The Careers Awards!

Hi everyone,

This Tuesday is Edge Hill’s annual careers awards! This event is the 10th anniversary of the awards which are organised by the Careers team here at Edge Hill. This event is to celebrate the achievements of students over the past year, as well as recognising the employers and organisations who have helped students through part time jobs, work experience and volunteering!

The night is a really lovely event, as alumni get to return to Edge Hill, see old tutors and see how the university has changed throughout the university.

There are lots of oppurtunities for students to win awards, The Student Employee of the Year Awards have been split into three categories; those who work for the Students’ Union, students who work on the University campus, and students who work for an external organisation. These awards are brilliant for adding to your cv.

If you were not aware of the awards this year then make sure you keep an eye out for nominations next year as you could nominate your employer for an award! Also, if you work for the university you can nominate the department you work for!

Ellie 🙂

My Personal Experience on a Campus Tour

Hello everyone, in my last blog I talked about the various ways you can visit Edge Hill if you are looking at studying here next year as a student. Following on from that, in this blog I will talk about my own experience on a campus tour and how it helped me to choose Edge Hill.

Coming from Northern Ireland it was always going to be more difficult to come visit as in my case it would involve getting a coach then a plane and then trains from John Lennon airport. Because of work and college commitments at home I was unable to make an open day or an applicant visit day which was a real shame so I set looking at finding out other times to visit. This was when I found out about campus tours that run every month.

After booking on to a tour I still felt worried I wouldn’t get to see anything specific to my chosen course in Film and TV Production, So I emailed Think Edge Hill and asked them if there was a possibility, that a lecturer could maybe come talk to me more about the course. Thankfully the university were very helpful and on the day, one of the senior lecturers showed me around Creative Edge as well as answering all the questions I had on the course which was really helpful to me. After this I went on the planned campus tour where I got to see more of Edge Hill like the SU and the library as well as other important things like student accommodation. The guides were really helpful and did there best to answer everyone’s question’s. 

I left Edge Hill that afternoon, after spending only a few hours on campus, feeling certain that I was going to choose Edge Hill to study at, so in my experience even though I missed the other visiting events, I still received enough information and insight to make an informed decision which at the end of the day is what your main aim should be when visiting universities.

Visiting Edge Hill as A Prospective Student

Hey guys, for this blog I’m going to talk about visiting Edge Hill as a prospective student what you can expect and what is available to you.

Chances are if you are looking at university as an option you have probably selected five universities to put down on your application, or maybe you are looking to change university, if you have selected Edge Hill, you might now be thinking about visiting the place soon to get a proper feel for it. So I’m just going to give you a few different pointers on when you can visit and what will be going on.

Applicant Visit Days: These vary in times and nature between courses but they are generally available to people who receive an offer that doesn’t require an interview or audition. Visit day’s are a good way to get a feel for your course specifically as they are tailored for it, with relevant tutors and subject taster sessions.

Open Days:  These are days where the whole campus is opened up to people to come see the inner workings of the university. People are given the chance to see the campus, the accommodation, as well as experience more course-related things like subject presentations.

Open day

Campus Tours: If like me you live further away, open days and applicant visit days may not be on at suitable times for you. So Edge Hill also offers the opportunity to visit for a campus tour. These are held every month with additional dates over February as well. Tours are another great way to look around the university, they offer the opportunity to be taken around the various facilities and areas by a guide, with a presentation on aspects like student finance and a Q&A to follow. Edge Hill also offers Ad Hoc campus tours which can be arranged for a time and date suitable to you if coming from abroad and can’t make any of the other dates.  These also offer the chance to be shown the campus by a guide, with viewings of some accommodations although these won’t be as in-depth as the usual campus tours, they are still a viable option.

Whatever you choose, just know that seeing any university including Edge Hill first hand will help make any decisions in the future a lot easier! I will include useful information links below and thanks for reading!

https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/study/visit-us/

Jordan

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