Driving to Edge Hill University – 400 miles in 8 hours [Part 3]

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We’re coming to the end of the 4 part blog series on driving from Ireland to England and its been fun sharing my experience with you over the last 4 weeks. I think before I sum up everything that happened in the few days of driving between here and there I should give you 3 more practical tips for driving itself. Just like last week they pretty much apply to any long drive that you undertake.


Related image1. Check your car

Long trips can be hard on a cars engine. Make sure you take spare fluids with you. Water, oil, windscreen fluid etc. When you stop off take a few moments to pop the bonnet and take a look. If you don’t know how to check, read your cars handbook.


Image result for traffic report2. Listen to the Traffic Reports

Traffic reports on the radio will give you a good idea on what is up ahead. You can use this knowledge to pick times to stop and have a break while letting the traffic clear ahead. Make sure you also have a look at roadworks and road closures on your route. Google Maps is good for this.


3. Use a good sat navImage result for sat nav

It might be your phone or a classic Sat Nav. Make sure you have something that is going to give you good, reliable and constant directions to where you need to go. I use my phone paired with Android Auto. It works well.


You can read PART 2 of this blog here:

Driving to Edge Hill University – 400 miles in 8 hours [Part 2]


That its everything for part three of this blog. I’ll post more on my trip with in depth photos and advice tonight in the last part of my blog. And please leave any questions you have for me below. You will get a personal response, fast.

And if you want more free and great information on any topic 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!

Importance Of Attending An Open Day

I’ve blogged before about open days and briefly mentioned how it cemented my decision to come and study at Edge Hill University. Now that open days are coming around again, with the first one of the year occurring on June 16th, I thought it time to delve into that a little bit more.

Before I even thought about attending open days, I first had to narrow my choice of university down from All Of Them to just Some Of Them. So, when I was first looking at universities, my process was to start at the top of the university league tables for my course, biology, at thecompleteuniversityguide (other league tables are available) and work my way down, pulling out the universities that were high on the list yet had entry requirements within my predicted range. Next, I looked at the courses in my field offered by these universities and selected the universities that had courses with modules that interested me. This narrowed down my pool of options down from A Lot to A Few – Edge Hill being on that list.

Edge Hill was already fairly high on my list, ranking definitely in the top five based on module options, general location, and rankings alone. What really pushed me to commit to choosing Edge Hill University as my firm choice was attending an open day. If you’re capable of visiting Edge Hill for an open day (or an applicant day if you’re already committed to applying to Edge Hill), then I’d highly recommend it.

Visiting Edge Hill University for an open day allowed me to interact with the department and students first-hand, both of which filled me with hope about the university. The department talk about the course and facilities really showed that they cared about the subject and the people working and studying in their school.

What also comforted me about Edge Hill was Ormskirk, it felt familiar to me despite being a new town far from home. With a direct line to Liverpool, just 30 minutes away, Ormskirk is situated so that it’s its own microcosm but still has access to the wider world via public transport – something that resonated with me upon visiting.

Places to Visit while at Uni

Although some people attending Edge Hill may be locals, and already know the way around Liverpool and the surrounding areas, there will be some people, who, like me, aren’t local at all and have never visited the area before. If that’s you, or you are local but are looking for inspiration on where to take a day out, then this list is for you.

1- Liverpool

At just a 30 minute train journey from Ormskirk, visiting Liverpool is a must. As someone whose only other big city experience before coming to uni was London, I didn’t really know what I was doing or where I was going when I first visited Liverpool, but I was presently surprised. Liverpool is essentially a smaller, friendlier London- complete with its own share of shops, theatres, and places to eat- not to mention its rich history in music.  And most importantly (for some!), lots of good places to enjoy a night out.

2- Blackpool

In the first flat I was in, I was lucky enough to be sharing with people who were locals, and had access to cars, which meant we got to take a lovely day trip to Blackpool one weekend. We did all the things you’re supposed to do when in a seaside town- we ate fish and chips, went in the biggest arcade we could find, and walked up and down the pier. As Blackpool is a big tourist destination, there are also other things on offer to do, and we decided to take the walk around Madame Tussaurd’s that afternoon, at only £10 each for us students! It was well worth the money and we all had a lot of fun.

3- Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre

Being on a Performing Arts course, I was naturally exposed to more theatre than most, but one of the venues that really stood out to me was Hope Mill. We visited twice in the year, once to see Pippin, and the other to see Little Women, both fantastic musicals. The theatre itself is always impeccably decorated and the bar is themed to the show that is taking place at that point in time. The bar area does amazing drinks and food, so even if you’re not into theatre, the you can still enjoy some time there.

Ormskirk night life

Hi everyone!

It’s not unknown that for many student’s, nightlife is an important factor when choosing a university. So today I thought I would tell you all about what is on offer here for Edge Hill students.

First of all, there is the Edge Hill student union bar which is open all day everyday for students and they host lots of amazing events such as Bongo’s bingo, karaoke, medication, and a pub quiz. At the weekend they also screen lots of sport on large screens for you to watch. Every Wednesday is Social where all the different societies get together and have an amazing night in our club, venue! Also, the sports centre at Edge Hill has lots of activities on at night for students as well as the general public such as fitness classes, trampolining and sports teams.

If you fancy venturing outside of campus then Ormskirk has lots of pubs an bars for you to visit. Alpine is your best bet if you fancy a cheap night out, Lime Tyger does amazing cocktails and Styles is great if you fancy a more chilled vibe.

If you’re feeling really adventurous then you can hop on the 30 minute train to Liverpool where you can visit the ODEON cinema, Ghetto golf as well as the many bars and restaurants around the concert square area.

Always remember, especially if you are drinking, to know your limits and always drink responsibly to ensure you have the best time possible!

Ellie 🙂

Edge Hill University Applicant Days – Seeing is believing


Edge Hill University applicant visit days are the reason that I am here today, blogging for this fantastic university. In February 2017 I made the trek across the sea to see what all the fuss was with Edge Hill. I did it mainly to meet a few friends of mine who were starting the university in September, and I honestly had no plans to move away from home and start a new life here in Ormskirk. That all changed on my applicant visit day. I want you to experience the same feeling I did when I first saw the campus and realized that I wanted to be here for the next 3 years. Here are three reasons why you should get on campus.


Image result for applicant day edge hill1. Experience the campus

The campus at EHU is one of the most beautiful in the country. Just seeing the modern buildings, scattered lakes and amazing views are just some of the sights to take in. I guarantee you will not find another university in the country as beautiful as EHU.


Image result for applicant day edge hill2. Get a look at your course

Getting to have a look at your course and meet your tutors will get you excited for university in general. But heading into what could be your classes next year will do the same, but for EHU. Every tutor is friendly and there to help you. Meeting them face to face is a great opportunity.


Related image3. Meet some of your new friends

I arrived on campus knowing nobody apart from one person I had met online. When I left the applicant day I had 30+ new facebook friends. The applicant day will show you just how many legends like yourself are on the way to EHU in the new year.



That’s all from me, but if you want to find out more about Edge Hill Applicant or Open days and how you might get involved in hosting them when you attend the university check out their amazing website here!

And if you want more free and great information 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!

Getting between home and Edge Hill University – Or how not to miss your flight

Plane landing at Dublin Airport


If you have never lived outside your country before then it can be daunting thinking about getting here for the first time. I had never even seen a plane before getting on EZ614 from Belfast to Liverpool last September. It is going to seem scary and daunting making that commute back and forth to visit home, friends and family. It might even be a deal breaker for some because of the stress, but if you follow the tips in this post you will find yourself home easier than you can say ‘ensure your drinks trays are in the upright position’.


Google Flights LOGO
Google Flights

First thing is first, let’s get those flights sorted. I’m going to deal mainly with booking flights in this post because I do not (yet!) have experience with the ferry between home and here. The closest airport to Edge Hill is Liverpool John Lennon. I use Google Flights to book trips.  It allows searching of multiple airports from one destination and gives you the best price from each airline. Helpfully, it also allows tracking of prices so you can see if they move up or down. It’s a must use for booking any flights, you can click the link above or simply Google your flight (i.e: Liverpool to Dublin).


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MerseyTravel

Ok so you have your flights booked. Lets talk about getting to them on time. I can’t speak for your own country as each public transport system is different and that is something that you will require some research (Google Maps is a good place to start). But once you have found your way to the airport on your end you will need to plan your trip to the university. The main travel service between Liverpool John Lennon and Edge Hill is MerseyTravel. You can’t miss their trains, they are big and yellow. I have found in my experience the best route to take is as follows:

 

  • 500/86A Bus to Liverpool South Parkway Train Station
  • MerseyRail Train to Liverpool Central Train Station
  • MerseyRail Train to Ormskirk
  • EL1 Bus to Edge Hill Uni

You can see how that looks on Google Maps by clicking Here!

If all else fails you can also get a taxi for around £30.


Airport Security
The big day

So you’ve done your planning. You have the flights booked and your plan ready on getting to the airport, and getting from the airport to your destination. If you have flown before great! Usual rules, turn up in good time and don’t pack anything silly that will get you in trouble. If you haven’t flown before then its time to listen up. Arrive early. Believe me you would rather spend half an hour around the duty-free shops against missing your flight. I recommend forty-five minutes before your gate closes (usually half an hour before your flight) so you can get through security and chill. And while we are on the subject of time, if you are of the legal age please don’t let the all-day pubs distract you. Again missing your flight is not worth it. If you are checking in bags, plan accordingly and take time into consideration. Also remember to check your flights boarding procedures, for example Ryan Air require a passport on ALL flights, where as EasyJet only require photoID on domestic flights. 100ml is the maximum amount of liquid in a bottle you can take on board also and no blades. You can see a general list of airport packing do’s and don’ts here!


So that’s all there is to it. Get your flights, plan out your day around it and make backups in case the trains decide to go on strike. It isn’t as hard as you might think and you can do it with the right mind-set and preparation. And remember if you do miss your flight it isn’t the end of the world. Liverpool is a busy airport check for other flights going out on the same day, you might get lucky!

For other travel query’s about getting to the university and for free advice about life at Edge Hill email think@edgehill.ac.uk

All the best,
Sean M – Edge Hill Student

Introducing me – A Primary Education student

Hello prospective students!

As this is my first blog post, I thought it is probably best to introduce myself! I am currently in my second year at Edge Hill University studying Primary Education with QTS. I hope I can give you an insight into the type of things I do as part of my course, as well as general university life.

 

 

How did I find out about Edge Hill University?

Before applying to Edge Hill, I knew I wanted to become a primary school teacher. However, I had no idea where I wanted to study it for three years. I remember the application process to be an overwhelming one as it was a new experience. I am so grateful for hearing about Edge Hill through the recommendation of my teachers and previous students. As it was voted The Times’ University of the Year when I applied, I realised that I wanted to find out more…with the help of student bloggers! I went to a LOT of open days and Edge Hill’s beautiful campus stood out by far (it even has its own beach). This, along with the lively and warm atmosphere, makes it easy to settle in and call Edge Hill home.

My Primary Education Course

Edge Hill’s Primary Education course appealed to me because you are able to specialise in chosen subjects. I decided to specialise in Science (as my major) and Art (as my minor). What does this mean exactly? It allows me to show my strengths as a teacher trainee, and develop the areas where I want to improve/ Either way, it will enhance my application when I apply for jobs and allows me to choose specific modules which I enjoy the most.

Primary Education is a hands-on and practical course which involves both independent learning and group efforts. Personally, my course has allowed me to become more confident in my teaching whilst on my placement last year. The creativity in my modules has given me exciting opportunities. From watching caterpillars evolve, to dissecting owl pellets in Science, it has been a memorable experience surrounded by supportive and enthusiastic people.

Work hard, play harder!

So, I know you might be thinking ‘does Ormskirk have any clubs?’ YES!!! Although Liverpool is only a 30-minute train ride away, most of my nights out stay in the town. For starters, Edge Hill has its own club and student bar with a variety of events that take place such as Karaoke, Social night, Bongo’s Bingo and Frat House. In town, places to visit include Alpine, Mustard and Styles (as well as many cocktail bars and pubs). Don’t panic…we have a Spoons too. The bottom line is, although Ormskirk is surrounded by countryside, there will always be something to do or somewhere to go!

Say hi!

Please comment if you would like me to expand on anything that you would like more information about. Whether it is regarding placement, accommodation or social life, please ask away!

Theatre in Liverpool and 96/27 Review!

Hey all! My last few posts have been around the topic of the performances you can see on campus at the lovely Arts Centre on Campus. I will link these below:

The Arts Centre Box Office and the Red Carpet Review!

Interview with the Red Carpet Cast: Employability and Edge Hill’s Future Opportunities

But one of the things I haven’t mentioned yet are the amazing opportunities within Liverpool to experience all kinds of the best and bravest theatre and music! There’s the Liverpool Empire Theatre, which hosts the likes of War Horse and Circus of Horrors, the Philharmonic Hall, which hosts the likes of Islands in the Stream and Jake Bugg, and even more. One of the best things about Edge Hill being close to Liverpool, a well known city in Britain, is that you get to involve yourself in this amazing culture.

Not only are there these shows for those interested in theatre, but there are also always some amazing independent performances going on too from local creatives. I had the chance to see one of these today, so I wanted to give you an idea of what is on offer. The performance I saw was Rachael Mutch’s 96/27; a harrowing account of the Hillsborough Disaster, its effects on the survivors and the media coverage, through the eyes of one of the survivors.

 

Mutch brilliantly used a mixture of video projection of the footage from the day the disaster happened and dialogue based on a real life experience of being in the standing area of the grounds where the awful crushing happened. The whole performance was very immersive; firstly, the performance took part in one of the changing rooms in the sports centre of the University of Liverpool, a very small space with astro turf on parts of the floor and scarves hanging from the hooks around the room, which made it feel very personal, everything Mutch said felt very direct and made the experiences she was explaining hit me ten times harder. There were moments were she would hand scarves to the audience or hold a hand, and the atmosphere this created and influenced was one of the strongest I’ve seen in a performance.

One of the things I loved so much about the performance was how it focused on not just what happened on 15th April 1989, but the media and its impact on the survivor, quoting and projecting some of the disrespectful things that were said about the Liverpool fans at the match and showing the anger the survivor feels at being portrayed in such a way across the UK. Mutch also focused on the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that followed the survivor she was giving a voice to and probably a lot of those who were caught in the events that took place that day, putting across the important message to the audience that, although these survivors weren’t physically hurt in the way that those who sadly died were, they were and might still be mentally suffering.

96/27 is an excellent biographical piece which focuses on a local event that took 27 years to get the justice for the victims that it deserved. Performances like this are what create much needed and important conversations in those who see them and in society. One of the amazing things about this particular performance, also, is that Mutch is a graduate of Edge Hill and actually developed this from her dissertation piece, so it goes to show that the work here at Edge Hill really does lead to amazing places.

Things I love and will miss about my experience at Edge Hill

This blog is going to be a little different, as it is my last ever blog – cry. I’ve had the best time at Edge Hill and I couldn’t recommend it more. Anyone who knows me knows that I find any excuse to big up my uni and the amazing time I’ve had there. But unfortunately, things must always end and as my graduate was five weeks ago (how has it gone that fast?!) It’s about time I entered the adult world, however reluctantly. So, before I pass the baton onto a newer, younger student, I’ll grace you with one last blog, giving you a list of all the things I have loved about my time at Edge Hill. Here it goes.

  1. First year weekly flat parties (‘Laverty Fridays’ as me and my friends would call them)
  2. The friendly lecturers – shout out to all the creative writing and English lit staff
  3. The beautiful campus
  4. Cobble (Best food/drink in Ormskirk)
  5. Liverpool nights out – even Popworld
  6. Crepes and Smoothies in the hub
  7. Drinking way too many Starbucks coffees (especially during Christmas)
  8. Making friends at the printers in the hub
  9. Froyo from Shake it up
  10. Marmaris Kebabs
  11. The ducks
  12. Chancellor’s court
  13. The swimming pool
  14. The long walks to uni in second year
  15. Living right next door to my friends in third year
  16. The arts centre
  17. Paninis from the hub
  18. Meal deals from McColl’s
  19. Karaoke night at the SU
  20. Friendly Ormskirk Taxi drivers
  21. Going for a drink in the SU whilst waiting for my clothes to wash
  22. Spoons
  23. Walking around campus late at night – because it’s actually safe!
  24. The huge kitchens in halls – the best place to practice my dance moves
  25. Being able to use ‘I’m a student’ as an excuse for most things

So, this is it. I hope you all enjoyed reading my blogs over the last few months and gained at least some knowledge from them. I’ll now leave you in the very capable hands of the other student bloggers (and hopefully some new faces come next year) as I galivant off into the sunset.

Thank you and goodbye *mic drop*

🙂

Liverpool is pretty cool

Hey all, hope you’re doing well!

After results day I know many of you will be preparing to make the move to Edge Hill in just under a month, and if you live far away then I’m sure you might not have much experience of both Ormskirk and the nearest big city; Liverpool!

I don’t live too far away, living in West Yorkshire, yet I had never been to Liverpool and didn’t know what to expect of the city. It’s safe to say it now definitely has a special place in my heart, and has so many great qualities to it that you’ll come to know and love over your time here at Edge Hill.

The monument outside of Liverpool’s China Town

There are many different things I can talk about in Liverpool, but I’ll start with the shops. It’s something many people love to do and something students get tempted to do with their student finance (but make sure you don’t spend it all!), and there are a whole load of great shops in Liverpool. Liverpool even has its own outdoor shopping centre- Liverpool One. To name just a few of the shops you might be interested in, there is a Lush shop, a Forever 21 and a huge Primark, various music shops and book shops, and almost any big name shop you could name.

As well as these shops, there are also a lot of food places. There’s something for more or less everything you could be craving: if you want junk food, there’s McDonalds, KFC and such, if you’re looking for something more interesting there’s a lovely Chinese restaurant I’ll gladly call my favourite named Tokyo, just a short walk away from the train stations, towards China Town. Not only do they do wonderful food there, but it’s also super cheap for the huge portions they give you! And if you’re not looking for food, there are the usual drinks shops, Starbucks and Costa to name two, and even places such as MooBoo, which sells amazing bubble tea.

The Town Hall when there was a Dreamworks event at Christmas

Even if you’re not looking to spend anything and just want a nice day out, the city centre is beautiful. It’s the kind of city than you can just wander around and check it out.

So whenever you do get the chance to go into Liverpool and do just that, I’d definitely take it!

I’ve linked below to my post about Ormskirk for if you want to also hear some info on the town most of you will be living in, and I hope you have a great day!

Ormskirk!