Working at Edge Hill – Let’s get this bread.

Getting a job at University is important in more than the obvious ways. Sure you could look at it as just a means of getting cash but don’t. When you come to university it is important to make it worth your while and having a part time job can really help you ensure that you are getting the most out of your university experience. So here are three ways that working at Edge Hill University ensures that you are making the most out of your time.


You may have had a part time job before University and if so, that’s great. But if you haven’t that’s OK too. Getting out there and actually working is a great way to not only gain experience in the field of your work but in life. Its a common quote that ‘Everyone should work in retail for at least a month’  the idea being that when you’re on the other side of the angry person screaming about how they’re right you might appreciate the cashier the next time you walk into a shop annoyed about something you bought.

A Sense of Purpose

This one might sound silly, but hear me out. When you start university you will most likely have a lot of free time. You can fill a lot of this by meeting friends and going out but after a while you might start to find yourself looking for something to do. A job is the perfect way to fill this void. By having an outlet and a sense of purpose you will find your days go by much faster and you get all the other benefits of working.

The cash

Alright, can’t ignore it anymore. The cash. It’s the big one. Having that extra cash to do things like go on trips or maybe insure your car. Working is a great way to make that extra cash, and honestly there is nothing better than having your own money and your own independence. Knowing that you don’t have to rely on anyone and being able to spend your own money on what you want without feeling guilty is a great feeling, only topped by the feeling that your time is valuable to someone.

Hopefully this blog answered all your questions about parking on campus. If you want to read more you can check out the EHU careers center here.

If you want more free and great advice email or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!

House finding tips!

Hi everyone,

Its getting towards the time of year now where most people will be starting to think about looking for a house for the following year. When I was experiencing this I didn’t really know what I was doing or where to start! So here are a few tips to help you along the way!

1. Attend a housing workshop

Campus life run these workshops every year towards the end of november/ early December. These are really helpful sessions to give you advice on looking for a house and all the factors you may need to consider when doing so!

2. Decide who you are living with

This sounds quite straightforward but making this decision can be quite stressful sometimes. One thing I have learnt is that it is a lot easier to have an even number of people of usually 4 or 6 as that I was the majority of student houses are. Also, don’t decide too early on in the year who will be living with who as by the time December rolls around things might have changed!

3. The housing list

The housing list is something every edge hill student will come across at some point. This is usually released in December and it contains all the university approved properties in Ormskirk and the surrounding areas, therefore making your job a little easier!

4. Don’t rush!

One thing you don’t need to do is rush trying to find a house! There is more than plenty of houses for everyone so take your time and enjoy looking round the houses – I find it quite fun! Make sure to book viewings with various landlords and weigh up the options with your roomates and hopefully everything else will fall into place!

Ellie 🙂

What’s on at uni this week!

Hi everyone,

Edge Hill always has some amazing events to suit everyone all throughout the year so I thought I could let you all know some of the things that are lined up for the next week or so!

All these different events can range from free film viewings to karaoke or a stand up comedy show!!

Give it a go! Cooking with your cluster! – TOMORROW!!

Campus life are holding a cooking event tomorrow for you and you’re flatmates, it is free of charge and they even provide the ingredients for you – it’s a great way to learn to cook, especially as it’s fun too!

Learning to Thrive in the 21st Century – TOMORROW

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Professor Rod Nicholson is coming to Edge Hill to deliver a talk on dyslexia and how you can use it to you’re full advantage to help you succeed in the 21st century – this sounds like such a good opportunity!

Open Mic night – Monday 5th November 

An open mic night is always a fun way to socialise and can be really funny too whether you want take part of just watch either way you’re going to have a great time! And it’s completely free too!

The students union website is always being updated with lots of events on the social calendar to keep you up to date!

Ellie 🙂


What’s on this bonfire weekend!

Hi everyone,

and Happy Halloween! I hope you have a great time dressing up and celebrating!

I love this time of year as there is so many amazing things you can do with your friends, bonfire night is the next holiday to fall upon us so I thought I would let you know what you can do in Ormskirk and Liverpool to celebrate!

1. Ormskirk cricket club.

This is just down the road from campus so it’s really easy to get to if your living on campus and it’s not too far out from the town either! Tickets are £5

2. The Pough Inn, Lathom, Ormskirk

This is also only a 5 minute car/bus journey away from the university. Tickets cost £4 and there’s going to be a hog roast, games, sparklers and rides!!

3. The River of light display, Liverpool

One of the biggest bonfires in the north west, this bonfire is set to be amazing! Held on Sunday 4th November. Fireworks will be lit along the river Mersey for people from both Liverpool and the Wirral will be able to see them – this is also a free event!

Also, as always if you are near fireworks or decide to use them yourselves do be careful and make sure you do so in a safe environment! There’s lots going on this bonfire weekend so make the most of it and I hope you all have a great time!

Ellie 🙂

Being a Part of a Society

As you are looking forward to starting your university adventure, I am sure you are wondering which societies are available and which ones you would want to join (or if you want to join any at all). In my first and second year I hadn’t joined a society, but had experienced going to socials such as the football social. Anyone is welcome to join nights out and meet new people… that is what is so great about societies and socials at Edge Hill!

Sports Teams

This year, I am currently playing basketball with the basketball society (Edge Hill Ducks!). Although I used to play GA in netball during high school, I can’t say Basketball is my forte. Going to training has made me appreciate how different these two sports actually are! However, everyone at basketball has made me welcome and part of the team. This shows you that you can join a sports team no matter how experienced you are… just go for it!!!

Create a society

You can find the list of Edge Hill’s current societies on their website. However if there’s
nothing that interests you, you have the option of creating your own society. Edge Hill Student Minds society is a great example and was created last year by a fellow primary education student. It is open to anyone struggling with their own mental health, wanting to support others, to learn more about mental health and helping to remove the stigma around it.  You can follow their page here.

If you have any questions about societies at Edge Hill, drop me a comment! If there is a specific society in particular, I will do my best to put you into contact with them.

Anna 🙂

Trick or Treat Yo’self

Hello everybody!

I hope you have had a lovely weekend. I turned 21 on Friday which means I’m officially a responsible adult… but I definitely don’t feel like one! I love this time of year at university, not just because it’s my birthday, but because it’s HALLOWEEN!

Bring in the Boos

Edge Hill’s student bar and venue are putting on a Halloween night for textbook’s Halloween takeover. This year it’s perfect that Halloween lands right on a social Wednesday. Expect to see venue filled with vampires and ghosts (I’m personally hoping for no clowns).

Pumpkin Carving 

If you are gutted you have missed out on pumpkin carving in the hub why don’t you nip out to Morrison’s? My house bought a pumpkin each for 75p… not bad! They also have little pumpkin carving kits for £1 in the Halloween aisle.


Poundland and B&M are the perfect places for reasonable sweets for trick or treaters (if you live in town), and Halloween decorations.

Halloween in Ormskirk

If you are looking for something a bit more low key than a night out at the SU, Coronation Park (opposite Morrison’s) are putting on a Halloween fair.  The Timber Yard have created an event from tomorrow until Sunday for Halloween AND Bonfire Night.

Whether you are already a student at Edge Hill, or are applying to study here next year, I hope this gives you some idea of the fun things to do on Halloween. I hope you have a great one! Speak soon,



Making the most of reading week!

Hi everyone

Happy reading week!

I thought today I would share some tips on how to make the most of your reading week.

1. Read!

As silly as it sounds but this week is really useful (especially for those of us who are English students) to get some reading done this week as its rare we get a full week off during term so this is a great chance to catch up on any reading.

2. Plan

If you feel that so far you haven’t been as organised as you may have liked, you could use this week to gather your thoughts and make a plan for what you want to achieve for the rest of the semester.

3. Enjoy yourself!

As important as uni work is, it’s still really important to enjoy yourself and take some time out to chill. This is key as you will few more refreshed when you start lessons again! You could celebrate Halloween, go to a bonfire or just chill at home!

4. Be productive with your time!

This is one that I think every student struggles with and that is finding the balance between study time and leisure time. During this week you could maybe spend the mornings doing work, and then you can have your afternoons free for you to do as you wish!!

I hope this was helpful and enjoy the rest of your reading week!

Ellie 🙂

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A Year Until Uni

So you’re in your final year… are you feeling sad, anxious or relieved? I remember feeling all three things! Here are a few tips to make the most of your final year of college / sixth form.

  1. What’s your goal?

Make sure you know what you’re aiming for by talking to your teachers, friends and family. Are you applying for jobs, university or a course? Whatever you decide to do, make sure you use this year to gain experience and do the best you can in your coursework and exams.

  1. Get involved

As it is your last year of school, try to get involved with different things that are going on. I know it may vary in different colleges / sixth forms, but if there are year book and prom committees you could volunteer! (It’s fun AND will look good on your CV). Instead, maybe you would be good at mentoring younger pupils in a subject of your choice.

  1. You do you

However, extra-curricular stuff can be a challenge sometimes whislt trying to balance it with your work and revision. So do not panic! You will have plenty of opportunities at university such as joining a sports team or different societies.

  1. Research and visit your university

Throughout my last year I was constantly researching Edge Hill and the things they have to offer. This really motivated me when revising for exams because I knew that was my end goal. Visiting Edge Hill will give you the chance to explore the beautiful campus and modern accommodation. If you think it looks good on the pictures, prepare to be blown away! You can book an open day here – I highly recommend it!

I hope you have a great week! Speak soon,

Anna 🙂

Writing your Personal Statement

You may have written your personal statement already, you’re in the midst of it, or haven’t made a start on it yet… which is okay! I remember spending days looking at a blank word document wondering how to even start the thing. Here are some tips that might help you if you have the same problem:

  1. Make some notes

To start with, make some headings and bullet points. Think about you as a person, your achievements and your aims.

  1. Change perspective

Put yourself in a different position. What type of person would you look for to attend your university? Do not worry about being humble… it’s your chance to demonstrate why you deserve to get an offer!

  1. Ask for advice

Use all of your resources and talk to the people around you: your teachers, friends and family. Here is some advice and guidelines directly from UCAS.

  1. Don’t panic

Your personal statement is only the first step. Once you’re asked for an interview, this is your chance to truly shine – they understand that a person on paper is not the same person in real life!

  1. Check and double check!

I’m sure you’ve been told the importance of checking your work time and time again. Redrafting and checking for spelling / grammar is a simple but significant thing to do. Try not to ramble too much and make your sentences clear and concise.

I hope these few tips can help. Let me know if you have any questions! Most importantly, be yourself and you will go far!

Have a good week, Anna 🙂

Setting up your Console in Halls – Gaming at Edge Hill University [Part 1]

Connecting your console at EHU

Connecting your console at Edge Hill can seem complicated. The number one question that I hear is how to make X work with the network. So this blog hopefully will clear some information up on getting your Xbox, Wii, or PlayStation connected to the network. Before I continue I have to include this disclaimer:

I do not work for IT Services. If you break or use their network in any way that is against the terms and conditions they will be mad. Keep it fair and fast for all.

What halls can connect?

At the moment, not all halls across campus have access to the Ethernet network. This applies to older halls. For example Back, Main and Forest, you’re out of luck for a wired connection, we’ll discuss wireless options later.

Halls that are currently supported:

  • Chancellors Court
  • Founders Court
  • Graduates Court
  • Palatine Court
  • Woodland Court

You will also need an Ethernet cable the cheapest one will suffice, check these out.

Information you need before applying

It’s important to gather all the information you need before you submit your application, there are two pieces that are essential to apply to register your games console on campus: the MAC and the port number.

The port number can be found on the Ethernet ports in your room. Like this:

As for your mac address this is where it gets complex. Luckily the great people over at IT services have a guide for the most common systems, you can check it out here!

The final steps

Once you have your information and you are ready to apply you can follow the form here:

Once submitted you should get an email about a new case being opened. They aim to register the console within 10 days but it is usually a lot sooner.

Once registered you can plug your console and start to play! Some ports may be locked down but in my experience it isn’t many. For technical minds the blocked ports I found were 25 (SMTP) and most of the Microsoft Remote Desktop ports.

A few more tips for wired connections:

  • Your bandwidth gets limited to 100mb/s, you wont notice it
  • You are on a different network from the regular network, things like Microsoft glass might not like this.
  • Don’t register your Computer as a Console. IT will be unhappy.
  • The console registration lasts for a year, that means you will need to do it again if you move back on campus.

That’s all I have for you on this blog but please stay tuned.

Part two will cover connecting consoles to WiFi and Gaming on a PC.

And if you want more free and great information email or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!