Campus History

In my most recent poetry seminar Lindsey, the seminar tutor, was discussing with us the concept of everything that has happened before in a space continuing to exist within that space as part of its history. She talked about how the building that we were currently in never used to exist and that, as we were on the second floor, some time ago the only things to inhabit that space will have been birds. We then considered the importance of a landscape’s history and how we could use this for our poetry. Lindsey then showed us old maps of the university using a website called www.old-maps.co.uk and I found it all very interesting so thought that I’d share some pictures of how the campus has changed.

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In 1928 the area where the university is now was just fields.

 

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In 1955 what is now known as ‘The Main Building’ appears. It has a very distinctive shape, but nowadays is attached to The Hub.
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In 1963 many more buildings have cropped up and the running track has appeared.
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From 1993, this is the most recent map available on the website, and it is a good indication of how much the campus has grown over the past years.
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To finish, here is a picture of the campus now.

 

 

All moved in and Freshers has passed

Well hello ladies and gentlemen

I have now officially moved in and can now sit and rest in the comfort of my own individual spot.
I have also watched the freshers come and arrive,  and them party their lives off.

There has been copious amounts of celebration from all the freshers and they have all had a fun time.

Freshers fair, which was last wednesday, was a lot of fun and has allowed many freshers to join many new societies, including my own led societies (Cosplay Society, Pagan Society and Murder Mystery)
And I got to dress up for it

Myself as Rabbit from Steam Powered Giraffe
Myself as Rabbit from Steam Powered Giraffe
Myself as Rabbit from Steam Powered Giraffe
Myself as Rabbit from Steam Powered Giraffe

I’m hoping to meet many new university students and hope I can help anyone in the problems and thoughts that come before them.

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Quote of the Day

“I wept not, so to stone inside I grew”

Preparing things to move!

So, The time has come to really start finishing your preparations for moving into Edge Hill. I am fully aware many people have already been doing this for months, but now that your A-Levels have been passed, this is the last big push into Edge Hill University.
As a Helping hand, I’ve compiled a list of one or two things you may need, if you haven’t got them already.

1 – LITERATURE

Obviously, your course will sit there and tell you exactly what books they’d like you to get to read for your course, and trust me, get them. They will really come in handy.
If you can’t get them, don’t worry. We have a library that you can borrow them from.,
But not just that! Bring books with you just to relax with. You will come to a point where you will want to just shut your brain off. Don’t. Just get another book, Fiction, Non-Fiction, fantasy, sci-fi etc and read it. I myself bring quite a few with me so I have something to do.
I thoroughly recommend Terry Pratchett, and in particular, Small Gods.

2 -Your Kitchen Needs

This one will not fuss you much if your in one of the halls where your food is provided via your uni card at the restaurants, but for those that are not so ‘lucky’, you’ll want to bring kitchen equipment. Pots, pans, knives, forks, Spoons are a start. Do not forget Chopping boards, colanders, baking tins. Trust me, when I got to the university, I suddenly realized I was really short on this stuff. So I had to go out and buy ALL OF IT. Just be wary of what your space will be like in the halls.

3 – Gizmos 

No, not the adorable Mugwai. (If you don’t know what that is… Look it up)
Laptops will really come in handy, if you have one, for taking notes. Other entertainment like music players of all kinds, and (shudder) Kindles. Do not also forget to bring gaming stations if you are a gamer. There will be space. I know I made space for it.  Just make sure you have insurance for them, which if you don’t, can easily and cheaply be bought from the university.

4 – Comfy Bedding stuff

Doesn’t matter where you are, your going to need this stuff. A big Duvet, pillows, blanket, towels for the bathroom, hand towels, wash bowl, soap, shampoo… Need I go on?

There are other little things you can get, like waste paper bins etc, but if ever you struggle to bring any of these things up with you, do not lose heart! There is an Argos not that far from the Uni, as well as many other stores to shop in.

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Quote of the Day

“Life Prevails”

Campus is so quiet

It’s so beautiful at the moment sitting by the lake at Uni.
At the time of writing I’m sat at the lake, preparing this blog as I watch all the ducks swim around.
It’s a bit precarious right now since it’s raining on and off, but right now it’s worth it.

It feels like I’m the last man on earth as most of the students have all gone home now.
I have one headphone in, and I have Vienna Teng – Recessional playing on my music player.

It’s nice to just sit here and not worry about anything, with my work all done and merely waiting to go home.

By the time this posts, I’ll have started my long journey home down south.
But it feels strange. For nearly a year this has been my home and to leave it, it feels strange.
I feel like crying at the possibility of not being here for 3 months.
It just doesn’t seem right.

Anywho, further up and further in, I must depart as it seems the rain is about to bore down upon me.

Quote of the day

“Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.” 
― George R.R. Martin

An Arduous Trip?

A hello to you all again!

Time is coming around fast before I must head back home,
Home to my family 250 miles down south.

It’s going to be an interesting journey, considering that I must move every single piece of furniture that I have acquired over my time here at the university from Edge Hill to Essex.

Not an easy job, I warrant you, But it is a job I will be preparing for over the next two weeks.

Before then, I have spent this past week working on Scripts and filming.

The once mentioned Doctor Who film I am making is in full progress, and quite an amount has been completed, ready for more filming in the new student year.

I hope to keep you all updated as I carry on!

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Quote of the Day

“And where will your little son sleep, John. Under the smoke stacks, Under the heap, Under the tent where the canopy leaks”

Need a Little Help?

As we can all be aware, University is a rollercoster of an experience. There are so many exciting things to do that sometimes you can be unaware of the additional help and guidance you can be given.

Well worry not! Whatever your problem is, be it an accommodation issue or a something to do with your finances, there are many people at hand who can be there to help you out.

Edge Hill University thankfully has the latest technology to help you out too.
Situated in the central part of the campus sits a library with wide and extensive features,  quoting a fabulous IT and study support facilities, 15,000 e-journals, over 150 online databases, 70,000 e-books and 230,000 books and DVDs. A brilliant amount for any Library to have. Included in the library are multiple silent study areas, just in case you want a place to sit in peace and quiet to finish your work.

There’s 24 hour PC access in the LINC building (situated right behind the library), completely free wireless internet across campus (which is currently being used to write this Blog) and teams to support students with a range of skills.

Since there is an increasingly competitive jobs market, there is a Careers Centre  on hand to lend you assistance in guidance towards your chosen career path, or in your current job. Along with that, the Student Services team provide advice and support and can help with anything from accommodation support and advice to finance and welfare advice. The aptly named Inclusive team are also on hand to support those with disabilities or learning difficulties.

 

No matter what your need is, there is a vast and extensive team of people and services ready at hand to be there for you and give you a hand.
Your not alone in your University experience and you can always have the chance to turn to someone.

Creative Edge!

 

 

 

I’d like to take a moment to talk about my place of work at Edge Hill University
I, of course, study Digital Animation SFX and that study takes place in the
newly created Creative Edge building.

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The building opened for use last September (2013) just as my first year began.
Not only is it the new home for Animation students, it is also the home of other
Media courses in the department, which includes Film Studies, advertising and computing. It is designed to provide for us state of the art suites of industry standard facilities.

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Available to us at the Creative Edge building is a beautiful set of  TV studios with the ability to broadcast and and full production capabilities for news, drama, documentary and experimental work. We have fully working recording studios with sound-editing suites (something that comes in handy from time to time in animation), animation studios (very, VERY handy for Animation students, obviously), a photography studio, a multimedia laboratory, as well as networking, forensics  and computer laboratories.

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The Creative Edge Building also provides a dedicated space on campus for many businesses who wish to recruit students for internships and forge links with academic staff through research and consultancy projects. Because of this we have many visitors around, watching us work and often in turn teaching us some of their own knowledge.
It is an invaluable place for us and is certainly preparing us for work later on after university

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Come over and see for yourself

— Thought of the Day —

“The very existence of flame-throwers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not close enough to get the job done.” – George Carlin

Student Life at Edge Hill University

As I have spoken many times before, I often have many methods of winding down at university.
It is only natural that after a long tiring day at the university, or even a free day, you’ll want to take a break from work.

For me, it can be a number of things.
From filming something or doing something Doctor Who related

Or sitting there making costumes and attending conventions

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There are of course many Societies that I am involved in. There is of course, the Murder Mystery Society, Doctor Who Society, Fantasy and Sci-Fi and so on

I also sometimes just like to sit with my friends in one of the booths upstairs in the hub and just relax
Our Work Space

It seems simple, but It’s something I like to enjoy

Of course from time to time, I do like to indulge in going on a night out, where upon there are many places you can go to, such as the insanely fabulous Lime Tyger in the heart of Ormskirk – a cocktail bar which now serves food!
If you would like a more foodie and healthier option, there is always Blue Juice and Java. Their smoothies are to die for!

As always, liverpool is but a mere train ride away, but as always, if all else fails there is always the comfort of the local Nom takeaway, the bar room, the Hub to relax, the nearby lake or quite simply, your nice lovely bed in your room to have a nice long nap

— Quote of the Day —

Only when you are willing to stand in the dark, are you ready to see the light

 

Off to Holiday and all things Random

Hello ladies, Gentlemen and fellow Orangutan’s
This is it, I’m finally off on holiday and going to bask in the sun, sea and sand.
Which means I’ll get horribly sun burnt, damp, and sand everywhere.
Am I the only one to bring half the beach home with me in my shoes?

I suppose I could have stayed at Edge Hill and gone to the University beach near Chancellors Court, but that would mean I could not go swimming (not that I can swim) nor would I be able to pay outrageous amounts for ice cream!

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As some of you may be aware, a phenomena began to occur earlier last month on social media websites, where women would be nominated by one of their friends to do post a picture of themselves, wearing absolute no make up what-so-ever and then nominate other female friends to do the same. This is was about raising awareness of Cancer and the ongoing quest to find a cure for it. People then donate £3 to Cancer Research UK by texting ‘BEAT’ to 70099. Men on the other hand had to put make up on, and after being tagged by my younger brother, I decided to go with it and dress up again.
Readers of this blog will know that I am no stranger to make up

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This charity holds a special place to my heart, after losing my best friend when I was 8 to Cancer and nearly losing my mother around the same time to cancer. Even now, my Grandfather suffers from cancer of the brain, and that in itself is inoperable.

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Thoughts of the Day

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing”

Semester Ending?

Hello again boys and girls!

It appears that semester two is soon going to be drawing to a close.
For those that do not understand what I mean by this, University years are split into three semesters. September to December is Semester one, January to April is semester two, and end of April to the end of  June is semester three.
It seems only yesterday that I started semester two, and to have it approach so rapidly was partially terrifying.
But, looking back on these blogs so far, I can see that I’ve actually achieved more then I thought.
I’ve made these blogs! I’ve attended so many different societies and I’ve helped out at a few events.
Just last weekend I took part in an open society event, where I performed in the Local Ormskirk park, helped set up stands (and take one down due to the weather), and generally help raise awareness for the day.
It was fun to say the least.
There were so many societies there to support.
I am just glad that I was lucky enough to be one of those involved in the whole thing.

On other notes, Some new films are coming out that I am eager to see.
If anyone should ever want to watch films while at Edge hill, they need only to go to the cinema we have on campus (although they show already long released films) and there are at least two to my memory in liverpool, which is but a 30 minute train ride away.
Anywho, please enjoy these trailers if you have not already seen them and I will bid thee a good day.

— THoughts —

“Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it, or learn from it”