Let The Catalysing Begin

On the 10th July 2018 at noon, The Catalyst opened its doors to the public. Although some parts are still off-limits and under construction, the library shelves seem to be fully stocked and kiosks up and running, with reservations standing by for collection! Despite being freshly opened to all, it appears that staff have set up shop in some of the new offices already – there’s a very open atmosphere to The Catalyst, with many walls being made of glass, allowing you to see who’s around and if private study rooms are available at a quick glance.

The middle floors of The Catalyst house the library portion of the building and seem like a lovely space to work, with walls of windows that let in natural light (and offer some nice views of campus), plenty of desk space, and an exquisite helical staircase that definitely needs a “please mind your head” sign stuck on it!

The top floor has a large private room, access to the not-quite-finished rooftop garden and walkway, and many, many computers and single desks. I really like the personal space offered by these rows of desks and feel like they might be the ones to go first during crunch time before deadlines!

Back on the ground floor, there’s also a work-in-progress space with a large desk, presumably for group work, as well as some adorable study nooks shaped like houses! Also, there’s a whole corridor of single-stall bathrooms, similar to some over in Creative Edge. I was very happy to find accessible toilets for people of any gender in such an important new building on campus.

If you haven’t made your way over to The Catalyst yet, I hope these pictures do it justice because it’s an amazingly spacious new building. I can’t wait to get some work done there!

5 Perfect Places to Study Around Campus!

Hello all!

Now that we’re well into January, Edge Hill has kicked into study mode! Various exams and assessments are occurring currently, so I thought what would be better than to show you the perfect places to study around campus, as I think Edge Hill is probably one of the best Universities in terms of the variety of study-suited areas for students, each with their own atmosphere and resources.

1) The Edge Hill Library

Edge Hill Library

This is probably my favourite place to study, for a variety of reasons:

  • The library has a variety of brilliant resources- endless books (two floors full!), Windows computers for those who don’t have a computer/laptop of their own or for if you just want a change of atmosphere, printers and photocopiers, quiet independent and group study rooms which are suitable for getting your head down and getting work done, laptops available for rent and (possibly my favourite thing…) a vending machine with stationary!
  • The library is open 24 hours for students, all you need is your Student ID card so that you can gain entry! This is great, because you know there is a place where you can study for long periods of time without worrying about having to move somewhere else when you’re on a roll with your work. It also means that if you particularly like to work in either a busy or quiet environment, you can choose to go study in the library when you know it’s usually busier or quieter once you get used to the general atmosphere throughout the day.
  • As I mentioned above, the library has a variety of independent and group study rooms available upon booking. The thing I love the most about these is that they mean you’re not sat in your room where the urge to procrastinate is insane, but you’re in your own room away from the possible distractions of other students. This is especially awesome for when you’re only available to study at a certain time, but you know the library will be busy and you like to have a quiet atmosphere.

Recently, the University just announced that a new library will be built as of 2017, something which I’m sure you’ll agree is an exciting development and will provide even better facilities for you and future studies! See the post on this here: https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/news/2016/12/new-year-sees-work-begin-exciting-campus-developments/

If you wish to read more about the facilities in the library and info on the resources available to students, click this link: https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/ls/learningspace/

2) Hale Hall

Hale Hall

Hale Hall isn’t strictly a study area in the way that the library is- there aren’t books and computers available for you- but I still love it just as much!

There are many comfortable sofas in Hale Hall and tables, as you can see above, and the atmosphere is perfect for quiet study. There are moments throughout the day where Hall Hale might be slightly busy, however, it is mostly quiet and although you are studying, the atmosphere doesn’t seem as tense as maybe a space designed strictly for studying, like the library, might feel. It just feels comfortable!

3) The Hub

The upstairs area of the Hub

The Hub is situated in the centre of the campus, so easily accessible to all! The Hub is mostly for students to grab food between lessons or for catered students to get their meals for the day, however there is an upstairs area that’s perfect for getting work and revision done. There are computers and a printer and photocopier available for any work you need them for, and although most of the seats available are fairly out in the open, there are some small booths which are better for getting more privacy to work quietly, with large touchscreen computers for your use.

4) The LINC Building

The LINC Building

The LINC building is situated very close to the library in the centre of the campus, so is also just as accessible as the library and the Hub!

One of the biggest reasons I like this building when I have to study or get coursework done is the fact that it has a large amount of computers accessible to students 24/7 as long as you have your student ID. It also has printers and photocopiers for your use too!

The atmosphere of this building is great for if you need to focus on your work, as it’s mostly quiet throughout the day, however, it can get busy at times due to there being so many computers for the use of students, so if you want to get work done I wouldn’t wait around!

Here’s a link to the University’s page on the LINC building for a bit more info: https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/ls/learningspace/linc/

5) Your room!

A room in the Back Halls accommodation

Of course, if you don’t like to study in places like the library or just find it easier to study in the environment of your own room, then why not?

Personally, I don’t find it so easy to study in my room as I get distracted too easy and procrastinate, but I do know that some people find it way easier to study in their own personal space so this is always an option for everyone! It also makes studying more appealing when it’s freezing or raining (typical Northern weather), as you can stay in in your pyjamas and slippers, have a coffee or two and power on through your work comfortably!

So, I hope this has given you some good tips and an idea of the kind of places available for studying at Edge Hill! Thank you for reading 🙂

Computers on Campus

When you start your degree, it’s more than likely that you’ll be using a computer a lot, whether that’s for research, writing essays or even just accessing emails and notifications from tutors. Edge Hill has hundreds of computers, most of which can be used whenever you need them.

Whenever I require the use of a computer on campus, the first place I normally check is the library. There are computers available on every floor, and of course working in the library is great if you also need access to books at the same time. The different floors with their different noise levels mean you can really find the right environment to suit your studying needs too.

The LINC (Learning Innovation Centre) also has a few computer rooms, and what’s especially great about the computers in the LINC is that they are accessible 24/7. This is definitely useful if you have a deadline coming up and you find yourself working really late, or if you’re just someone who likes to work during night hours.

The LINC computer room
The LINC computer room

The Hub also has its share of computers, mainly on the upper floor. However, with it being the centre of campus and where students spend a lot of time during the day, it’s always very busy in there and so not the best place to get work done if you need peace and quiet. That said, a bonus of using the computers in the Hub is that printing in there is absolutely free (thanks to the work of the SU a few years ago). Of course, you can print everywhere else on campus too and although you do have to pay it only costs a couple of pence per sheet at the most.

Most buildings around the university have their own computer rooms, although each building and department has its own rules about accessing these so it’s best to check first. Also, some of the halls on campus have rooms that come equipped with their own computers which is wonderful for getting work done in your own room.

And finally, everywhere on campus is covered by wifi so if you want to bring your own laptop to uni with you, or if you just want to access the internet on your phone, tablet etc, you can!