Student Bank Accounts

When it comes to finances during the time you spend at University, one of the things you will need to look at is opening a student bank account. The majority of the banks within the UK will give you an overdraft but, there are other incentives too depending on what bank you go with. These are my top 5 bank accounts for students that I think would be suitable for all your University needs.

Santander 

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With Santander, you not only get up to a £2000 overdraft but, there is also an incentive for a 4 year railcard and up to 3% in-credit interest rate. If you’re like me and are living far away from home but would like the opportunity to go home quite a bit, this would be a perfect option for you, allowing you a 1/3 of your train travel. 

HSBC 

If you apply for a student account with HSBC,  you can get an £80 amazon gift card as well as 1 year student prime. This is a great deal and on top of this, the overdraft is up to £3000 as well. Starting with a guaranteed £1000 in the 1st year and up to £3000 in your 3rd year.

NatWest 

NatWest offers students up to a £2000 overdraft and a choice of 1 out of these 3 options:

  • 1 year of student amazon membership and £10 amazon gift card.
  • 1 year national express coach card.
  • OR a 1 year taste card.

All of these options are amazing however, you do have to deposit £750 into your bank account every 6 months and you need to make 3 monthly transactions in order to keep your overdraft.

Lloyds Bank

Image result for student bank accountLloyds Bank is one of the lower overdrafts out there only offering up to £1500. Tiering to £500 for the first 6 months, £1000 from 7-9 months and £1500 after that. Even though they don’t offer the highest amount, they do have the incentive of the NUS student extra card.

Barclays 

Although Barclays don’t offer any incentives for students, they do offer up to a £3000 overdraft which is one of the best deals to go for. Upon opening the account, you will get £500 and ask for it to be increased over time. This will then go up to £2000 in 2nd year and £3000 in 3rd year. Also, Barclays do offer cash-back with a few retailers so its good to keep an eye on their offers through their website or app.

There are so many more UK banks out there that offer other incentives, so all you have to do is go in to your local and ask about student accounts prior to coming to University. I should specify that even though you shouldn’t rely on overdrafts as ‘money to spend’, it’s always a comfort to know that you have something to fall back on in times of need.

Ellis x

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What to Do over the Summer

Hi everyone since we are properly into the summer holidays now I thought I would talk about what i’m doing with myself, and also things you might be thinking of doing if you have some extra free-time.

At the moment i’m in a bit of a limbo work wise having come home to Northern Ireland, this has meant putting my job in the students union on pause for the time being until i’m back in September which they are really cool about since campus is quiet over these months. I am looking for work experience although this is rather difficult for me as a film/TV student since there is much less industry here than in England but we will see what happens! If you can get experience over the summer I would definitely recommend it as it is a good way to enhance your CV. Part-time work is also obviously very handy to have over the summer to top up your account which you will definitely be thankful for if the student loan runs out mid term!

Since I have more free time I have taken to learning the piano, but i’m genuinely actually gonna do it this time because I have put off learning an instrument for far too long, but so far so good. Additionally since i’m studying film/TV i like to keep watching things all the time and what’s better than a good evening binge. At the moment i’m watching:

The Wire- HBO/Sky

The Crown- Netflix

Black Mirror- Netflix

All of which are great so far and I definitely recommend if you are unsure of what to watch. There are usually plenty of festivals and concerts on all across the UK as well if your a music fan, even Ireland has a fair bit going on in this department which is a change since there is usually sod all here! I went to see Stormzy in Belfast last week which was amazing and I would definitely recommend him if that’s your kind of thing.

The most important thing about the summer is that you do what you want to do, there’s no point going back to university feeling as tired as you left so just enjoy it, till next time.

Jordan

 

First Year – An Overview

Okay, I am not going to bore you with the whole ‘it’s true what they say, first years goes by in a blink of an eye.’ because, you will soon find out that this is very true.

I hope you enjoy this blog of my first year at Edge Hill University in three sections that I felt were the most prominent in my year and what I thought would be the most challenging. However, looking back at my first year, I have realised that these sections of my life were much more simple and less stressful than I thought they would be.


At first, I thought that I would never, EVER make any new friends because it felt that all my friends had come naturally to me and I never had to go out of my way to make friends. However, looking back at my year, I realised that all my friends I have made at university have come naturally without me even knowing it. I want to make this point first because I know how scary the prospect can be. The best advice I can give you is to BE YOURSELF! You will attract the right people into your life like I did.

I even realised this year as a ‘newbie’ to university, my independence has grown so much. For example, I can cook! Who would have guessed that I was able to keep myself alive with the meals I make? There is obviously more to becoming independent like; washing your own clothes, shopping for food and getting yourself up in the morning but, I am so happy that I learned what I did about living away from my mum and dad because, I can already tell that it will/has benefit me in the future.Image result for independence

Assignments! They sounded scary to me at first and, truth be told, I did give myself a headache on the day I was getting my first results back but that is just me being dramatic. I quickly realised that if I really organised myself, assignments and deadlines would not be an issue and that is exactly what I did.

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I hope that this helped calm your nerves about starting first year. I found that looking back on my time at university, I definitely over-thought these things and I should have been more relaxed about making new friends, living on my own and completing assignments. However, I also found that being myself and not trying to fit in with the crowd really benefited me and I hope it will for you to.

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

-Oscar Wilde-

Its all about being prepared and thinking ahead

I’d like to think that I am an organised person and I love being organised and prepared because it often makes me excited about things coming up. Being at uni you may have to think ahead a bit more compared to living at home, for example if you have an evening event or society meeting you need to think about when you’re going to have your dinner, and for me it was if I had dancing of an evening I needed to make sure I had something substantial before I went so that I had enough energy.

To be prepared and think ahead it’s always good to make lists or to do lists, I do this even when I’m not at uni because otherwise I would forget what I needed to do. I always make a shopping list when I do my food shop, often I will plan what I’m going to eat each day and make sure I am getting the right things when I go and do my food shop. Therefore if I do have dancing one evening I know what I’m having and have it prepped for when I can have it.

Another thing that has helped me think ahead is having a calendar. I sometimes had weeks a uni when I had multiple meetings and different seminars, or friends visiting that I needed to make sure I was prepared for when they came. And even more importantly I needed to make sure I had my assignments done before friends visited because I knew work wouldn’t get done whilst they were down. Planning ahead also gives you something to look forward to, for example if you are going to see a friend or maybe your parents are coming up for the weekend, its nice to have those things to look forward to especially if you are struggling with home sickness or just having a rough time. It was always just nice for me to know when my mum was coming to visit as I always had some exciting things to do whilst she was there.

Hope this gives you some inspiration to get organised and ready for uni because it will come round quickly, which is very exciting.

How to prepare for Primary Education with QTS at Edge Hill 👩🏽‍🎓

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Hello!

September is edging closer and closer, and while I urge you to enjoy this time off as much as possible it is important to keep in mind that you are soon going to be a university student and organisation is absolutely paramount. If you are going into the Primary Ed course then look out for summer tasks as last year we had a pre-course summer booklet to work through. I am unsure if this is the case this year but do check. We did use them in our first few weeks – especially the reading.

Read read read:
Whether or not you have a pre-course booklet or whether or not it is included in any task you receive, you must read some children’s books over the summer.  It was part of our summer task but then ended up being part of a requirement for the English subject: to read 10 children’s books. If you can get a head start during the summer then do that, you will thank yourself later – trust me!
These are some great ones to start with:

Books

Get onto Pinterest and start looking at teaching ideas:
If you haven’t heard of Pinterest then I may be about to change your life. Pinterest is a sort of social network where you can find inspiration and ideas for hobbies and stuff, however, if you just type in ‘teaching’ you will be bombarded by hundreds and thousands of teaching ideas. It is important not to become a ‘Pinterest teacher’ where you can’t make anything up from your own creativity but it’s great to go on and find some inspiration.  I would have a look before you come on the course and before your first placement!

Click the image below to have a quick look at some ideas ☺️

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Social Media and EduTwitter:
When you arrive in September the tutors will talk to you about your social media presence and how it all needs to be privatised and carefully checked to ensure you aren’t being unprofessional. I can’t stress how important this is because teachers from your placement will absolutely check your social media before you arrive so making a good impression is important.

Tutors will also direct you to Twitter, EduTwitter to be precise. This is kind of like Pinterest but on a different format. It’s teachers helping other teachers. There is a lovely welcoming atmosphere to trainees, which to be honest with you I didn’t expect, but they all want to help. So set yourself up a new professional account and get involved in teacher twitter. Follow me on Twitter if you are interested and I will contact you with more advice in this area!
https://twitter.com/EHUMissWindross

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Thanks for reading! Hope to see you in September ☺️

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Why Did I Chose Edge Hill?

Some of you may be aware that I moved over to Edge Hill University from Northern Ireland which is similar for a lot of people in my course and at Edge Hill in general.

 

So, why did I choose to move all the way over for my course in primary teaching when I could have stayed in the comfort of my own home where all my surroundings and people were comforting and familiar? We will take that as my first point;

For the longest time, I was very much a creature of habit. I took great comfort in knowing where I was and the fact that everything in my life stayed exactly the same was very satisfying. It wasn’t until I was completing my A-Levels, did I realise that I needed a change in my life that would push me to become more independent and, in fear of sounding corny, to ‘find myself.’ I think that moving away from home to somewhere completely new to me was the best thing for me and Edge Hill was the best place to start.

The second reason why I chose Edge Hill was because, not going to lie, the campus was beautiful. As you might have gathered, I need to be comfortable in my surroundings and so Edge Hill was the perfect spot for me in terms of environment and location. It was big, but not so big that it was overwhelming and it was located right next to a small town which was so important to me as I am not a city girl in the slightest. Image result for edge hill university

The final reason why I chose Edge Hill was because of the course it offered me. My original first choice was Bath Spa University but I realised that the course that was offered there may not be best suited for me. The Primary Teaching course at Edge Hill University allowed me to finish the course within 3 years and offered me so much opportunity to expand my practice in the profession which in the long run, would benefit me so much! And I am so glad that I did choose this course as it has provided me with so much knowledge and opportunities that I did not know that I needed.


There you go! That was 3 reasons why I chose to study at Edge Hill University rather than be in my lovely Ireland. The experience of moving has been crazy and filled with so many memories that I will never forget and I can say truthfully that I have no regrets about moving so far away!

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

-Walt Disney-

Where to Do Your Food Shop

Hi guys, one of the main things people say about university is that you will never have any money which can be true. Obviously there are a lot of factors which will affect how much money you have to get by on, such as if your working or how much financial support you get, either way it will be a given for most of you that you will have to budget your money while away so I thought I would talk about the thing that will probably take up the most of your budget, the food shop and how best to tackle it.

Where to shop: Choosing where to shop is probably the most important choice you will make each week. Ormskirk has a variety of supermarkets including Morrison’s, Aldi, Iceland and Marks and Spencer’s, here’s a brief rundown.

M&S: This is the most expensive and probably won’t be your frequent if on a tight budget, but you may go there occasionally because some of the stuff is pretty good.

Morrison’s: This is your bog standard big supermarket that stocks everything, price wise it is probably a bit pricier than Tesco and Asda, more like Sainsbury’s but if you are just looking for the standard weekly shop, this is for you.

Iceland: Another choice, obviously specializing in frozen food that is especially handy for students as well as stocking a range of cupboard and fridge fillers, it’s great value and they sometimes offer student discount but you may not find everything you would need here.

Aldi: is the most budget friendly option, and where I do near all of my shopping, I love the place. Now obviously with Aldi most of what’s on offer is own brand  but most of the own brand food is just as good as branded and yes you do have less choice but they usually have everything you need and the lesser choice means that you pay a good bit less. Compared to say Morrison’s you could save £10 maybe £15 a week.

If you are someone who likes saving money, then shopping in multiple places will net you all the best bargains. When you first venture out to do your shopping your best bet will be to check out what’s around town and make the best choice for yourself since only you will know what you want.

Hope this helps and thanks for reading!

Jordan

Hill Start- end of year show

Hello everyone, I thought as I have just finished my first year with Hill Start- the dance society, I would share what happened at the end of the year. I didn’t know about the end of year show till the second semester when we started a dance for it.

The end of year show enables everyone in the dance society to showcase their abilities. It is really enjoyable and for someone that was in one dance it was good to see what they do in the other classes because it really inspired me to join more classes next year. There was a combination of lots of different dances but they also had some of the dance pieces that the competition team did in Manchester. The show enabled me to meet lots of new people and be inspired to try out more classes and maybe even join the competition team.

The build up during semester 2, for me, was just my normal classes every week. Which was nice because you can choose how many dances your in depending on how busy your schedule is. Then when it comes to the last week before the show, teachers may call extra rehearsals depending on how the dance is and also the last couple of days, for us, they called rehearsals to do an opening and a finale. You really feel like you’re part of a team as everyone is all working together, everyone from first year to third.

Overall this was a really great experience and I am so grateful to be a part of the Hill Start team and I am truly inspired to attend more classes next year and also maybe go for the competition team. If you want to join Hill Start I would highly recommend it, with the variety of classes they offer and also the opportunities of being more serious and attending competitions or just going to classes for fun. Hill Start will be at the freshers fair if you have any questions anyone there will be happy to help.

Day Off? No Problem

Hey everyone! I thought I would dedicate a blog to the things that you can do in Ormskirk or on campus of Edge Hill University when you find yourself with a day off or in need of a break from assignment writing etc. 


Treat Yourself

Sometimes when I have a day off from University, I like to think of it as a ‘treat yourself’ kind of day. Whether you have been writing assignments, studying for an exam or just wanting a break from university life, why not take yourself into Ormskirk and treat yourself to something nice?Image result for treat yourself gif

Go out for lunch with friends

Food fixes everything, am I right? There are some really nice places to visit in town if you and your flatmates are tired of cooking for yourselves and are also really student friendly. Some of my favourite places would be;

  • Cobble
  • Love to Eat
  • Wetherspoons (classic)
  • The Bagel Deli

Student Union

You may be surprised to find yourself in the student union bar on a day off from university but, sometimes it is nice just to sit and have a few drinks with some friends, have a laugh and sometimes there is some entertainment on the television such as football. You don’t have to go too far as this is located right on campus!Related image

Have a flat movie day/board game day

You don’t even have to leave the flat on your day off from classes so this would be the best opportunity to gather any of your other friends from your course or in your flat and have a cosy movie day with lots of snacks or, have a board game night. Let me share some advice, if you chose to play monopoly…make yourself comfortable, you’re in for a long night.


Thank you for reading. I have to say, my favourite thing to do out of this list is to watch a movie with my flat mates as it is such a great way to bond and chill out after a hard couple of days work.

“Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.”

-Ralph Marston-

Getting to the Football from Edge Hill

If your an avid football fan like myself then wondering how to get down to a game at the weekend might be a question you have pondered already if you are not sure, but don’t worry Edge Hill isn’t that far away from civilization and travel links are readily available.

If you are an Everton fan looking to get to Goodison Park then the train to Liverpool Central will get you there, you can get off at various stops and catch the bus but if you would rather walk then getting off at Kirkdale is your best bet.

Alternatively for both Everton and Liverpool fans the 310 to Liverpool from Ormskirk bus station stops at Oxton Street for Goodison Park, and Woodhouse Close for Anfield, both stops are within walking distance of their respective grounds.

I personally am a Man United fan so I have to go a bit further afield by first getting the train to Liverpool central, walking across to Lime Street, (do not let Merseyrail deceive you, Liverpool Central and Liverpool Lime Street are five minutes walk apart contrary to information I keep finding when planning my journey which lists the distance as a 40 minute walk.) I then go from Lime street to Manchester Piccadilly and then finally getting a tram down to the ground. This altogether would cost around £20 return but you can save money with a railcard which would bring the price to around £14/15 instead.  Regardless of who you support Liverpool Lime Street or Preston train station will usually be your main points of travel if going further afield.

It’s also important to keep in mind when the last buses and trains back are, I know the last train from Liverpool into Ormskirk is usually around half 12, i’m not sure about buses. Either way travel to grounds is accessible as long as you know how and plan accordingly, till next time!

Jordan