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 A-Z of Edge Hill University

A – Art’s Centre: The Art’s Centre hosts a wide range of entertainment available for anyone – film, theatre, and music. Currently, students can get a free membership that comes with a few free tickets.
B – Biosciences: Obviously the greatest department around, is the department of biology. The building is filled with great equipment such as the electron microscope as well as having the brand new tech hub lab next door. Of course, the department staff are as well phenomenal – the technicians, administrators and lecturers.
C – Campus: Our wonderful campus is fairly small but incredibly beautiful. With two lakes and plenty of green spaces, you will never be far from nature, yet the modern facilities are equally as stunning.
D – Ducks: If you don’t know already, you should know that the ducks on campus are essentially the mascots of our uni.
E – Edge Link: The Edge Link Bus runs from campus to Ormskirk throughout the day, roughly every 15 minutes.
F – Facilities: Many impressive facilities exist at Edge Hill, the newest of which is the Techhub. It hosts the new biotechnology lab, as well as the CAVE. Other buildings worth mentioning are Creative Edge and Sporting Edge – both being modern facilities for the computery creative and the athletic populations of Edge Hill.
G – Green: Facilities Management became the second university in the UK to gain the Green Flag Award for maintaining an attractive and welcoming campus. Our uni is also green in that it is environmentally conscious, sporting solar panels, ground source heating and thermal heat recovery.
H – History: Edge Hill College, as it was once known, was originally a women-only teaching college, until accepting men in 1959. The history of Edge HIll has links to women’s rights and the Suffragette movement.
I – International: The International office allows students the opportunity to study abroad on the ERASMUS+ program. We have links to Sweden, Cyprus, Belgium, and many more.
J – Joint Honours: Those wishing to study a joint or combined honours degree will find a number of options available to them at Edge Hill, particularly in the Humanities subjects on offer here.
K – Knowledge: Those studying at Edge Hill will gain knowledge into their degree subject that only a lecturer could give. Studying Biology at Edge Hill has presented me with many opportunities to learn that would not have been available to me otherwise.
L – Liverpool: A mere 30 minutes on the train from Liverpool, Ormskirk is nicely situated near the bustling city.
M – Money Advice Team: The Money Advice Team offer advice at drop-in sessions all throughout the term, providing support on money management as well as information regarding scholarships and the hardship fund.
N – Nightlife: There are few clubs and bars in Ormskirk, as well as the SU Bar and Quad, ensuring you will have plenty of choices if you decide on a night in town.
O – Ormskirk: A quaint market town that makes a lovely place to call your home away from home. From the clock tower to coronation park, I know I’ve come to love it.
P – PGCE: Qualifications for teaching are also available at Edge Hill, alongside other undergrad and postgrad degrees.
Q – Queer representation: Our students’ union have both an LGBT+ Officer and also the upcoming position of a Trans Officer.
R – Red Bar: The Red Bar – adjacent the Arts Centre – is the location of the Open Mic nights and serves delicious pizza! The staff are incredibly welcoming too. Also here are many board games for a nice quiet social time.
S – Societies and Sports: So! Many! Societies! Ranging from Sports clubs to liberation or recreational socs.
T – Tutors: I can speak from experience when I say that my personal tutor has been very supportive of me and has provided great support when I’ve needed it. Personal tutors definitely make an important part of the incredible student support system at Edge Hill.
U – University of the Year: Back in 2014-5, Edge Hill won the University of the Year in 10th annual Times Higher Education (THE) Awards – a title it rightfully deserves!
V – Varsity: The annual sporting competition between us and the University of Central Lancashire is a great opportunity to get involved in competitive sport. Bonus V – Vikings: The Edge Hill American football team!
W – Whatuni awards: This year, Edge Hill won top accommodation, third for student support, and placed in the top five for Courses and Lecturers and Uni Facilities.
X – Xenobiotics: One of the areas of study by our biology department is mosquitoes as a vector for human disease. A topic that accompanies this is the use of insecticides – xenobiotics – to kerb the spread of said diseases.
Y – You: Our Student’s Union values you, and is made by you. Our bar and house staff are students, as are the elected officers, president and vice presidents.
Z – Zoo: Chester zoo is not far, and was one of the trips I attended during the first few weeks of my biology degree. It was a great icebreaker and helped form bonds that would only be strengthened in Cyprus, another trip in the first term of my first term of Biology.

We won an award!

So you may already know this, but if it has managed to escape your notice, Edge Hill has been awarded two prestigious awards for its accommodation. The first is according to the National Student Housing Services and the second is from the recent whatuni awards.

So, what makes Edge Hill’s accommodation so special?

In these posts, Vicki talks about Chancellors Court and Charley reflects back on her life in Back Halls. In an earlier post, I also talk about Graduates Court. If you’re thinking about which accommodation you want to live in during first year, it is definitely worth reading these blogs, and getting a feel of what it is like to live there. After all, you’ll be spending nearly a year living there!

I loved living in halls because it was such a social experience and I had a ready-made set of friends I could come home and complain to after a stressful day.

Ensuite accommodation

  • Forest Court (ensuite) – just to the right of the main building when you come in via security, these halls are the middle-priced range. You can still have your ensuite bathroom and will cater for yourselves, but at a lower price for what you’d be paying for the other five ‘courts.’
  • Graduates Court – these halls are tucked away behind Education and are some of the quietest on campus, partly because they’re away from the centre of campus, where the majority of things take place. This can be a pain when you want to do your washing, but I thought it was an easy trade, seeing as I rather enjoyed the quiet.
  • Founders Court / Palatine Court – these halls are closest to the bus stop and security, and are a nice distance from the main building and the hub. Palatine is the newest accommodation block we have on campus.
  • Chancellors Court / Chancellors South – these halls are over by the Sports Centre and Creative Edge, so are particularly well-placed for students in Media, Music, Sport etc. The bus also now stops by Chancellors.

Shared bathroom accommodation

  • Forest Court (shared) – everything is the same about shared and ensuite bedrooms in Forest Court, except for the bathrooms!
  • Back Halls – If you apply for back halls, you can apply to be either catered or self catered! If you can’t or don’t like cooking, this is a great one to choose. It’s also particularly good for socialising, as it is the only accommodation block on campus with a common room!
  • Main Halls – as well as being right slap bang in the middle of campus, with easy access to everything, you are also catered if you stay in Main Halls, which means you get your food included in your accommodation! However, there is a kitchen for those meals you do want to make yourself.

These awards may not be important to you, but it’s worth considering what is. Best facilities? Best support on campus? Best value for money? League tables are certainly important, but it is important to remember that university is about a whole experience, and when deciding on your firm choice, you need to think about what else you want from that experience.