Edge Hill where’s that?

Due to coming from a fair distance away, I am always asked about Edge Hill, where it is, what its like and so on… I am highly surprised that there aren’t many people from where I come from that know about Edge Hill, at the end of the day it is such an amazing place. So I thought that I would compile a list of things that I say when I get asked about Edge Hill.

  1. Where is Edge Hill?– I would generally say, Edge Hill is in a small town called Ormskirk about half an hour away from Liverpool. The town is very quant and cute, which is one of the things I love about Edge Hill and the town it is based. It is so easy to get a train into Liverpool if you wanted a bit of city life but also if you don’t want the hussle and bussle of a big city then you don’t have to. In my opinion Edge Hill is the best of both worlds because you have the option to have either city or small town life.
  2. What is Edge Hill like?– Absolutely beautiful. In my opinion the campus and accommodation is one of the best I have seen . A combination of the beautiful lakes across campus and the amazing wildlife alongside it, really makes Edge Hill a calming and picturesque place to be. There is so much to do, from all the different sports and societies to all the activities that are laid on by the SU there is never time to get bored.
  3. What is your favourite thing about Edge Hill? This is such a difficult question, there are so many amazing things about Edge Hill that I love. One of my favourite things, that I have recently had the pleasure of taking in, is the paths around the back of campus that looks onto the rest of the campus. It is absolutely beautiful up there and so peaceful as well, something that I would definitely recommend seeing when visiting Edge Hill. I also love the Catalyst, it is such a large space with some amazing study areas on each level. My favourite time to go is on a Saturday or Sunday morning when it is very calm and peaceful. Not many people go in early on the weekends but in my opinion it is the best time to go.

To wrap up, I absolutely love Edge Hill and all that it has to offer and would recommend it to anyone, even just for a visit, you will not be disappointed.

Getting Settled Into Your Course!

Hey everyone! I thought that it would be a good idea to write a post all about getting settled into your course.

When I found out I was accepted into the Primary Education course, I wish I would have had someone to tell me how I could prepare for my course or how I could feel relaxed when starting the course. I hope that this helps people whether you are applying for a course or just want to know what to do before getting started!


  • Use the Edge Hill Website – when I first applied for the Primary Education Course, the first thing I did was try to find out as much as I could about the course. I found that this offered me a lot more information about the course at Edge Hill, separately from all the other similar courses elsewhere. The website is really well structured, allowing applicants to look at an overview of the course, reading comments from current students and what modules are involved.  
  • Talk to people on the same course – talking to people who are doing the same course as you is always comforting because they are on the same boat as you. When I got accepted to the course, I downloaded the ‘Campus Society’ app which allowed me to connect with people who also had been accepted to the course. I then felt better about starting my course after talking to people who also had got accepted because I knew they were feeling the exact same way as me, excited and nervous!
  • Talk to someone who has already gone through the course – I was lucky enough to know quite a few people who had already completed a teaching course or were in the middle of one and so after speaking to them, settling into my course seemed easier. They were able to give me advice if I needed it or if I just wanted to talk about the course. 

I hope you enjoyed this blog post and has helped you prepare for your course. Do not hesitate to reach out and ask for advice or help from anyone about the course you have applied for through social media, the Edge Hill website or me!

Here are some helpful links;


“The strong individual is the one who asks for help when he needs it.”

-Rona Barrett-

Applicants Visit Day!!

Hi, I attended an Applicant Visit Day for Educational Psychology. I come from Guernsey in the Channel Islands and so coming to Edge Hill, very far away, was such a great opportunity as the Applicant Visit Day really put my mind at ease that I felt comfortable where I was going to studying for the next 3 years.

When coming to the Applicant Visit Day, my initial feelings were nerves and anxiety, but just know that if you feel like that you are not the only one!

On arrival at Edge Hill, I was greeted with a warm welcome and lots of signs of where I needed to go, there is also usually lots of information and freebies for you to pick up, which came in handy. Every person that I met had a smile on their face and wanted to help in any which way that they could.

A key piece of advice I would give for the Applicant Visit Day, is to not be afraid to get involved and ask questions. At the end of the day if you have a question, you’re probably not the only one wanting to know the answer, and it is important to know as much as you can before making your final decision. Take full advantage of the tours that go on throughout the day as these are generally led by students who can tell you more about student life including societies, socials, and most importantly the campus cats.

The subject specific talks are very informative but also really fun, the lecturers always make them as engaging as possible. Make sure to ask any questions that you have, as its your future and the potential course you could be studying for the next three years, so it’s important you find the right one. For my course we had a fun activity to help us get to know each other and to learn more about the course in an informal way. We had to build a tower out of marshmallows and dry spaghetti- it was a real challenge but also such a laugh and everyone got stuck in. The session was so fun and very engaging. Again, the student mentors will be at these sessions to help with any extra questions you may have about your course which they can answer in a less formal manner.

On my Applicant Visit Day I also got to meet some of the people that were going to potentially be on my course. Another tip I would give is that it’s really important to make conversation with people as they could end up being your coursemates. For me I was lucky enough to meet some of the people that are actually on my course now, and it was really nice to see familiar faces on my first day.

All in all, I would highly recommend attending the Applicant Visit Day, as it really put my mind at ease, which I needed because I was coming so far away from home, and therefore confirmed that Edge Hill University was going to be my firm choice. 

Finding the right University!

Hi I’m Charlotte, and for my first blog post I thought I would talk to you about the importance of open days and finding the right university. As I hope you’re aware, the deadline for UCAS applications is fast approaching, as we get closer to Christmas and into the New Year. Most of you are probably preparing for your mock exams that could be before Christmas, in the New Year, or maybe you have already done them which must be a relief. If you are yet to do your mock exams, just remember that these are generally the grades that get put onto your application for UCAS (well thats what it was like for me) and so they are important and you should try and put your all into them. Anyway enough about exams, the main focus of this post is about open days and the importance of finding the right university for you.


Personally for me it was very difficult to get to open days as I come from overseas and so needed to get a plane over which costs a lot. However it is slightly easier for those of you who are from the U.K. If you do come from overseas like me or don’t live around the area, most universities are very accommodating if you tell them where you come from and will try and find a way to make things easier for you.

Anyway, for me it was particularly important to find the right university as I was coming so far away. However for anyone I would recommend going to as many Open Days that you seem necessary, I know for me when I went to other universities there was just something missing, however when I came to Edge Hill, I just fell in love with not only the campus and the opportunities, but also the surrounding community. This is something I wouldn’t have known, had I not come to an Open Day. You get to see and hear things on an open day that you cannot find online, and a lot of the time it is important things such as do they have the facilities so that you can carry on with your hobbies or am I going to be able to have my ensuite bathroom.


For this reason, I highly recommend going to Open Days, as it will help you find “the one” (as in the university for you, not a love companion). The last Open Day of the year was this Saturday, but fear not you can book onto one of Edge Hill’s monthly Campus Tours.

“The time will pass anyway, you can either spend it creating the life you want or spend it living the life you don’t want. The choice is yours.”

Charlotte

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,

Clearing is STILL open!

Hi everyone!

UCAS – click here!

I hope that those of you who received your a level results last week are proud of yourselves no matter your grades! I thought I would make today’s post all about clearing as it wasn’t something I knew really existed until I applied through clearing myself!

I was very undecided about where to go to university until I went to an Edge Hill open day, unfortuantely they no longer ran the course I wanted to do so when results day rolled around I was still thinking about Edge Hill and was adamant I had to go there and as I had nowhere else lined up, clearing was my only option.

I was really nervous as to how it would go as I had no idea what to expect. But it was a really quick and easy process.

I rang the clearing number which is available on the UCAS website and once I was through to them I was asked about some contact details and then you are transferred to the clearing line at your chosen university. Someone will ask you what course you about your results and asks you some other questions and then you are finally put through to a member of the department your chosen course is in.

I spoke to one of the senior lectures in the English department and they just answered some questions and spoke to me about the course and what it entails and then I was accepted to Edge Hill!

The entirety of the phone call wasn’t long at all so it’s not something to get nervous about if you are considering clearing! I hope this helps any of you who are still unsure of what to do!

https://www.ucas.com/clearing-launch

Ellie 🙂

Open Days

Hey all, I hope you’re doing well.

If you’re looking at coming to Edge Hill, one of the best things to do is come to an Open Day so you can experience the campus and talk to who will be teaching you. We have a few different Open Days throughout the year, the next ones will be on:

  • Saturday 16th June 2018, 10am-3pm
  • Saturday 18th August 2018, 10am-3pm
  • Saturday 6th October 2018, 10am-3pm
  • Saturday 3rd November 2018, 10am-3pm
  • Saturday 24th November 2018, 10am-3pm

When you’re looking at Universities, the websites and prospectuses are your first port of call usually to get an idea of the course you’re interested in and what the University offers, but you can never truly get a real feel of some things. For example, I liked the look of the campus and the modules they offered on my course, but when I actually arrived on campus I fell in love with Edge Hill! The atmosphere and speaking to my teachers helped me realise that this was the University I wanted to go to.

So, if you’re able to make it to one of the Open Days, that’s great! However, I realise not everyone is able to. This isn’t a problem, don’t feel worried if you can’t make one, it’s always about what you need to help you with your application. But if you can’t and you’d still like to speak to your teachers, for example, you can get in touch with them through email. If you email the Course Enquiries team, they would be more than happy to put you in touch with the teachers: study@edgehill.ac.uk

Importance Of Attending An Open Day

I’ve blogged before about open days and briefly mentioned how it cemented my decision to come and study at Edge Hill University. Now that open days are coming around again, with the first one of the year occurring on June 16th, I thought it time to delve into that a little bit more.

Before I even thought about attending open days, I first had to narrow my choice of university down from All Of Them to just Some Of Them. So, when I was first looking at universities, my process was to start at the top of the university league tables for my course, biology, at thecompleteuniversityguide (other league tables are available) and work my way down, pulling out the universities that were high on the list yet had entry requirements within my predicted range. Next, I looked at the courses in my field offered by these universities and selected the universities that had courses with modules that interested me. This narrowed down my pool of options down from A Lot to A Few – Edge Hill being on that list.

Edge Hill was already fairly high on my list, ranking definitely in the top five based on module options, general location, and rankings alone. What really pushed me to commit to choosing Edge Hill University as my firm choice was attending an open day. If you’re capable of visiting Edge Hill for an open day (or an applicant day if you’re already committed to applying to Edge Hill), then I’d highly recommend it.

Visiting Edge Hill University for an open day allowed me to interact with the department and students first-hand, both of which filled me with hope about the university. The department talk about the course and facilities really showed that they cared about the subject and the people working and studying in their school.

What also comforted me about Edge Hill was Ormskirk, it felt familiar to me despite being a new town far from home. With a direct line to Liverpool, just 30 minutes away, Ormskirk is situated so that it’s its own microcosm but still has access to the wider world via public transport – something that resonated with me upon visiting.

Best places to study around the Ormskirk campus

If you’re joining Edge Hill in September, here’s a few of the best places to study around campus to give you a little head start. If you’ve not visited the campus yet, I would highly recommend attending the June open day as they provide a fantastic insight into what goes on around campus.

The Library – soon to be moved to the Catalyst Building

During my first year at Edge Hill, I’ve spent many hours studying in the library and just know when it moves over to the Catalyst then I will enjoy studying there too. It is more than just a library, the different levels of quiet were great for different types of work and it is home to so many wonderful resources that will make your university life so much easier.

 

The Hub

The upstairs of the Hub is a great place to study, especially if you prefer to learn surrounded by your friends. The pods are a fantastic space to work in, especially if you are working on a group presentation. You’re never far away from that all important mid-study snack too, with various food outlets available downstairs and even a Starbucks too!! Downstairs, the comfy sofas are great to wind down and relax or catch up with friends too.

Front reception to the Ormskirk Campus

Outside around campus

During the warmer months there are many very pretty places to go and study outside or to unwind and de-stress after a long day of working. From Edge Hill’s own little beach area to the trim trail up by the sports centre, there is something to suit many interests. There is a beautiful area just outside the Hub to study which seems to be a little sun trap, especially in the warmer months. If you’re looking to combine studying and eating then why not try out Waters Edge, where you can grab a bite to eat, watch the ducks as they swim past and study outside or inside, all at the same time!

 

If you’re already at Edge Hill, where are your favourite places to study? Drop a comment below to let me know 🙂

Life as a Mature Student

Are you currently considering studying at Edge Hill University as a mature student? Deciding to go to university as a mature student was a decision willed with excitement and nerves for me. Part of me was worried what it would be like studying after years of being out of formal education, but I was also incredibly excited to start a new chapter of my life. I firmly believe that studying as a mature student is different than studying straight out of school/sixth form/college but it is possible and such an amazing experience!

Juggling your time:

As a mature student it is likely that you will have many responsibilities outside of university. From caring from a family, running your home, taking part in clubs or activities that you currently enjoy to having to work. Your time will inevitably be filled to the max! But this doesn’t have to mean it isn’t possible. I have fund using a diary, both on my phone and a paper version, as well as creating lists of what needs doing and when to be very helpful. It enables you to fit more into your days than you ever thought possible.

You will make new friends:

People of all ages study a multitude of courses at Edge Hill. You will make friends of all ages and find people who share your interests as well as others who will inspire you to try something new. There is so much to do and so many places to go both around campus and in Ormskirk too.

The environment is inspiring:

Edge Hill campus is a wonderful place. From my very first visit during an Open Day it felt welcoming, inviting and safe. There are many places to study around campus from the library to the Hub as well as specialist rooms such as those in Creative Edge. Then when it is time to relax there are loads of places to eat and spend time with friends, including a Subway! Being in an environment which is supportive and encouranging can be incredibly motivating too.

You’ll have a different perspective in lectures:

Having real life, often hands on, experience will mean you will be able to apply what you have learnt in the lectures to your real life experiences. This can give you a different perspective especially when completing assignments. As an Early Childhood Studies student, one of my first year module assignments was a reflective booklet. I found it very interesting being able to reflect on what I had learnt in my workplace and relate this to the skills I would need for future practice.