Placements: All You Need to Know

Hope everyone has had a nice start to the new year! As prospective students, you may not realise that some courses are required to have placements as part of one of their modules. This is normally the case for teaching courses such as Primary Education. However there is nothing stopping students from getting their own placements throughout the years you’re at university as it will improve your skills, in addition to gaining experience.

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Much like my course, Film and TV Production, it doesn’t have a required module for placements however, I am currently half way through 2nd year and I have managed to find a series of placements in different areas in both sectors, as well as in different places such as Manchester and London.

One of the things to do is to talk to the careers team as they can advise you in what placements are available as well as being specific to your course. There are a few courses at University which are harder to get placements such as the course I’m studying but, if you take the time to research into it and talk to people, you will find some.

You can also talk to your tutors about placements. Most tutors have connections with other people in the career you want to work in, and if you show that enthusiasm and interest they will help you find that pathway. For example, I have recently completed a placement at SKY, but found out about the application through one of the studio managers at Edge Hill, and it was one of the best things I have done this year.

If you need any more information, click the link below to direct you to the careers page at Edge Hill.

Careers page for placements, and what they do.

Ellis x

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Living with Room-mates: Tips

So now that everyone has gone away for Christmas Break, you may be dreading going back to your halls on campus to see your flat mates. Not necessarily because you don’t like them, but maybe because they host too many parties during the week and you just want some sleep. So here’s a few tips to try and deal with it.

Talk to them

Obviously this is your first point of call. If you have any issues with your flatmates, it might be a good idea to talk to them first about the situations you’re not happy with. Try to keep it friendly though. For example: say to watch a movie in the kitchen/communal area, or have a dinner together to get everything said.

Go somewhere else

If you know your flat is going to be having a party, or going out drinking and are going to come back making loud noises, try going to the catalyst or to a friends flat for a little bit. This will relax you rather than potentially being paranoid about your flat coming in any minute.

Catalyst help desk

If you’re really not enjoying the halls of residents you’ve been put in, there is always the possibility of you moving to a different halls. You will have to talk to a few people first about the system and how to move out. The first place to go to is the Catalyst Help Desk, as they will help you look for a solution and a specific person to talk to about accommodation.

There aren’t many options unfortunately when it comes to flat mates. With both my flatmates that I had in first year, and now living with my friends on my course, I’ve had no difficulties or problems and loved living with both of these groups. Sometimes, it can just be a clash of personalities, but if you’re really struggling there is always someone to help. Here’s the information for the accommodation team if you need it, or if you’re hoping to come to Edge Hill, you can also find out more information about the accommodation we offer through this team too.

You can contact the Accommodation Team on 01695 657555 or email accommodation@edgehill.ac.uk.

Ellis x

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What’s In My Uni Bag?

Knowing what to pack can be tricky when coming to University. Some might say that they’re not really sure what to pack in their Uni bag to go to lectures. So here’s a few things that I keep in my bag 24/7, ready for a lecture.

Notepad and Pen

Having these two items in your bag is a life-saver, especially when you go to a lecture that you really need to take notes on. I always try and have an A5 size notepad and one/two pens, just in case someone needs one or, if mine ends up running out. After lectures, I try to go back over my notes and either type them up onto a document on my laptop, or, highlight it in different coloured pens so I know which notes are for which lecture.

Uni Keys and ID

Honestly, especially if you live on campus, this is one of the worst things to forget or lose. Your ID acts as your key card to get into your halls of residents. So at least if you forget your key, hope that one of your flat mates is there otherwise, you may have to pay a fee or get a security guard to let you in.

Medications

If you’re anything like me, I have to carry 2 types of medication in my bag as a priority in case anything happens. Due to myself having an allergy and asthma, it is important to carry these items everyday just in case something happens. I also carry some paracetamol in case I start feeling unwell (or usually the case: someone else doesn’t feel good and needs some).

Money

If you have a long lecture/seminar day ahead of you and you forget to bring some snacks from your Uni room, having money on yourself is always a good idea. Just a quick walk across campus to the shop and you’ll find something in no time – and hopefully quite cheap too.

Laptop/Tablet

Sometimes, I feel like bringing in my laptop/tablet. For some students this is easier than writing on paper however, not all of your lectures will necessarily have a table to rest it on, which can become uncomfortable.

I hope this helps! If you have any questions just drop them down below in the comments!

Ellis x

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Happy New Year!

Hey guys!

Hope everyone had a great Christmas and are looking forward to next year! As it’s coming up to a start of the a new year, this is normally the time when people make different resolutions. Mine is to try and go to the gym more than I do and to eat a little better. Here’s a few ideas you might like to try in the new year!

Try a New Hobby

There’s so many different societies and clubs that Edge Hill offers. I know most individuals would’ve joined their societies throughout Fresher’s Week but, there’s no harm in emailing the society leaders about joining, or turning up to a couple of trial sessions to see if you like them.

Be More Organised

At University, you’ll find there’s a lot of work that needs to be done constantly. Get on top of this by being a more organised person. Whether that is having a diary, or a notepad to write down your shopping, or planning out meals to keep cost down. Its completely up to you!

Eat Better

Being at University can make you feel like you don’t really want to cook that much and normally comes down to either: putting a pizza in the oven or getting take out. 2020 is a good year to try and change this by cooking more, even if its just simple dishes. By doing this it will also keep your cost down.

Travel More

If you’re able to, I would definitely say to travel more in 2020. This can give you a look into different cultures and you’ll love it! Also, this gives you something to talk about in your personal statements if you’re thinking of coming to University.

Let me know what you’re resolutions are! Happy New Year!

Ellis x

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Study Abroad: All You Need to Know

Study abroad is an amazing opportunity that Edge Hill offers. It allows students to take a break for a year (or semester depending on your course), to go abroad and study a subject. This can widen your knowledge and experience and possibly improve skills such as learning a new language.

The best thing to do is to find out what places Edge Hill are in contact with, which you can have a look at here:

The list of places you can go to is broad, and it suggests the best countries to go to depending on the subject you would like to study. For example, doing a TV and Film production course, the best place to study abroad is Czech Republic, due to it being a film school.

You can get funding through Erasmus however, that is only if you go to a European country. The Erasmus grant allows you to get up to €300 extra a month depending on parental income. You can also apply for the student opportunity fund, allowing you up to £2000 extra to help cover accommodation and food.

There is a travel grant you can apply for as well with study abroad. You pay £303 first then, any flights after that will be covered by the University for up to 3 return flights in the year.

Study Abroad is definitely an opportunity I would recommend to anyone who would like to travel more or, improve their CV. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.

Ellis x

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Student Proof Recipes

Many of you may have come to University not knowing how to cook, or even what to cook. You may be having takeouts, which a) cost a lot of money and b) the majority of them are unhealthy. Here’s a few Student proof recipes that I think are super easy, healthy and not very costly.

Chicken Curry

This is probably one of my favourite things to cook. I tend to cook a big batch so I can split it up and freeze a few portions ready to have for a few dinners in the upcoming weeks. All you need is:

  • Chicken Breasts/thighs (thighs are cheaper to buy)
  • Chicken stock
  • Curry paste
  • Rice
  • Any vegetables you want: onions, peppers etc.

This is a basic recipe and all you do is cook the chicken with the curry paste, add chicken stock and seasoning and leave to simmer to cook all the way through, whilst cooking some rice in a separate pan. If you’re a vegan or a vegetarian, you can swap the chicken out for chickpeas or tofu.

Pasta Bake

One of the cheats for this is to get the packet seasoning of a chicken bake. You can buy these practically from any supermarket. All you have to do is have the ingredients it says on the packet and follow the instructions. Just make sure you have an oven proof dish and some good melting cheese to go on top of the pasta and sauce.

Chilli Con Carne

Again like the pasta bake, you can get a seasoning packet for this or even a jar of sauce already made. If you’re like me and have quite an array of spices in your cupboard, you could probably make this meal from scratch. For this particular recipe I use, there are a lot of ingredients. However, this makes a big batch so you can freeze the rest of what you don’t eat.

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/3228/chilli-con-carne

There are loads more recipes that I love to cook from BBC Good Food. I definitely recommend having a look!

Ellis x

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Where to Eat?

Going to eat at the HUB on campus at Edge Hill can get repetitive sometimes, and you just want something different. Here’s a few of the places I like to go and eat and hang out with my friends.

Starbucks

Okay, so this is an obvious choice but, especially at this time of year because its all Christmassy and cosy. I just love it! They have a selection of Christmas drinks and food too which is great to get something different to your usual order. I mainly come here after a lecture or when i’ve had a stressful day. Just to chill out. Also, this is a great study spot . All you need is your laptop, some music and a coffee, and you’re good to go!

Cobble

This is a very cute independent cafe and definitely one of my favourites since starting University. They cater for my allergy really well and the staff there are all really friendly. You can go there for breakfast, brunch or lunch (as suggested by their menu). You can also get take out items if you feel like you can’t eat a slice of cake but want one anyway.

Dinky Dory’s

Okay so this is a bit more of a ‘funky’ cafe. Everything is seaside themed and I would highly recommend going there at some point. Their menu is pretty decent, selling hot drinks and food such as waffles and pancakes, with many toppings to choose from. This is also a great place to go out to in the evening as they do a mixture of cocktails too.

Wetherspoons

This is a firm favourite of the students of Edge Hill. Coming here is definitely one of the cheaper options and has good food too. I remember last year me and my friends would tend to come here every Thursday as well all had a long day. After a while it got a bit costly, so haven’t gone as much this year. Again, like Dinky Dory’s, they do various types of drinks too, so coming here before a night out or just to hang out with your friends is a good place to go.

If there’s anywhere you guys like to go, drop it down in the comments below!

Ellis x

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Part-Time Jobs Ormskirk

As its getting closer to Christmas, you might be thinking about Christmas presents and unfortunately for us students, it probably means dipping into your maintenance loan or savings. However, if you’re looking for some extra cash, then you’re reading the right blog.

If you’re looking for part-time work its sometimes a good idea to have a look at Edge Hill’s career page. Here you can filter down your location and what kind of job you want. Edge Hill update their careers page quite often, so its always good that even if you don’t find anything the first time, just keep looking at it every other week.

Indeed is also a good website to use as sometimes the Edge Hill careers page doesn’t put up all jobs available. At the moment, stores seem to be looking for seasonal staff because of it being round Christmas time such as: Card factory, WHSmith etc. This is always good as they will be wanting people to work quite a few hours. The only downside is if you’re not actually from Ormskirk and you want to go home, you have to find a way to travel back and forth and that could be costly.

Stroll into town and who knows what jobs are on offer. The majority of stores in Ormskirk Town are small cafes and independent businesses. They’re more likely to put up a sign on their shop windows trying to get staff. So this might be an idea to have a CV on hand just in case.

Tutoring is a great way to get cash in hand money. If you’re really good at a specific subject such as English, Maths and Science, Music etc, this is a great way for you to earn some extra cash. These websites also allow students flexibility whether to have tutoring from your home/residential or to go to theirs.

Ellis x

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Work Organisation Tips

It’s November which means, cosy nights in, hot chocolate, I’m A Celebrity and Christmas is round the corner! Round this time though can be tough for some students because of module deadlines coming up before we break up for Christmas. Here a few organisation tips to keep you work focused, but more importantly, to have time to yourself too round this time of year :).

Keep a Diary

This will honestly be a godsend for you. Having a diary either on you at all times or just in your room helps you keep note of when your deadlines are due, and whether you have anything else going on. With my own diary, I sticky note the pages so I know exactly where my deadlines are. Also I colour code everything too such as: red for spending time with my friends and blue for deadlines etc. I would recommend now getting a 2020 diary and to have it an A5 size so it fits perfectly into your bag or laptop case.

Have a System/Rota

Try coming up with a system that works for you to organise yourself when deadlines are due. Whether this is setting 2/3 days a week where you just concentrate on work or whether you schedule a relax day in for yourself.

To-Do Lists

I’m quite an organised person and constantly see myself writing to-do lists. This can be anything from what I need to get for food to work deadlines. I set my priorities from the top of the list and work my way down with studies as it helps me know what work is due earlier than others.

Keep Calm

Yes, Christmas time can be stressful for students. Mainly because of money and deadlines for modules. However, just remember to keep calm when deadlines are near. Try and concentrate and do what you need to do. Then once you submit the work, you’ll have a weight lifted off your shoulders and Christmas can begin!

If you have any organisation tips of your own, drop them down in the comments!

Ellis x

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Reading Week

Hey guys, hope you’re all having a great Halloween! I know not a lot of you have a reading week this week but, luckily on my tv and film course, we have one now. And i’m in Tenerife!

I know it’s not what people usually do when they have week’s off from Uni but, I got a chance to go with my boyfriend and his family, which i’m very grateful for. Loving every minute of it!

Here are some other things that you could do during your reading weeks whether you’re at home or staying at Edge Hill.

  1. Meet up with old friends

If you go back home, try and arrange meet ups with your old friendship group before going to Uni. You could do a range of things like meeting up for coffee, dinner or going out and doing something fun.

2. Be Productive

Reading week is always a great time to catch up on some Uni work, or even get ahead of it in some of your classes. If you’re lucky and live on campus, go to the catalyst! It’s your best friend whilst you’re at Uni. Use it!

3. Go somewhere new

If you’re staying at Uni, you may get the feeling that Ormskirk is quite small, especially if you don’t have a car. But there are buses that get you to Southport from Ormskirk bus station. Or even take a trip to Liverpool. Only £5.00 (est.) a return.

If you’re at home, see if there’a anywhere that you haven’t visited before and go there again.

4. Halloween

Enjoy Halloween! Go to a party or a social with your mates and have a good time! Dress up as scary as you wish! But remember to stay safe.

Ellis x

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