOTBALL Women v Keele University Women’s 1st (a)

With two of their four matches left against bottom placed Keele, the women could very well be looking at finishing second and in a play off place for promotion this year.

HOCKEY Men 1 v University of Manchester Men’s 4th (a)

A mouth watering top of the table clash in store following Manchester’s 3-2 win in November, Edge Hill must win to keep alive any chance of automatic promotion, with a play off spot virtually guaranteed already.

HOCKEY Men 2 v Keele University Men’s 2nd (h)

Another top two clash for men’s hockey with yet again only one point seperating them. The seconds will have to rely on home advantage if they are to overcome a Keele side they fell 3-0 to already.

HOCKEY Women 1 v Bangor University Women’s 1st (h)

The girls are in serious danger of dropping out of the play off spots with a tough match against top of the league Bangor, having already lost 3-1 this season things look dodgy for the firsts.

HOCKEY Women 2 v Glyndwr University Women’s 1st (h)

If ever there was a match for Natalie Whelan’s team to win this is it. Both sit bottom of the table without a point and at home Edge Hill could be looking at their first win of the season.

NETBALL 1 v University of Manchester 4th (a)

This is the match that could confirm the firsts as division four champions, or allow Manchester to sneak in and put the pressure on Edge Hill’s unbeaten girls in the last two matches. Having won by only four points in the first match, the girls will need to be on top form for this crucial away fixture.

NETBALL 2 v University of Cumbria 2nd (h)

Edge Hill will almost certainly go top by Wednesday afternoon with a home fixture against bottom placed Cumbria who they have already beaten 53-47, and with a game in hand will go a point clear of Lancaster coming into the home stretch.

NETBALL 3 v University of Liverpool 4th (a)

It will be tough for the thirds to complete the set but a win against Liverpool, who they have already lost to and sit top, will see them go first.

RUGBY UNION Men 1 v Liverpool John Moores University Men’s 2nd (h)

Rugby union are on the cusp of automatic promotion and will look to home advantage, their first match on campus this season, to drive them over the finish line with a victory over John Moores.

RUGBY UNION Men 2 v University of Chester (Warrington) Men’s 1st (a)

The seconds will be looking to get back to winning ways in order to chase down Chester Warrington in second place and continue their push for promotion in only their first season.

SQUASH Men v University of Lancaster Men’s 2nd (h)

With promotion just out of sight Terry Wood and his men will be looking to add to their impressive season and three wins in six matches. Although a win over Lancaster could leave a possibility of finishing second this season.

TABLE TENNIS Men v University of Lancaster Men’s 1st (a)

Edge Hill will be playing to keep the score down with the first leg finishing in a 17-0 loss against the league leaders who have been rampant this season.

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The British Universities Gaelic Football Championships

So after a long hard six months for myself and my committee team, we competed in the British Universities Gaelic Football Championships.

On Saturday morning, 16 footballers travelled to compete in division three of the national championships.

This weekend tournament that consists of three divisions is a celebration of the great Irish sport that is now played in this country.

Gaelic Football has grown from strength to strength and in this, its 20th anniversary year of Gaelic in UK universities, there are now over 40 institutions taking part.

What is great about this sport is that while it is traditionally Irish and full of Irish players, students from all countries are now taking part.

Of the 16 of us that travelled, only half were Irish with the other half British (seven English and a token Welshman!)

I set this club up only in October 2009 so to have competed in the nationals for the second time in our short 18 month history is a huge achievement for us.

This year, we even had full Edge Hill University kit, courtesy of our Students’ Union who have supported us by also supplying transport.

Below you will see a picture of the kit (what was left of it after some tough weather conditions!)

We went down to Birmingham with one intention: to win!

I said to my team all week as captain: “If you’re not coming down to win this championship, don’t come!”

When all 16 of us turned up for the coach at 6.45am on Saturday morning I knew I had a group of committed young men.

We went down there and came away with wins against the University of Abertay and Newman College Birmingham in the group stages.

Unfortunately, due to the league structure, the University of Glasgow dropped down from division two having lost their two group matches and duly beat us in a evenly fought match.

Glasgow went on to defeat the University of Teeside by one goal and six points to one goal and five in the final.

The Edge Hill Gaelic Football Club is just one of the many clubs available for students to join, and if the sport you enjoy is not here, just do what I did and set one up!

If you have any questions about any of the sports clubs and teams here at Edge Hill please ask now and maybe it might help you make up your mind!

Edge Hill Gaelic Shirt

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The Rotaract Club of Ormskirk Edge Hill

Rotaract Club of Ormskirk Edge Hill

EDGE HILL is to have its first ever Rotaract club this year, following meetings held yesterday.

Founder of the Rotaract Club of Ormskirk Edge Hill, Sean Parry, met with Directorate on Monday afternoon to discuss the final details of the setting up of this exciting new club on campus.

Pro Vice Chancellor for Resources Steve Igoe met with Parry and the meeting was hailed a success by the innaugural presidents.

“Steve said if we ever needed any help from the University it would be there; posters on campus, room bookings, holding events, etc.

“He seemed quite impressed with the concept that students were actually interesting in setting up a club that would benefit the wider community and not just another ‘drinking team’.”

Sean went on to explain more about the club.

“Well this was the biggest step as now with university backing we can plough ahead.

“We have had a meeting already with the Maghull and Aughton Rotary Club and will now give a presentation to them on 8 March on our plans for the year, before becoming an active club open to membership on 1 July.”

These are sure to be exciting times with some initiatives already mooted include running bingo nights at local care homes, bagpacking and race night fundraisers to donate money to local charities, a clean up of Ruff Woods and also a sponsored cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

For more information on the Rotaract Club of Ormskirk Edge Hill, please contact Sean Parry on

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The big move – new halls in September!

So Student Assistant again!

I found out yesterday which hall I will be moving into in September, either Matheson or Macdairmid in Founders Court.

I have been tasked with the responsibility of being the SA for both these halls, and will be ‘looking after’ over 50 first year students next year.

As SA, the role is to provide advice and guidance to the first year students, being a first port of call for any issues they may have, while also ensuring certain reasonable rules are kept to, such as keeping the halls in a relatively clean state and not blaring music and making noise until 5am when other students have lectures at 9am!

It’s a job I really enjoy doing (and must do as it will be my third year in the role!) as I get to meet new people every year, make new friends while keeping friendships with the people I have lived with in previous years.

Also living on campus is great fun and makes getting to lectures on time a lot easier!

The part I am looking forward to most is the upgrade in accommodation! I have lived in all types of accommodation on campus including the main halls, Forest Court and back halls but never any of the new buildings. So I now look forward to the luxuries of a TV in my bedroom, an en suite, and most importantly, a fridge in my bedroom!

I requested to be placed in the new halls as it is my final year and it would be nice to have experienced each varying form of on-campus accommodation before I graduate and move on to living in rented houses like a lot of my friends from my first couple of years have already done. Although I have lived in Ormskirk town in a house over the summer months so have experienced every option available.

So for those of you who do end up in either Matheson or Macdairmid hall next September, I look forward to living it up in Edge Hill’s poshest halls!


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First blog!


First blog; it’s about time I started!

I’m Gareth and I am studying Journalism here at Edge Hill University. I just wanted to get blogging before all the applicants get their UCAS applications sent off in January.

Aside from my course, I have other interests here in the university that you might be interested to hear about over the next few months.

I am currently living in halls for the third year in a row now, and each year I have had experience of a different hall. I have had catered and self-catered, en-suite and shared facilities, common room and no common room! All three years I have loved living on campus and I will profile each hall in future blogs nearer to the accommodation application time.

At Edge Hill University, we have one of the fastest growing Students’ Unions in the country. Two years ago we had just one sabbatical (full-time paid role) officer, our SU President. Last year we had two Vice Presidents (Academic and Welfare, and Activities and Participation) added to the executive team, and this year we now have a third Vice President, Communications and Campaigns. Added to these positions, we have roughly 20 officer positions filled by current full time students who volunteer their own time.

In the Students’ Union, I am the elected Sports Officer for 2010/2011. This is quite an active role as there are sports taking place every week. I have to work to cater for anything a team asks me to help them with, with filming and producing sports reports, deciding and announcing the Team Edge Hill awards for team and player of the week, while also carrying out my duties as club captain for Gaelic Football and Rugby Union 2nd team captain.

The Gaelic Football and Rugby Union teams are just two of the clubs here at Edge Hill University, and I am also a part of the Hockey team when I have time! Along with these three clubs there are over 20 other sports clubs on offer. Again, I will go into more depth on the range and quality of the sports teams in a future blog, but for now you can check out my most recent sports report (albeit quite an unsuccessful week for Team Edge Hill by our usual high standards!)

Gareth Dowling reports the sports from Edge Hill University 29 November 2010

If I don’t blog again before then, I hope you all have a happy Christmas and a great new year

Slán go fóil (Goodbye – in Irish!)


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