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!!!

 

Elisha’s blog- Edge Hill & beyond

I love how close Edge Hill University is to so many difference places and facilities and how it adds value to my degree.

I have recently become a Student rep for my course and during a programme board meeting last week; we were asked what our opinion of the course was… this got me thinking about some of the fantastic field trips we have been on and how privileged we are to have so many local areas to use nearby.

We have carried out ecological field studies on small mammals and research on leaf litter and insects in Ruff Wood in Ormskirk; carried out plant identification around the campus itself and in areas around Lancashire, Lancaster and Merseyside; and have even been let loose in the archive areas of Liverpool Museum!

I also recently attended the “Bodies Revealed” exhibition in Liverpool One; which is a museum of preserved human bodies that gives an informative and intimate view of the skeletal, muscular, reproductive, nervous, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, urinary and circulatory systems. I would definitely recommend a visit… even if your not doing a biology degree, it’s fascinating!

Edge Hill is also a great location for arranging social events; me and my fellow students have arranged some great nights out and evening meals to celebrate Christmas and other occasions. We have been to Liverpool and Ormskirk on several occasions, and there is always plenty of places to eat and socialise. We have also visited some lovely little pubs on the way back from field trips, which is a great way to end a day of hard work… the Lecturer’s even join in sometimes too!

 

Alex’s Blog – The Region

Whenever I work at Recruitment Fairs anywhere outside of Lancashire, I am always asked  the same question – Where is Edge Hill? My answer usually mentions being close to  Liverpool or Southport and people then start to get an idea where it is.. but here is some more information on where Edge Hill is.

As well as being on the doorstep of Ormskirk, Edge Hill is less than 30 minutes away from Liverpool and just over 40 minutes away from Manchester. It is also only a short journey from places like Preston, Wigan, St Helens and Southport, giving students loads of choices for nights out if they don’t want to go out in Ormskirk or stay on campus!

With easy access to and from Edge Hill in all forms of transport, students can go shopping or to a gig in Liverpool, go to a gallery or museum in Manchester or take a trip to the seaside in Southport or Blackpool.. so many choices! So even though it may seem there is less to do because it isn’t a city-based campus, there are so many opportunities only a quick journey away! Or if you prefer, you can always enjoy staying in Ormskirk 🙂

For more information on The Region click here.

You can also watch a video of students talking about the location here.

Alex 🙂

Joey’s Blog – Friendship

Hello again,

After spending time back in Wales, it was lovely to get back to Ormskirk and to Edge Hill University. Not because of the course, despite how fun it can be, or because of my job, as gratifying as it is, but because of my friends.

This week, one of my friends researched definitions of ‘friendship’ for one of their assignments, which got me thinking on what my interpretation would be of that ten-letter word. Google defines it as ‘the emotions or conduct of friends; the state of being friends’, Wikipedia as ‘a relationship between two people who hold mutual affection for each other.’ But for me, friendship is more than that.

When I make a friend, I feel like I lose a part of myself to them; they bring out the best qualities in me, and when we’re apart, I’m not whole. I think I’d give Voldemort a run for his money when it comes to tearing my soul to pieces and hiding them in others! But in true friendship, I get an equal piece of the other person entrusted to me, and I know that I am as important to them, as they to me, and with that, I am more whole than I could ever be.

Some of you might be wondering what any of this has to do with Edge Hill, but coming to this University has resulted in my meeting, and befriending, the best friends any man could ever hope to know; in eight months, I will take from Edge Hill more than just a degree, I shall be taking three years worth of support, of laughter and tears, of fancy dress and pyjama days, of days drinking cola and nights drinking cocktails, and most importantly, a lifetime’s worth of friendship; to me, that’s worth more than any qualification.

Yours emotionally,
Joey x

A Week of Scares… Halloween and Dissertation Preparation.

So this week was set to be amazing with The Venue (The Bar at University) hosting one of the biggest Halloween Parties in Ormskirk! And what a fab night it was, with Teams and Societies dressed up as everything and anything it was great! There was a range of scary costumes, funny outfits, creativity and some were just plain crazy. At one point I saw a large group of Santas which is ironic – I thought there was only one!!

And on top of the scares of seeing everyone dressed up and the shop window displays being terrifying I also had the fright of my life when I realised how close Deadline Day is!!!

In the lead up to Christmas, besides getting carried away about decorating and present shopping there is the minor worry of Deadline Day… Just before Christmas each year I have a hand-in date and it is getting increasingly closer.

I am off on Reading Week next week so I thought I would go home; thinking this would be a great opportunity to do some work I met up with my personal tutor and dissertation supervisor. At first she scared with me with an overload of information and dates to remember. However, eventually, after taking a small break to play the Google Halloween Game with my Lecturer, all was calm and I understood.

 

So the next step is to finalise my title, write a 2000 word Literature Review and then an additional 8000 words on the topic of my choice. Sounds easy right? Let’s hope so!

 

What should be interesting is my research, as I am doing a study into hidden sexual messages in advertising – with regards to products targeted at men. During my research I came across these great examples and it is amazing how hidden things can be…

It is crazy to think who sits about and looks at every image with the dots joined together, at various angles etc to find the messages. Even the Facebook home page spells out Sex apparently… Madness!