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
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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”

 

 

 

My Favourite Place on Campus

Choosing my favourite place on campus was really hard because I honestly love a lot of places. All of the buildings at Edge Hill are so pretty that I kind of fell in love with the design of the campus the very first time I saw it. But I’ve decided to choose the place I have because of how useful it is to me, and that place is the LINC building (Learning Innovation Centre).

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The LINC provides students with 24/7 access to a computer room, which I have found incredibly useful. I find myself in there all the time, normally working on assignments during a spare few hours between lectures.  The university has recently developed a really handy tool where you can check online how many of the computers are being used in the LINC and library so students know where we’re more likely to find a free computer (if you’re interested you can see it here).

The LINC computer room, accessible 24/7
The LINC computer room, accessible 24/7

And here’s some more pictures of the LINC building taken with using not-so-brilliant photography skills – sorry!

 

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My Favourite Spot on Campus

If I was I was to be asked what my favourite spot on Campus would be, I would have to say that it is the Hub

Bizaare as it is to say, given that there are so many places to choose from.

There’s the Lake,
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the Beech, the Creative Edge
Or this lovely Spot
The Library!

But it is the Hub that is my favourite spot, by far, to be

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Ignore current decorations

It is where I spend most of my time when not in my room, or in lectures.
I can meet my friends, use the computers to work or sit and watch films/Television on the Big screen.
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It has a great social feel, and is somewhere I love to be, Just as I hope you will learn to love it when you do make your own way here

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So, We fellow students are burdened with the glorious purpose of voting next week for our New President of the Student Union, and Various Vice Presidents (as shown in one of y pictures)
Of course I will not discuss the candidates (for their are many) but I can say that around this time next year, you too will have to go through the same process, and it is a fabulous experience to listen from all the students running.

In other news, it is currently a state of heavy fog at edge hill (as seen in pictures) Which would be perfect to film a horror movie in, and has allowed me to take some amazing pictures

 

— — Thursday thought — —
“You may lose your way from time to time, but if you listen to your heart, you will always find your way back home”

— — Friday Thought — —
“Things never happen the same way twice.”

Hungry at Edge Hill?

It is a reasonable thought that at any given time in any day, you are going to be hungry.
Of course you have the option of having something at home if you are self catering, but what if your not? Or you just want to try something different?

Well, within the HUB, they offer a Starbucks, which serves some amazing coffee, A Grab & Go sandwich outlet with some succulent food and A traditional hot food servery offering traditional dishes, vegetarian options, live theatre cooking / cook to order, salads, soups and desserts.
There is also a McColls situated right near to the Starbucks, if you feel like just doing a bit of shopping.

Additionally, there is Bar area opposite the hub, with a shop next door similar to McColls.
Next to those three is a food outlet called Nom, which can serve you Pizza, Burgers and all manner of fast food for reasonable pricing.

The University also offers a cyber café in the Faculty of Education building which holds an excellent menu and lakeside view.

If however, none of these take your fancy, the nearby town of Ormskirk has many shopping outlets like Iceland, Tesco and Morrisons, as well as a McDonalds, Fish and Chip shops and a Dominos

So worry not, you’ll find something that will satisfy your hunger

— Thoughts of the Week —

“Have you ever had a dream, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?”

The Edge Hill Campus

Yesterday was my first day back after Christmas and, whilst I have enjoyed being lazy over the break, I was glad to get back into the routine.

Because I’m a joint-honours student, half of my modules are Creative Writing based, while the other half are film related and I have my Film lectures in the Creative Edge building. Creative Edge is by far my favourite building on campus and as well as lecture halls it houses Animation, Radio and Photography studios and quite a few labs and editing suites. Although I’m not studying the practical side of Film it really feels like a Media haven to me. I’m a sucker for modern design and the whole building is really minimalistic and sleek with massive windows and a glass-box lift.

The building that I spend the most time in is definitely the Learning Innovation Centre, or ‘LINC’. The building’s full of computers so I spend most of my time here when I have essays due or if I have a big gap in between lectures and want to get my notes typed up. I find it a lot easier to concentrate when doing work in the LINC than I do at home and luckily it is open 24/7. It’s also nice to be able to pop to Starbucks for a coffee during an essay.

I have a terrible sense of direction and my biggest fear before I started at Edge Hill was getting lost around the campus. There are rectangular signs all over the place which give directions to nearby buildings and these were really helpful when I knew the general direction that I was supposed to be going in but couldn’t find the exact building. For all the times that I wasn’t even sure of which direction to head in (which was quite often in the first week) there were giant maps dotted about. I still occasionally use them when I’m looking for somewhere that I haven’t been before. I’m generally an indoor person, but EHU does have some really nice outdoor areas. The lake is lovely and always full of very vocal ducks who like to explore the campus. I know that a lot of people’s minds are made up when they see the Edge Hill campus for the first time and I don’t blame them. Edge Hill doesn’t have the biggest campus, but still manages to have all the essentials, as well as a lot of extras like shops, a bar, and a theatre. And if I can find my way around anyone can.

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