Getting more than you asked for… 😱

Hello! 

I thought I’d share with you a little adventure I/we went on today, and why this made me feel very grateful for being at Edge Hill University.

As part of the Primary Education with QTS course, you choose a major specialism e.g. English, Maths, Science or Modern Foreign Languages, then a minor e.g. any of the foundation subjects (EAL and SENd are also an option!).

I chose History as my minor specialism and today we all ventured down to Liverpool to undertake a very historical and informative trip.

We all really enjoyed today and it’s a nice break from all the academia.

While I walking around today I couldn’t help but think how amazing this course, and university, really is. To get the opportunity to learn about such amazing history, on a teaching course for one, but also all the other extra bits Edge Hill do to make this place stand out from the rest.

You can learn a language! 📖

There is a Language Centre on campus that provide various different opportunities for you to study a language. This can be with your course or as a module if you are based in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, or, like me you can attend evening classes. These are open to students, staff and public, but as a registered EHU student, you pay £0! An amazing opportunity to take advantage of while you’re here.

The Student Opportunity Fund! 💰

“You can apply for up to £2,000 to support a career-enhancing project, initiative or opportunity that will enrich your student experience and enable you to stand out in a competitive environment.”

I have recently joined a networking group (#SDGNetwork) that is paid for by the SOF and it allows a group of us to better understand the importance of sustainability, how we can live more sustainable but also how to teach this to pupils in primary schools. It is an amazing experience to be a part of and I can’t believe it is covered for us under this opportunity.

I will write about this network in the future, and if you are coming to Edge Hill as a student in September 2019, you will no doubt meet some of us in a lecture or seminar! Thanks for reading!

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Ormskirk – Home of Edge Hill

Edge Hill University is situated in the small but wonderful town of Ormskirk. As someone who has travelled quite the distance from home to be at uni, from a village just outside two small towns, I knew as soon as I stepped off the train in Ormskirk that I could feel at home here. Originally a market town, founded in 1286 with a charter granted by Edward I, Ormskirk has a way about it that makes you feel like you’ve lived there your entire life, even if you’re only visiting for the day, and despite being small, it has a constant buzz of life going through it (especially at night if you’re anywhere near Alpine!)

Education has been part of the town since 1614, and has played a big part in the education of women – being the first establishment of the kind to educate solely women (outside of the church) all the way back in 1885 when it was known as Edge Hill College. It wasn’t until 1959 that Edge Hill had any male students or staff on campus, and even then they were very much the minority.  Today, Edge Hill’s feminist history is something that is very much noted at the university, and the women still have the majority, with men being outnumbered 2:1.

Ormskirk is also famous for gingerbread, although nobody really seems to know where it originally came from, but the do know that it was being sold by the gingerbread women of Ormskirk as early as 1732, and is still sold and celebrated today by the  summer Gingerbread Festival and is used as an educational and commercial platform for the town.

Public transport routes around the uni are also wonderful for travelling around- without having to fork out for a taxi each time. The EdgeLink bus is an absolute saviour if you’ve done your weekly shop in town and can barely  carry it out of the trolly, as you can hop on it (for free!) at the bus station and it can take you up to the uni and back into town again every 20 minutes. Ormskirk also has a train station which has direct routes to both Liverpool and Preston, which are perfect for days out in the city or as links to further afield, such as going home for weekends.

That’s all for now, but if you would like to know more about the history of Ormskirk and the university, you can visit Ormskirk Bygone Times and the Edge Hill University website.

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.

Other Courses and why Psychology was the right one for me.

With the UCAS deadline rapidly approaching (January 15th is the deadline for applications for the majority of courses) I thought I’d reflect on the other courses I considered when applying to university.

History

My 1st choice of degree course for a long time (right the way through high school) was history. I’ve always been a history buff and got an A in it at GCSE and C at A-level. So I looked at the history courses at a number of universities including UCLAN (University of Central Lancashire), York, Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan and Bradford. But then I failed my AS history first time around and whilst my teacher let me re-sit, he did tell me I needed another choice (a plan b) of degree course when applying to university.

Archaeology 

This coincided with my love of History and I grew up watching the program Time Team (a group of archaeologists who go around the country digging up various sites of archaeological interest) so I looked at archaeology at UCLAN, York and both Manchester universities. However I decided it was not for me when I read the first few pages of an A-level textbook my dad bought me to help me decided whether it was really for me. Needless to say I wouldn’t have enjoyed being on my hands and knees digging up fields in all weathers.

Why Psychology?

This then brings me onto the course I of course ended up studying at degree level. Psychology. Psychology was the right course for me. I’ve widened my knowledge of psychology in terms of theory and research methodologies since starting at Edge Hill 2 1/2 years ago (almost) and more importantly my career choices are so much wider than if I’d done History or Archaeology because I’ve picked up skills like research skills, data analysis as well as enhanced my oral and written communication, time management, team work and organisation skills. All of which are prized by employers and if all goes according to plan I should be working full time this time next year 🙂

Anyway this is my last blog as a twenty year old (I turn twenty one on wednesday!) but in the meantime make sure the course your applying for is the right one for you. You don’t want to end up picking a course only to regret it later on.

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.

 

edge hill 1955
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.