Easter Holidays

Hi everyone, we are into the Easter holiday’s now and most people have left campus for the time being. It can feel like a strange time to have a break so close to the end of the year considering most of us are only a month or so away from finishing for the year. Easter to me always feels like one of those times that passes by ridiculously quick since there can be so much going on and that’s without including any of the usual Easter festivities like an egg hunt. Speaking of which there was one on campus last week, which wEgg huntas a fun change from the norm, managed to snag myself a Milkybar egg because white chocolate is obviously the best kind!

Now that most people have gone home, maybe yourself included, this is the perfect time to get on top of all that fun (sarcasm) uni work you’ve been saving up. If your already on top of all your deadlines then nice one. Try to prioritize work like essays etc. that can be done off campus while your away freeing up your time when your on-campus for stuff that might only be doable at uni or at least easier, say if there’s software here you can use.

If you are living on campus and are staying at Edge Hill throughout the Easter holidays then enjoy, it is pretty chill when it’s really quiet. It is also important to know that various outlets and services throughout Edge Hill will have different working hours with most services closed on the Easter weekend, I have linked Edge hill’s own guide for more specific information. https://issuu.com/ehucampuslife/docs/easter_on_campus_guide_2019_large

Whatever you’re doing for Easter enjoy yourself, don’t forget about your work but don’t let it control your holidays either, till next time.

Jordan

 

Accommodation AFTER First Year

Hello friends!

I hope you are having a lovely Mother’s day. As I have written about first year accommodation before, I thought I would talk about accommodation for second and third year students. Edge Hill’s fantastic accommodation was voted best student accommodation in the UK and Ireland and best value for money (National Student Housing Awards, 2018)… and I am not surprised one bit! However, you do not have to stay on campus, it is completely up to you!

Living in Ormskirk

The perks of living in Ormskirk is that you are VERY close to the town centre, which means you are a short walk away from Morrison’s, Aldi, Maccies, Superdrug, Spoons, Alpine… the list goes on! And when I say ‘walk away’ I mean they are literally on your door step. AND the bus that travels to Edge Hill’s campus is free for all students when you show your student ID card. However, my housemates and I usually walk as it is only 10 minutes away, and a breath of fresh air is a good way to get the day of work started!

Living on Campus

If you prefer to stay on campus however, you can apply to stay in Edge Hill’s accommodation or in Woodland Court (brand new flats for third year students). You can find out everything you need to know including facilities and costs on Edge Hill’s website. Although you will have to get a bus into town, there is still plenty going on at the Student Union bar such as karaoke, quizzes and Wednesday socials! You also get to be a 2-minute walk away from Edge Hill’s new library, the Catalyst (where I have been living the past couple of weeks).

Commuting from Home

If you would rather stay at home, commuting is always an option (depending on where you live and how far you are willing to travel of course!). You can apply for a parking permit so you can park in Edge Hill’s car park which is always open and right on campus.

Let me know if you have any more questions about accommodation for second and third years!

Until next time,

 

Quriky Differences between Edge Hill and N. Ireland – Dont get caught out with Ulster Bank notes

Quirky Differences between EHU and NI


If your like me and grew up in the North of Ireland your’ll know we’re a different breed to the rest of the world. It goes without saying that things are a little different there. When I first landed in Ormskirk and realised that getting a packet of Tayto at the shop wasn’t going to happen I was surpirsed. The little things about home seem to fade away here. In cases that can be annoying but in others it can be downright disastourous. I want to take a look at the differences that can acutally impact you.


The money might be sterling but dont expect to spend your hard earned Ulster bank, Bank of Ireland or First Trust notes in shops or out and about. Some places will accept them but more will give you a look like you have two heads. Its unfortunatly not against the law for shops to refuse to accept these notes and many do refuse to take them. Paying by card is an easy way to go, but if you do have N. Irish notes to exchange the post office in Ormskirk town will gladly help you out.


You might not find your bank on the main street in town. If you have a account with an N. Irish bank account like First Trust, Ulster Bank, Bank of Ireland or Dankse Bank you can forget about dropping into the branch for anything. If you bank with a bigger bank or building society you will find these, Ormskirk is home to a Halifax, HSBC, Barclyes, TSB, Santandar, NatWest and Nationwide. Unfortunatly the RBS branch has recently closed.


Your car insurance needs to be updated. If you hold a policy in N. Ireland and take your car to England for more than 90 days you must inform your insurance company or it will be invalid. If you decide to swap your license over be aware that the issuing autority is differnt also, nolonger the DVANI but simply the DVLA. Fun fact on things that are also differnt, ‘R’ plates dont exist in England, there’s no restriction.


Thats all for this blog. If you want to read more about Edge Hill in general check out this blog on Edge Hill life hacks:

Edge Hill Life Hacks – Everyone’s free (to wear sunscreen)

If you want more free and great advice email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!

[Part Two] Studying in Ireland and thinking of Edge Hill? – UCAS and Results

Irish Leaving Certificate and EHU


As someone who has experienced the Irish Leaving certificate first hand and furthered my education at Edge Hill there are a few things that can trip up the unsuspecting student. This four part guide will hopefully give you an insight into some of the points to consider when coming to Edge Hill from Ireland.

In this part two of the four part guide I want to take a look at the differences between CAO and UCAS, and how to make the most of your results. But bottom line, wither you are happy or sad about what you got there are always pathways open to wherever you want to go.


UCAS

UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) is the UK variant of CAO. The UCAS system is the application gateway to higher level institutes within the UK. Applying from an Irish perspective is easy, but there are a few trappings. First you will need to speak to your guidance councilor. When applying they will be required to prepare a recommendation for you and project your grades for your exam. Unlike CAO offers for UCAS come early and you are then expected to meet the conditions of the offer.


Your results

When all is said and done, your results are in and you open the envelope hopefully your predicted grades have come through and you have what you need to meet the conditions of your offer. If this is the case then you need to scan the certificate and send a copy to admissions@edgehill.ac.uk.

But what if they haven’t gone to plan. First, don’t panic. I know I did. If you hasn’t made exactly the grades you are looking for, unlike CAO, the UCAS system is prepared for that.  The university may still choose to accept you if they wish. But you have other pathways open to you if not.


Other pathways

If your offer hasn’t been accepted it might be worth looking at UCAS clearing. This is a service that allows you to apply for new courses or universities. The clearing service opens after the A level results have been sent out.

Taking a gap year is another opportunity for you to reconsider your choices. Possibly applying for new courses or even taking a booster course that will improve your chances of being accepted to University.

Finally, repeating. It’s not as scary as it sounds. Repeating your exams is a great way to really focus in on what you want and achieve your goals. Some of the smartest people I know have repeated their Leaving Certificate. Doing it again doesn’t mean you failed, it means you are dedicated.


That’s everything, but if you want to learn more about offers from Edge Hill and UCAS you can check out my other blog post here:

UCAS offers from Edge Hill University – No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.

And if you want more free and great advice email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!

Accommodation – My View

Hey everyone!

I know there have been a few posts on accommodation on this platform but I believe that the more opinions you have on something, the easier it is to make your decision!


Chancellor’s Court 

My first pick to live on campus was in Chancellor’s Court and I am so grateful that I got a place here. There were so many options that I could chose from and after a long decision making process, I finally settled.

The size of the room is perfect for me! Originally, I was worried that the room would be too small as I did move over with A LOT of things, however, once I had unpacked and put all my things away, I realised how much space there actually is.

The wardrobe is the best place for storage because of how big it is and the extra room above makes for some handy storage!

Plus, there is a mini-fridge in the wardrobe, really useful if you want to hide some of chocolate from friends….


Making sure that I had the opportunity to personalise my space and make it seem more like home was so important to me. This meant that I needed somewhere that I could hand up pictures, shelf my books and store my folders for school.

That is one of my top tips about moving into accommodation; make it your own! There is no better way to make yourself feel right at home than hanging up some pictures, cards and posters. I am sure you have already seen this tip before but it really does help.

The university used to provide computers for these rooms but after the opening of the amazing catalyst building there was no need for them. The monitor is still in the room however, it does require a TV license if you wish to use it.

There are so many little nooks in the desk area where you can store all kinds of things. Great for shopping bags and laundry baskets!

So, as you can see, my accommodation is so nice and comfortable to live in but my favourite part about it has to be the en suite/wet room.

It may be a strange thing to get excited about if you’re like me and grew up having to share a bathroom with five other people, you will understand my feelings.

The wet room is a good size, with a shower curtain to stop the walls and towels getting wet, a toilet (obviously), a mirror and a shower wrack to keep your showers gels and shampoos on. I recommend buying some extra shower room storage as you will need more place to keep additional bathroom essentials but other than that, Edge Hill provide you with the basics to get you started!


I settled in really well to my new room knowing that I was safe and secure due to the 24-hour security and locked doors that require your own key to enter.

There is no better feeling than coming back from long day of lectures, coming into your room and relaxing in your own personal space. However, do remember to come out and socialise with the rest of your flat so that you can experience university life to the fullest!

My room is nice and simple but like I said, you can personalise it any way you like!

I hope that you enjoyed my view of the accommodation at Chancellor’s Court here in Edge Hill University! I love my space on campus and I am very grateful to the university for providing me with such a comfortable living space.

For more opinions and information about accommodation, please make sure to have a look at the other blog posts here at Inside Edge!

https://blogs.edgehill.ac.uk/insideedge/?s=accommodation

https://blogs.edgehill.ac.uk/insideedge/2019/03/02/edge-hill-university-room-tour-chancellors-south/

https://blogs.edgehill.ac.uk/insideedge/2019/03/01/accomodation-at-edge-hill-things-to-do-in-your-first-week/

“There is nothing more important than a good, safe, secure home.”

– Rosalynn Carter –

[Part One] Studying in Ireland and thinking of Edge Hill? – The Leaving Cert

Irish Leaving Certificate and EHU


As someone who has experienced the Irish Leaving certificate first hand and furthered my education at Edge Hill there are a few things that can trip up the unsuspecting student. This four part guide will hopefully give you an insight into some of the points to consider when coming to Edge Hill from Ireland.

In this, part one, I want to take a look at the Irish Leaving Certificate. For refrence, I studied and completed my Leaving Cert in 2016/17 taking honours Math, English, Gaeilge, DCG, History, Geography and Physics in Deele College, Donegal.


Projects and Portfolios

Getting your projects and protfolios done during the year is important. Not only are these projects the easiest points you will get in your leaving certificate, but they actually will set you up well for university where continious assessment rules the roost.

Its worth remembering not to just submit what the teacher suggests. Do your own thing. The examiner wont want to see the same thing 200 times, so make yours stand out.


Scheduled study, and exam papers

Having a schedule for your revision is a great idea. Spread it out and never cram. I could rant on about my personal opinions in regards to the Leaving Certificate, but this isnt the place. When it comes to your exam take it how it is and make everything count.

Do exam papers. Do all of them. Every single one. One a week every week that you can possibly do them. Trust me, I dont need to explain that any more.


Relax, chill out. Sleep.

Yes the Leaving Certificate is important, and yes you should take it very seriously but you also need to take time to chill out and put work aside every now and again.

And going out partying, thats good but dont let it take over. Trust me, it’s a bad idea.


That’s everything. Take these three things and you will be praised, trust me. If you want to learn more about dealing with stress you can check out my other blog post here.

Dealing with Stress at University – Stress is like the flu, everyone usually gets it

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Choosing the Right Halls for You

Hi guys when looking at universities, accommodation can be an important factor to consider, price, location and overall quality come into play and in my own experience it can be tough to choose when you haven’t seen everything to offer in detail so here’s a quick guide to what Edge Hill can offer you during your time here.

Chancellors Court/South, Founders East/West, Palatine Court, Graduates Court: I have grouped all this accommodation together because of their similar pricing/interior style.  From next year all rooms in these accommodations will range from £120-to 130 a week depending on the block. The different buildings do have some differences (mainly in location) but as far as I know they aren’t major. Overall as someone who has previously lived in Chancellors Court I was really impressed with the accommodation, rooms are a nice size, kitchen is also great, big enough for multiple people at once. Then there’s other things like the mini-fridge and my personal favourite feature, the wired internet connection. There is wi-fi as well, but if you do want to use wired internet it is really fast and very reliable, something you don’t always see with any kind of accommodation. 

Main Halls, Back Halls,: These blocks are a bit more budget friendly but do offer up some major differences, mainly in that there are no en-suites something you might not be bothered about at all so happy days. Most importantly the Main Halls are self-catered so part of your hall fees will go towards credit for food on campus. Self-catered accommodation here is £76 as of next year and catered £112 per week. So if you’re looking to save money these buildings could be the choice for you.

Forest Court: I put this one on its own as it’s kind of the middle ground between the two types above, Forest Court features both shared bathrooms and en-suite rooms and is priced at around £90-102 a week for next year so is a nice middle ground if neither of the others is exactly what you are looking for.

Woodland Court: These building is specifically for 3rd year students which is why I have situated it in its own group. With prices from £122-127 as of next year it’s in a similar price range as the other new buildings talked about earlier. the main difference being as far as I know it is the only accommodation that has a washing machine in the kitchen so there’s a bonus, if your going into 3rd year and looking for somewhere to live this could be a good bet for you.

Whichever halls you do end up choosing all accommodations run on a 40 week contract and include 24/7 security as standard for piece of mind. Here’s a link to the website for more information and for pictures etc. Anyway hope this helps and thanks for reading.

https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/study/accommodation/compare-halls-of-residence/

Jordan

Prepare Yourself for University – What no one tells you!

Hello everyone! I thought I would do a post all about how to prepare yourself for a university life and becoming more independent as it is rather different to living at home. I really wish I had prepared myself more for starting university as I got the shock of my life when I arrived and my parents left me all alone.

Really hope you enjoy this post and find it useful!


Start to cook for yourself!

You might be thinking, “it’s fine, I’m pretty sure I know how to turn the oven on and throw in some frozen chips etc.” This may work for the first few weeks of cooking for yourself but there comes a time when you crave a good, healthy, wholesome meal that didn’t come out of the freezer. 

Picture courtesy of @aliceliveing on instagram!

Being able to make your own meals from scratch that are healthy and make your flat mates jealous is such an essential skill for university. Luckily I cooked a lot for myself before I moved out but since living on my own, I have explored many dishes that are super easy to make and are so good for me! Start now and discover your love for cooking!

Do the washing!

Not going to lie, I did not do a lot of my own washing before I came to university. The only time I did do any washing was when I had to get it out of the washer and hang it up on the line. Let me tell you now, washing all your own clothes is not fun so I would highly suggest to start early and get used to it.

However, saying that, it does feel strangely rewarding to come back from the laundry room and have lovely clean clothes. Always a silver lining!

Push yourself!

This is something I was wish I had done before coming to university. I was never very good at conversational skills and kept to myself a lot. When I came to university, socialising and talking to new people was a whole other concept to me. I came to campus as a really shy, introverted  Irish girl who couldn’t hold a decent conversation for more than 3 minutes.

I wish that I pushed myself more to open up to people and learn how to talk to new people before coming to university as I know for a fact this would help me make friends quicker and not feel so nervous about the situation. You could do this by joining a club in your hometown so that you can familiarise yourself with talking and socialising with people you have never met before.

Be more independent!

The above pointers all kind of link to this one but I want to speak about this one more generally. What I mean about being more independent is not relying on the people at home to do things for you like cook, clean, washing the clothes, do the food shopping etc.

Before I moved out of my home, I made the conscious decision to do more things for myself. I generally was already quite independent but I wanted to make sure that I could handle the things that my mum or dad would normally help out with. For example, the summer before university started, I started to do the food shop by myself instead of my mum and I going together. It was hard shopping for five people but it definitely prepared me for when I started to do my own shopping. Another independent task I started to do for myself was the dreaded…booking your own doctors appointment. I know, I know, it seems scary but, that is what independence feels like sometimes!

 


All jokes aside, becoming more independent before coming to university 100% helped with the transition. It may seem awful to start with but it has to happen sometime, so why not start now?

I hope you enjoyed this post and find it helpful! See ya next time – Lauren x

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”

– Coco Chanel-

Accomodation at Edge Hill – Things to do in your first week

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Moving into your new accomodation is exciting, there is plenty to get on with but it can be easy to forget the basics in the first week. In this weeks blog I want to go through a few often forgotten things to do or get. Remember that in your flat work togeather to get things done, so you might have forgotten something on the list but someone else might have.


Food and shopping

This one is really easy to forget, just some basic bits and pieces. Food. Its easy to not get any shopping in, you could probbably survive on the free pizza too. But getting into the habbit of eating right from the start will make life better. Cheaper too, eating out can be expensive.


Toiletries

Just like the shopping it might be easy to forget things like toilet paper, toothpaste and even a toothbrush! Luckily the university provides a shop to purchase these items delivered to your room before you move in, but if you forget then getting down to McColls will set you right.


Entertainment

A deck of cards, monoloply, twister. Something for you and your new mates to do. Get in and have some fun in your first week. Cards is great, because of the amount of games you can actually play with them.


Thats it from me, but remember. Have fun in your first week. And if you forget something its not the end of the world.

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Why University will Change your Life – Three things that wont be the same again

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University is many things. An escape, new life, education and an experience. Thoughout your time you will almost certinaly experince things that never had crossed your mind. Things will happen every day that will challange you, and inevitably change your life. Don’t be afraid of the change, embrace it. All of those ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ questions that you’ve gotten, they come into play now. Because this is when you grow up. Make decisions for yourself.


Finances

Managing your own money may have been easy in the past but that will most likely change when you are dealing with rent money and buying most of your everyday items for yourself. Getting thrown into the deep end will give you the skills required to manage your money and finances for the future when noone else will do it for you.


Time management

Waking up in time for classes, having due dates and important meetings will give you the experience to change your life for the better. Knowing how your routinue makes a diference to your every day and how important changes are will give you the ability to ensure that in your life you make the right choices and put things that matter first.


Priorities

Finally, throughout your time in university you will learn how to prioritise the important aspects of your life. It might be a job, it might be your course but it will probbably be both. Making decisions to better yourself and ensure that you make the right choices. University will ensure you understand what comes first.


All of this might sound daunting, but is achieveable and will really change your life for the better.

If you want more free and great advice email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!