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 🙂

Five Top Tips for Completing Your Student Finance Application

Hi everyone, since Student Finance has opened, I thought I would use this blog to provide five top tips for completing your application!

 1. You don’t need an offer to apply

If you are still waiting for offers, no problem, you can still apply! Complete your application using your first preferred university and course, and if this changes you can update your application later on.


2. Make sure your application details are correct

Have your UCAS course code to hand and choose the correct academic year and mode of study i.e. full-time – this is very important if you don’t want your loan delayed.


3. Provide any supporting documentation quickly

You might be asked to send original documents with your application, if you are, send any documents requested from Student Finance by recorded delivery and track the delivery as you definitely won’t want them to get lost in the post.


4. Do your research and don’t be afraid to ask questions

Lots of support and guidance is offered by Student Finance themselves in the Student Finance Zone – scroll down to the bottom of the page for links to your correct student finance as they are different depending on where you live in the UK. Just make sure you apply before the deadline to get your money on time.  In my case I applied through Student Finance NI. Additionally, if you still have any questions you can email think@edgehill.ac.uk


5. Enrol promptly to release your funding in September

Your first payment is usually made around 3-5 working days after you are registered on course and the Uni has confirmed your attendance with Student Finance so it is important you complete your enrolment. Details are sent out to firm choice students over the summer so look out for that.

Thanks for reading and good luck 🙂

 

 

 


What to start thinking about

So it may seem a bit early to be thinking about starting University in September with it being almost 7 months away. However I know from my experience that I started getting very nervous that I didn’t know anyone and that I wasn’t ready. Things such as cooking for yourself and doing your own washing is something that most people are not used to, so I have a few tips of things that I did or wish I did before coming to University.

  1. Join facebook groups- I know that there is already a group that is set up to help 2019 freshers meet their course friends. For me the first girl that I met doing my course is now one of my best friends and it was really helpful to go in on the first day and have someone that I kind of knew. I was able to speak to her before coming and get to know her a bit which really helped when first meeting. Once I got to University I felt like I had already known her for years.
  2. Start cooking once a week- Leading up to going to University, my friend and I took it in turns to cook for one another. It wasn’t that we couldn’t cook but it was good for us to try out simple and cheap recipes in preparation for coming to University. This was very useful and actually really fun, we tried out a range of different things from stuffed peppers, to chickpea curry. 
  3. Start doing your own washing- This is something that I actually started doing in the summer but I wish I had started earlier. It is not the fact of how you use the washing machine because the ones at University are probably different, its more of the fact of getting into a routine and personally to know that just because I have worm something once, doesn’t mean that it needs a wash. It was good for me to be able to get into a routine of washing my own clothes and a set to being more independent.
  4. Go with whoever does thefood shop- Doing this can be helpful as it means you can have practice with budgeting. Knowing what to pick and trying to go with cheaper options rather than the highest brand, which you really don’t need. It may be really simple and maybe you already join whoever does the food shop, however try and take an active part, particularly if you are going to be cooking in the week because then you can take charge of what you need.

Although these may seem like very small and silly things, they can actually help with settling into University, but also means you can probably help others with things like their washing or cooking, if they need you to check something is definitely cooked.

My Experience Working for Edge Hill

Hi guys, in my last blog which you can read here. Working at Edge Hill

I talked about the various job opportunities available on campus, following on from that I thought I would talk a bit about my experience working for the university and what you can generally expect.


At the start of my first year at Edge Hill I was looking for some basic part-time work which unfortunately wasn’t going very well, because of my want to go from home in Northern Ireland to Uni over various holidays it was difficult to find something this flexible to fit around that. While searching for roles I came across one being advertised by Edge Hill to become a student mentor, after a read of the role itself I submitted an application which involved giving some test answers. After this I received an email a few weeks later saying I had been successful!


Once I had received the email, a suitable date was arranged between me and the other applicants to attend a training session on campus, where I was trained on the role itself and it’s responsibilities as well as meeting the staff in charge of overseeing the work, and the other students who had also been chosen for the role. The training itself was really well explained and done in a relaxed atmosphere so there was nothing to worry about.


The role itself is one that is done online from your own phone or laptop and while it varies a bit, it generally involves you putting in a couple of hours a week. The best thing about this online work is that while you do have to make sure your checking up on it and doing what is required. You are allowed complete flexibility in when you want to work which is something that is really nice to have. The Edge Hill staff I have been in contact with when working for the university have also been really helpful and provide plenty  of information for me to make sure I know what I’m doing.


So, that’s my experience so far and I think if you are looking for a bit of extra work to compliment your studies then these roles are here to apply for when available if your interested. Thanks for reading and feel free to ask any questions.

https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/careers/students/part-time-jobs/

Jordan

Working at Edge Hill

Hello everyone! For this blog I thought I would talk about working while studying and specifically, working for the university.


Throughout the Edge Hill campus, there are a variety of job’s available to students in different areas of the university. The town and surrounding areas are also obviously viable places to apply for jobs and you should apply to lot’s of places if you are looking, but Edge Hill is especially good because of the rapport between you as a student and the university. Working for Edge Hill as a student might mean less issues brought up by holiday’s or getting paid the wrong amount etc that might occur within other workplaces.


There are a variety of roles on campus from traditional part-time physical roles that would involve working at the location week by week at whatever the task entails. This could be work within the Library, the sports centre or the SU bar. There are also more flexible roles such as working as a student ambassador or a student guide for open days. These roles may only be over certain days or weeks and can function as a good extra on top of your studies or any work you already have. The university also offers mainly online roles to apply for such as vlogging, blogging and online mentoring. These roles are primarily ones you can work at on your own time whenever you see fit, and offer great flexibility in choosing when and how long you want to work for, they are also great ways to subsidise your studies or another job.


Edge Hill does post vacancies throughout the year through its vacancies service for students which I will link below so keep checking if you are interested, but around the start of the year is when more vacancies will be posted so if you are a current or prospective student, make sure you are looking around then if you are interested as jobs here and off campus are in really high demand. I will leave a link to more information on jobs and the vacancy service as well if you are interested, and any questions just let me know and thanks for reading!

https://careerhub.edgehill.ac.uk/students/login?ReturnUrl=%2fstudents%2fjobs

https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/careers/students/part-time-jobs/

Jordan

House hunting tips!

As a first-year who ignored all advice given to me, I feel I have some important dos and don’ts when house hunting for the second year. It’s more of a ‘don’t do what I did!’ kind of situation, so here are some tips when looking for a house… and please take them on board.

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Don’t rush 🙅🏽 .. well, not too much:
We were told not to rush as the housing fair would be in a couple of weeks and there, you can have a look around, ask questions and gather all the information you need to know about housing for the next year. We didn’t do this, we found one that we liked and booked an appointment. This was a mistake as I’ll explain shortly. I would say wait until the housing fair but then definitely get gathering mates and start looking at what’s available. The McCombe apartments go quite fast but if you have booked viewings and are looking at contracts before Christmas, you’re on the right track. There’s a list of off-campus housing lettings agencies on the Edge Hill website here.

Don’t be pressured into anything💪🏽:
There can be some pressure from certain letting agencies about their first-come-first-serve system but my advice is: do not be forced into signing anything without properly reading the contract, understanding the payments and knowing the contract length. We were caught out here as we rushed to get back to a lesson and we skimmed over the contract, signed it and got out of there, now we’re paying a large amount over what most people are… so be careful! Ask if you can take the contract away and read it closely.

It’s not all doom and gloom! 😁
Luckily, Edge Hill has a great support system if you are unsure of anything. You can take your contract to student services and they will look over it for you before you sign anything and they hold housing workshops that you can attend if you are still unsure of anything.  Apart from that, find some cool people you want to live with and get house hunting.

There are some amazing houses around although ours is costing a little more than we’d like, it’s absolutely stunning and I’m looking forward to living there next year. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions, I’m here to answer any you may have! Thanks for reading ☺️

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The importance of reflection!!

We are fast approaching 2019, January exams and our 2nd semester, which is scary to think I am almost half way through my first year. However it is really nice to reflect on all the things that has happened in 2018 but particularly my first semester of University. Something that I would really advise anyone and everyone to do is reflect on anything whether that be school, fitness, or any experiences you encounter. I am going to be brave and share my 1st semester reflection.

My first semester started out being a bit of a struggle as I was unsure I was doing the right course, which I partly think is due to having such a change in my routine and environment. Being away from home was difficult but I’m proud of myself for getting through it. There are still times where I miss home but I get through because of the friends that I have made.

Making friends was something that worried me, due to coming from a small island I never really had to make friends as everyone just knew everyone. Even though it was difficult at the start, I can now say that I have some really great friends at University, and I can’t wait to see them again to make pancakes together again.

Something that has changed quite a bit for me is my eating habits and general healthy lifestyle. Since September I have been decreasing my meat intake and am now a vegetarian, which I have really enjoyed trying new and different things, but I also look forward to trying even more new things in the New Year. I have found becoming a vegetarian has in ways made my shopping cheaper particularly if I am cooking lots of fresh vegetables. But I have also got into the habit of going to the gym or a class about 4 times a week which I have been loving.

And finally a highlight for me was the mini Christmas I was able to do with my friends on a budget. We set a limit of how much we could spend on each other then we gathered at my flat to exchange gifts and also spend time with each other to watch television. My flat also got decorated to get us in the Christmassy mood.

So all in all it has been a great semester and I am excited to start the second semester, with lots of exciting things coming up.

“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try”

 

Budgeting tips for university

Hi everyone,

As a lot of new students are still getting used to living away from home and fending for themselves I thought I would share some money-saving tips to help you make your money last as long as you can!

1. Know how much money you have on a monthly and weekly basis

If you can work out how much money you will have every week, it will definitely make it easier for you to budget your money for the things you need, and also how much money you have left to spend freely on what you wish.

2. Save as much as you can.

If you know you are moving to uni soon a good idea would be to save as much money as you can do that you know you will be ok financially and won’t be relying on your student loan. Or if you are already a student and have a job you could save some of your wage.

3. Be thrifty

A really good way to be thrifty is to shop at discount stores like b&m and Home Bargains. Also try not to buy branded products as you will definitely save money.

4. Cut back on spending!!

This is a tough one and something I still struggle with, but if you can try to cut back on your spending habits, downloading student discount apps such as UNiDAYS and student beans really help with saving money!

I hope this was helpful

Ellie 🙂

Budgeting as a student

Being able to budget and plan your money is incredibly important as a student. It may be your first time receiving money where you have specific things you’ve got to pay for such as rent, food, sports memberships as well as the extras such as going out with friends wherever that may be to.

You should start by working out how much money you have coming in. This could be through Student Finance or from a part-time job that you are currently working. You should then make a list of all essential outgoings such as rent, bills, travel costs, course materials, food, toiletries, clothes and insurance as well as any extra study expenses which are expected for your course.

The next step is to work out how much you can afford to spend on each of these areas. Remember to save some money for optional extras such as entertainment as well as unexpected expenses and future savings. There are also often bigger occasions to save for such as holidays, Christmas and birthdays.

You should then look for ways to make savings. This could include buying your food from a cheaper supermarket or bulk buying certain items with the other people you are living with. You could also try having no spend days which can help keep your costs down considerably. If you are paying bills, take a look to see if there is a cheaper provider for the services you are receiving. Student discounts such as student rail cards, bus passes and the NUS card can also help you to save a little extra.

Finally, you should always keep track of what you are spending and review this regularly. This will help you to know whether you can afford to make certain luxury purchases or whether you should wait. You could keep a list or use an app or programme such as Blackbullion.

If you aren’t currently working but need a little extra money, you should consider a part-time job. The careers centre at Edge Hill are incredibly friendly and helpful and can check over your application or CV to help you get a job which is suited to the skills and experience you already have. Working whilst at university helps to improve your skills such as time management and communication and can also be a great way to network with other professionals in the area you hope to study in after you graduate. The money advice team at Edge Hill are always happy to help with any questions you may have about budgeting or funding.

A Fund for Student Opportunities

If you follow my blog posts here on Inside Edge, you know that I’m currently in the United States of America, on a sandwich placement at the Morton Arboretum. I was fortunate when arranging up this work placement that Edge Hill University had just set up its Student Opportunity Fund (SOF) – a fund that students can apply for to help them make the most of career enhancing opportunities. The fund’s goal is to make sure that no student at EHU passes up a potentially life-changing experience because of the financial burden it might impose.

When I was in the midst of applying for my placement as a Research Affiliate at the Morton Arboretum, I realised quickly that costs would add up. An updated passport, a visa, flights and insurance would quickly put a hefty dent in my finances, leaving my maintenance loan severely lacking for the year abroad. Thankfully, my personal tutor, Paul Ashton, and the Money Advice Team (for whom I was working for at the time as a Money Buddy) informed me about the Student Opportunity Fund and that I could potentially be successful in acquiring additional funding.

Any student on an undergraduate or PGCE course attending EHU can apply for the fund, which will supply them with up to £2000 to support the proposed activity. The projects can be near or far, large or small, requiring the maximum amount available or a portion. Applications could cover travel and accommodation expenses, for example, for unpaid work experience or volunteering; interviews or assessments not covered by the employer; or conferences, festivals, or events where you’re showcasing your work. The fund could also cover costs of developing and making creative material.

Many students have already made use of this amazing fund to enable them to experience some wonderful opportunities that improve both their transferable and career-focused skills:

Applications are judged by a panel and must be submitted over ten working days before the panel convenes. For this academic year, 2017-2018, the remaining dates of convention are:

  • Friday 13th April 2018
  • Thursday 3rd May 2018
  • Wednesday 6th June 2018