Alex’s Blog – The healthiest week of my life!

After a full week of teaching about healthy lifestyles in a primary school.. I am feeling pretty healthy!

Along with a group of 2nd/3rd year PE & School Sport students, we taught pupils at Golborne Primary School for the whole week on keeping healthy and I was placed in the Year 6 class along with four other students.

After an exciting introduction which consisted of a supermarket-themed ‘wake and shake’, we began our health week! Each day had its own theme including; food, exercise and role models.

We had an absolutely fantastic week and personally I had a brilliant time (especially dressing up on the last day for Children In Need)! All the children really got involved and enjoyed the lessons, finishing off a great week by presenting us with chocolates and cards signed by the pupils.. a very welcome surprise!

I’ve always wanted to teach in a secondary school however after having such a positive week in the primary school, I have a harder decision to make than first thought!

Alex 🙂

 

Charlotte’s Blog- Statistics Submission

This week I had my first assignment submission, this might not seem as scary as it was but I found it so much harder to submit this assignment than I have in previous years. This might be because it was my first submission for third year so fingers crossed I will pass it!! It was my last assignment on statistics however, for any of you wanting to study psychology you probably already know that statistics is a major part of your psychology degree, no matter if you’re doing straight or specialised. For me this was one of the main things that worried me when choosing psychology as the subject I wanted to study, as I had never done anything about stats before and maths isn’t one of my strongest points. Trust me you have nothing to worry about!! This has turned out to be one of my favourite areas of psychology and you don’t need to be a mathematician to understand it!

Joey’s Blog – No Business Like Show Business

Hello again,

This has been one of the busiest weeks of my young life! Full-time Drama students are required, in their third year, to participate in an Ensemble Performance – you receive a choice of styles (Devised, Text-based, Musical, Dance, Site-specific, etc.) and then work together in those groups to create performances.

The group I chose to work with was the Musical, since music and song as narrative constructs are something that I’m researching for my dissertation, and the piece we were given to perform was ‘The Capeman.’

It’s hard to describe ‘The Capeman’ to people who have never heard of it (and every single one of us in that group hadn’t!), but the closest description I can write is the all-singing, all-dancing true story of a Puerto Rican murderer. Now doesn’t that sound like fun?
It was certainly a wake-up call to the people who thought that modern musicals were Broadway belters about green witches, man-sized felines, scarred singers or downtrodden French folk – this show was definitely not wholesome family fun.

But one of the best things about being a Drama student at University is the opportunity (and expectation) to push boundaries, to try new things, to cause a little commotion – and whilst we weren’t the most graphic production (that honour goes unreservedly to the text-based production ‘Life During Wartime’), we certainly turned a few heads as we recreated the New York slums, the Puerto Rican parades and, ultimately, the Death Row prison cells.

If you’re thinking of studying Drama at University, the best advice I can give you is to throw yourself entirely into it. You might find, as we did with ‘The Capeman’, that there’s no such thing as pushing it too far!

Yours theatrically,
Joey x

Stephanie’s Blog – A week of Vodka!

Although this sounds exciting and like a drunken week out, it wasn’t! This post is about my work this week. As part of my ‘Individual Portfolio’ module we have to make eight briefs to respond to.

One of my eight briefs was:

‘Smirnoff Vodka have a range of products including a new cocktail range. Raise awareness of the new products through a fun, integrated campaign aimed at 18 – 24 year olds.’

These briefs are made up and I wasn’t even sure that there would be a new cocktail range, but it seemed something to work towards so it was great fun!

… Reasonably happy with this brief and some of the ideas I had started to come up with I was happy. Then this morning I was looking at the Advertising news on The Guardian and Smirnoff have released a new advert which is similar to what I was imagining for my brief! Although I am a bit annoyed and may have to change my brief, it is such a good campaign and truly captivating. Hopefully I’ll manage to try and change my brief and adapt it so I can work along aside it.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2012/nov/17/the-new-smirnoff-advert (Apologies for the link but on Youtube you have to sign in so watch the video here!)

Faye’s Blog – Trying to be a more active Film Student

So recently I have been a bit of a rubbish film student. I haven’t seen barely any new films that have recently been out in the cinema! Mainly because the cinema is so expensive these days. But luckily my boyfriends friend works at the Odeon back home and whenever my boyfriend helps him out with some of his uni work he gives him a couple of free tickets which is really awesome! So me and my boyfriend went to see Looper last week. And I loved it, I thought that it was such a fantastic film! I feel bad that I haven’t been to see more films now though because I have a feeling I have missed out on a lot recently! Especially when everyone on my course is discussing a lot of the new films.

I am also going to be filming my brother’s band when they are in the recording studio in a couple of weeks time. We are hoping to film one or two music videos for a couple of their original songs! So that should be fun, I’m really looking forward to it. Going to try and get some photo’s of them as well 🙂

Elisha’s blog- Hard work really does pay off….

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks preparing for a very important assignment… my Dissertation Progress Presentation !

This involved presenting an overview of our Dissertation, our progress so far, any changes made, and the data analysis and write up; and this was reported to staff and peers in the Biology department.

The brief was quite tough as we had to had to cover a lot of information in a short space of time, make it visually appealing, and present it well. Part of the marking criteria was also our ability to respond to questions, and this was probably the most difficult section to prepare for. I spent a lot of time perfecting my presentation and making sure that i’d covered all the relevant info; but then I had to memorise it, time how long it took me and try to guess what questions I was likely to get asked! I decided to present it to as many people that would listen and go over it again and again in my head to make sure that I became familiar with it. I also intentionally left a few things out of my presentation in the hope that i’d get asked those things…and it worked 😉

It was a very nerve-wrecking assignment but it helped that I wasn’t alone; me and my peers were all nervous. In the end it went very well and I was extremely pleased with the result I achieved which was a 1st!!!! I spent a huge amount of time preparing for it, and it was great to see that my efforts had paid off. This is probably one of the most important lessons i’ve learnt so far at University… the more time you put into things, the better the result. This may seem obvious but you’d be surprised how long it takes to appreciate the amount of hard work that is required to succeed… it’s definitely worth it though!

 

 

Faye’s Blog – The Region

So as you will know Edge Hill is located in the North West and is in a pretty decent location because it is situated in-between a lot of different places, Liverpool, Preston, Manchester etc.

I don’t really class myself as an average student as I don’t go out ‘partying’ a lot which is what Liverpool and Manchester are great for. Liverpool and Manchester are also really great for shopping as I think everyone will be aware. But as I am not such a party animal my personal experience of the region is very different. I’m a lot more family orientated and I love photography etc. so my weekends are a lot quieter than most peoples!

When I was in my first and second year of uni, my boyfriend lived in Preston as he was studying at UCLAN (he’s the year above me so he has graduated now) so most weekends I would get the train to Preston. It’s 30 mins away on the train so it’s really quick and the train line is a direct one so it was really easy to get there and back. I spent a lot of time in pubs in Preston and around the UCLAN campus so I got to nosey about the place a lot. We also went to the cinema, ate out at restaurants a fair bit too and wandered around the high street as well. Which always resulted in me spending too much money. Preston also has a lot of big parks such as Avenham Park which is really lovely!

I also travel back home a hell of a lot too. I’m from Blackpool and I love it so I spend a lot of time there as well with my family. It takes about an hour on the train to Blackpool and you usually just change train in Preston. Blackpool has a lot to offer.  If you are into all of the going out there are a lot of clubs there. But there is also the seaside, arcades, attractions such as the Sea Life Centre, the Tower of course and the Pleasure Beach and a big high street ans shopping centre  So with all that about there is always something to do. There seems to be something for everyone in Blackpool.

On the weekends that I do stay in Ormskirk I do like to walk along the high street and do a bit of shopping. I also go to the library when I have a lot of work to do which I know is boring but you may have to do some work over the weekends too! I also like The Hub that is now on campus. It has a really good atmosphere and you can get food there, check your emails and just chill out!

Joey’s Blog – The Magic of Ormskirk

Hello again,

This week, I am writing not about my amazing friends nor the many social events that make up the foreground of my life at Edge Hill, but the background upon which life here shines.

Ormskirk is an olde-worlde town, with tavern-style pubs and weekly markets in the town centre – a far cry from the hustle and bustle of Liverpool, despite only being 30 minutes away by train. If you’re looking for nightly parties and non-stop noise, then perhaps commuting from Liverpool or even Preston (40 minutes away) is a better idea.

The beauty of Ormskirk is in the many little wonders it hides – the natural scenery in Ruff Woods, the rustic architecture in the older buildings, and (most importantly) the delightful cocktail bar in the town centre – all of which provide releases from the rigours of education, and cement the idea that Ormskirk isn’t just a place it live, it’s a place to make your home.

Yours locally,
Joey x

Stephanie’s Blog – What to do in and around Edge Hill…

When choosing which University is right for you, one of the key things to look out for is what is within The Region. When moving to Edge Hill it was everything about the North West that I found so attractive and different to my home in the South East. Whatever your thing is, there is something in the North West to keep you entertained throughout your studies at Edge Hill.

Shopping – A major part of my life is being a Shopaholic, which means I LOVE shopping – and that is no exaggeration. The Historical Market Town of Ormskirk is great for gift shopping with niche Cottage Crafts and Vanilla and then B&M and Home Bargains have some great novelty gifts too! Then there is Dorothy Perkins and New Look which are both ideal for me as they are two of my favourite high street shops! Looking for more shops? The direct train to Liverpool City Centre takes less than half an hour and then there is everything! From high street to niche to designer to shops you didn’t even think existed anymore. Want somewhere a little less popular and busy? Then Southport is a great alternative, not far by train or in a car with similar shops and less queues it is ideal for a long day of high street shopping… And if you want to venture further or want something more specific there is Preston and Manchester (I love the Trafford Centre!)

Even if shopping isn’t your thing the Christmas Markets in Liverpool and Manchester are irresistible. With Ferris Wheels, mulled wine, german food and some great knickknacks for last-minute family presents. A great sense of atmosphere and Christmas cheer is waiting in these cities from early November.

Nights Out – As Ormskirk is most local it is a great social occasion as you will more than likely bump into people you know from halls, your course, sports teams and socials! And if you don’t already know them, you soon will. Some of my most strong friendships at University have developed from nights out (under the influence of alcohol) discussing how much I like ‘the quiet girl in my class who I had never spoken to before’s dress! In first year there was a chant that was sung around Uni about where to go each night of the week. As we have changed venues and the club promotions have changed so has our chant… ‘A Monday Night’s a Mustard Night, A Tuesday Night’s a Forum Night, A Wednesday Night’s a Social/Venue Night, A Thursday Night’s an Alpine Night!’ And at the weekend why not try a cocktail at The Green Room or Lime Tyger? Or on a Sunday venture to the Pub Quizzes and Karaoke Nights in Styles or Liquid? And of course Southport, Wigan, Preston and Liverpool have a lot to offer! You might even make friends (luckily I did) from Blackpool, Manchester and Chester who might show you a good night in their towns! The Student Union do a great job of organizing nights out around the area and there are always student reps for big nights out in Liverpool such as Carnage and Studentfest.

Culture – As a Creative Student (I Study Advertising) it is ideal to be so close to Liverpool as the Biennial takes over the city every year and transforms desolate and unused buildings into exhibition spaces. If museums, art and history are your thing then pop down to The Docks where there are some great sights as well a mixture of museums for you to explore and great exhibitions within! Locally there are also Antony Gormely’s Iron Men on the Beach who are best seen at low tide which are always nice to see but you may get a bit wet if it’s windy!

Random – There truly is something for everyone around Edge Hill. With a variety of Cinemas locally it is always easy to catch a film. If you are bored of budgeting and eating the same thing then the range of cheap restaurants in Ormskirk is great. And if you fancy a drive or a trip further out there are lots of all you can eat buffets (great to stock up on food for the week!) The Red Hot buffet in Liverpool and Taybarn’s in Wigan are two of the most popular at Edge Hill with a variety of around the world foods at both for great prices. Formby Beach is a great place to take a trip too if the weather is nice, it’s ideal for kite flying, paddling, water fights, playing with sand or generally chilling with friends! The Rose Theatre on the University Campus puts on film nights and theatre productions so keep an eye out for those too! And if you want to venture further you could always walk the lights or watch the switch on of the lights at Blackpool. On the Edge Hill Student Portal there is always information of what is going on in the area that you can attend or get involved in and anything course specific will be emailed to you by your tutor. I’m off to Designival as part of my course in a couple of weeks in Liverpool to be inspired by the creatives of the world!

Charlotte’s Blog- The Region

Many of you might of never heard of Ormskirk where Edge Hill is situated.  I know I hadn’t before starting here! But little did I know there was so much exciting and interesting stuff to do in the surrounding region!

I know for me coming from a small town in the lake district, Edge Hill wasn’t to daunting to move too as the town itself is quite small so it was just like a home from home. However the option of the city lifestyle is also there for you with big cities such as Manchester and Liverpool practically on the doorstep! It also wasn’t too far for me to travel back home which was a reassuring thought when I first moved here.

Like I said  big cities such as Manchester and Liverpool, are both practically on the doorstep. Both of these are great for nights out with some of the best clubs and pubs,  and they both guarantee a great night out, I can assure you that you will not be disappointed! Shopping is also great in both with a wide range of boutique and major chain shops, but be careful you don’t blow your student loan, I know I’m always tempted!  They are also home to some of the major north west football clubs so if you are an avid football supporter then it is not far to travel for matches at all, which is always a plus!

But these aren’t the only places surrounding Edge Hill- Southport, Wigan and Preston are close by and are all worth a visit! As these provide a lot of exciting new adventures for you too try when beginning your new student life!

Hopefully this has given you an insight to the great places that surround Edge Hill! I can guarantee you will definitely never be bored!!!