How to get to Edge Hill University from John Lennon Airport!

Hey everyone! Since our first open day is happening this month (15th June), I thought that it would be useful to tell you how I get from John Lennon Airport in Liverpool to Edge Hill University the most budget friendly way. As I know some people will be flying in to Liverpool for the open days, I hope that this will help reduce the stress of travelling.


Since starting at Edge Hill University, I have gotten used to the travelling it takes to actually get from the university to the airport and vice versa in the most money efficient way rather than spending £30+ on a taxi.

This is how I personally get to Edge Hill University;

  • Locate a bus that takes me to Liverpool South Parkway – this can be via the Liverpool One bus or if you are still unsure, there should be someone around to direct you to the correct bus, do not be afraid to ask!
  • Once I get to Liverpool South Parkway, I ask for a ticket to Ormskirk (where Edge Hill University is located).
  • I can then either change at Liverpool Central or Sandhills to get on a train that is going directly to Ormskirk. I would preferably get a train from Sandhills as when I change there to get the train to Ormskirk, I am already halfway there.
  • Once I arrive at Ormskirk train station, I either walk up to the campus or take the Edge Link bus at the bus station which, normally has a charge for non Edge Hill Students but, on some open days it is free.Image result for john lennon airport

 

I know that this may sound quite scary especially if you are like me and not very confident with train changes but it is the cheapest way of getting to Edge Hill University. And always remember that if you are unsure about where to go or what train to get/change to, do not hesitate to ask someone.

Alternatively, you can book a taxi from John Lennon Airport to the University or hire a car for the day but, like I said, this can be quite expensive.


I hope that some of you find this useful. I wish someone had told me how to get to the University from the airport when I first flew over as it would have saved a lot of confusion and detours…

Thanks for reading, Lauren x

“Dare to ask questions. There are answers to any question.”

-Lailah Gifty Akita-

Open Day at Edge Hill University!

If you’re like me and you like to know what you’re getting yourself into, then I highly advise registering for an Open Day at the universities you’re applying to. They can be very important when coming to decide what university is right for you and where you see yourself studying.

In today’s blog, I will be talking about how you can find the information you need about Open Days, planning ahead and where I think you should visit when you come to an Edge Hill Open Day!

Hope you enjoy!


Information is Key!

Finding out as much as you can about your university can be essential, especially if you need to plan out your day. You can find useful information about the Open Day on the university website as well as looking on their social media platforms where most universities are quite active.

These platforms will give you the information needed before coming to an Open Day such as when it is, what times and where you should visit. What I liked most about the Edge Hill University Instagram is that it often records places on campus so that you can have an idea of what you’re coming to see. They also keep me updated as to what is happening on campus, such as events during Open Day.

Plan Ahead!

I am the kind of person who likes to know what they are doing and when they are doing it. It makes life a whole lot smoother, trust me. Open Days can be rather overwhelming and exciting because of all the opportunities around you and the buzz in the atmosphere as you explore your new environment, and this is why planning ahead on your Open Day should be a major consideration. For example;

  • Arrive as early as you can – this will allow you to see as much as you can and get the best experience of the day.
  • Make a plan of what you really want to see first to avoid disappointment. However, our helpful guides will make sure that doesn’t happen.
  • If you are travelling as a group, it may be better to split up into a smaller group so you can cover more ground. I found that this was helpful as it meant that if there were two people who wanted to visit a certain spot on the campus and the other two wanted to visit somewhere else, we didn’t waste time walking around somewhere that was not related to the course.
  • Organise a tour guide as soon as you register. This will ensure that you are again, not wandering around aimlessly when you could be attending important information sessions or events. However, it is quite easy to lose track on our scenic campus…
  • Campus map! This is very self-explanatory but collecting one of these at the Open Day saved me from a lot of arguments about who turned the wrong direction. Trust me on this…use a map.

Additionally, if you are like me and have had to fly in to attend an Open Day, make sure that you arrive early enough at the beginning of the Open Day to avail of the events and have enough time to catch your flight if you are leaving the same day. This was what I was most concerned about when attending university Open Days across the water, not being able to have the time to see everything. However, in my experience, if you let the leaders or an organiser know your situation, they will try to ensure that you are able to visit all the places on campus that you want to.

Places to See!

  • Catalyst – I may be biased because I attend Edge Hill University and spend a great deal of time here, but I highly recommend visiting our shiny new catalyst building. Its modern feel makes studying and essay writing a much more relaxed experience with snacks and drinks available at the café, which will be open for Open Day!
  • Sports Centre – this is one of my favourite places on campus. It’s amazing facilities and classes makes exercise fun and inclusive. While you are there, why not take a walk around the track and field?
  • Accommodation blocks – I am really glad that I came to the Open Day, especially to have a closer look at the accommodation. It is not only important to see where you will be studying but to also see and feel where you could potentially be living. Select rooms at the accommodation blocks will be open for visitors to have a look around which is really vital when considering applying for the accommodation on campus.
  • The Hub – the name says it all. The Hub at Edge Hill University is the centre of the campus where you will see a lot of events and buzz about. We have our local convenient shop, eatery, Starbucks and places to meet up with friends. Also, it is a great base place on Open Day if you ever get separated from your family or friends.

My Experience of an Open Day!

When I first arrived at my Open Day at Edge Hill University, I was really surprised as to how many people were there to help you. As soon as I walked on to the campus, there was someone directing me to where I should go. This definitely calmed my nerves and helped me to focus more on what I wanted to see on campus and not about what would happen if I got lost…

I also made sure to attend as many talks as I could during Open Day, particularly if it was about my course that I had applied to do. This allowed me to have a much more in-depth understanding of what my course entailed. Hearing from other students on the course really helped my decision as I was able to listen to their own personal experiences of being on the course. Make sure you ask any questions or queries you have about the course!

I would also recommend that if you are travelling like me, bring an extra bag. You would be surprised how many information booklets you will collect that you didn’t even know you needed. You may even find that you pick up some other freebies along the way.

Extra Information You Will Need!

To book your place for an open day here, at Edge Hill University, follow this link to complete your online booking form and you will be ready to go! – https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/study/visit-us/open-days/

If you want to find out any further information like, where to find Edge Hill, visit our website! – https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/location/


I hope that you enjoyed this post and found it helps you for your future Open Day. Make sure to book your place and don’t hesitate to ask any questions!

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

 -Malcolm x-

Visiting Edge Hill as A Prospective Student

Hey guys, for this blog I’m going to talk about visiting Edge Hill as a prospective student what you can expect and what is available to you.

Chances are if you are looking at university as an option you have probably selected five universities to put down on your application, or maybe you are looking to change university, if you have selected Edge Hill, you might now be thinking about visiting the place soon to get a proper feel for it. So I’m just going to give you a few different pointers on when you can visit and what will be going on.

Applicant Visit Days: These vary in times and nature between courses but they are generally available to people who receive an offer that doesn’t require an interview or audition. Visit day’s are a good way to get a feel for your course specifically as they are tailored for it, with relevant tutors and subject taster sessions.

Open Days:  These are days where the whole campus is opened up to people to come see the inner workings of the university. People are given the chance to see the campus, the accommodation, as well as experience more course-related things like subject presentations.

Open day

Campus Tours: If like me you live further away, open days and applicant visit days may not be on at suitable times for you. So Edge Hill also offers the opportunity to visit for a campus tour. These are held every month with additional dates over February as well. Tours are another great way to look around the university, they offer the opportunity to be taken around the various facilities and areas by a guide, with a presentation on aspects like student finance and a Q&A to follow. Edge Hill also offers Ad Hoc campus tours which can be arranged for a time and date suitable to you if coming from abroad and can’t make any of the other dates.  These also offer the chance to be shown the campus by a guide, with viewings of some accommodations although these won’t be as in-depth as the usual campus tours, they are still a viable option.

Whatever you choose, just know that seeing any university including Edge Hill first hand will help make any decisions in the future a lot easier! I will include useful information links below and thanks for reading!

https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/study/visit-us/

Jordan

Open Days

Hey all, I hope you’re doing well.

If you’re looking at coming to Edge Hill, one of the best things to do is come to an Open Day so you can experience the campus and talk to who will be teaching you. We have a few different Open Days throughout the year, the next ones will be on:

  • Saturday 16th June 2018, 10am-3pm
  • Saturday 18th August 2018, 10am-3pm
  • Saturday 6th October 2018, 10am-3pm
  • Saturday 3rd November 2018, 10am-3pm
  • Saturday 24th November 2018, 10am-3pm

When you’re looking at Universities, the websites and prospectuses are your first port of call usually to get an idea of the course you’re interested in and what the University offers, but you can never truly get a real feel of some things. For example, I liked the look of the campus and the modules they offered on my course, but when I actually arrived on campus I fell in love with Edge Hill! The atmosphere and speaking to my teachers helped me realise that this was the University I wanted to go to.

So, if you’re able to make it to one of the Open Days, that’s great! However, I realise not everyone is able to. This isn’t a problem, don’t feel worried if you can’t make one, it’s always about what you need to help you with your application. But if you can’t and you’d still like to speak to your teachers, for example, you can get in touch with them through email. If you email the Course Enquiries team, they would be more than happy to put you in touch with the teachers: study@edgehill.ac.uk

Open Days at Edge Hill

Hey all, I hope you are doing well!

One of the ways in which you can get to know a University before you actually go to it is an Open Day. These can sometimes be tricky to get to, as there can be clashes with other open days, however, the great thing about Edge Hill is that they have several Open Days throughout the year. They also have Applicant Visit Days, in which if you hold an unconditional or conditional place you get invited to check out the campus and its facilities. But if you want to do this before you apply, then Open Days are perfect for you.

The next Open Days are listed below, and if you wish to apply, the links are there for you!

  • Saturday 16th June 2018, 10am-3pm – Book Now
  • Saturday 18th August 2018, 10am-3pm – Book Now
  • Saturday 6th October 2018, 10am-3pm – Book Now
  • Saturday 3rd November 2018, 10am-3pm – Book Now
  • Saturday 24th November 2018, 10am-3pm – Book Now

There are a few reasons that Open Days are a really good thing to go to before applying for a University:

  • See the campus: you get to see where you’ll be spending your years at University! You need to be sure that it’s a place you’ll be happy with. There are so many different types of campuses and places they are in; some campuses have the accommodation on campus (i.e. Edge Hill!), some have accommodation off campus, some are in cities, and some are in quieter towns! I personally don’t feel my happiest living in a big city all the time, as I come from a fairly quiet town. So Edge Hill, being in Ormskirk and also having on campus accommodation, was perfect for me.
  • See the facilities: University isn’t a breeze, I’m not going to lie to you about that one. You get what you put into it, and the thing that really helps? The facilities. You need to make sure that there are the right resources you’ll need to do your best and get the grades you deserve. By attending an open day, you can check these resources out in person!
  • Meet your prospective teachers: at Edge Hill Open Days, you get given a timetable so you can attend any talks that your prospective course’s teachers will be giving that day. The teachers also take time to talk to students about any questions that you have. So this is a perfect opportunity to get to know the people you’ll be getting taught by for 3+ years. It’s the same as with the campus and the facilities; you need to make sure you’ll be happy with the teachers you will be interacting with.
  • Info on applying- applying for University can be a little confusing. Sometimes the guidelines and requirements might seem like they’re written in a load of Uni jargon, so speaking with the teams within the University is a great idea. As well as the talks with your departments, Edge Hill organise for stands to be in the Hub with all the different teams there- such as the Accommodation Team, the Careers Team and the Wellbeing Team- so you can discuss anything that confuses you.

If you have any questions regarding the Open Days, feel free to drop me a comment!

Open Days at Edge Hill

When deciding if a uni is the right choice for you, open days can be a huge contributor. Universities and their staff will go out of their way to make sure you have a great time and see everything they have to offer in just one day. At some places, this can all feel a little forced and fake, but at Edge Hill, you feel like you’re home already.

A usual Open Day at Edge Hill will consist of pre-registering before hand, and then on arrival booking in and receiving a bag full of everything you will need for the day, including times for subject and general talks, a map of the campus, and most importantly, a pen!

The general talks will take you through a little bit of history of the uni, the values Edge Hill stands for, and what the uni has to offer you. More specialised talks also take place throughout the day in different departments, and then individual subjects, which gives you a chance to meet and interact with your future tutors and ask any burning questions you may have.

Student Helpers will also be around the campus, helping you to find where you need to be going and offering Campus Tours and Accommodation tours so you can see what life at Edge Hill will be like. On the Accommodation Tours there will be current (usually first year) students in their own accommodation waiting to show you round and answer any questions that haven’t yet been answered, or questions that are student specific, things that the lecturers won’t know, such as ‘how’s the night life?’ or ‘what’s the food on campus like?’ – the answer to both is very, very good!

Speaking of food, on your open day you will be treated to free food around virtually every corner, but with the bulk of it being in the Hub- hosting a massive buffet of lunch time snacks and drinks. During the summer months, there is also usually a free ice cream van which is great for eating whilst having a stroll around one of the two campus lakes, or taking to the campus beach to sit and enjoy.

Lastly, you’ll get to say hello to the famous campus ducks, and if you’re lucky, you might just spot one of the campus cats lurking around in the trees.

That’s all for now, I hope to see you at an upcoming Open Day soon!

Open Days at Edge Hill!

Hello all, hope you’re doing well!

It’s Open Day season for Edge Hill, as lots of you are probably thinking about where to go and are starting your UCAS applications. Open Days are the best way for you to get an idea of whether you like the University, the courses you are interested in and the accommodation.

An Edge Hill Open Day gives students an opportunity to look around the facilities and the buildings for what you are interested in. There are opportunities for buildings tours, and to ask students who are currently studying at the University to give you some insight into what it’s like to study the course you’re looking at and what it’s like to be a student at Edge Hill.

As well as this, you can also get campus and accommodation tours from our lovely Student Guides. The Student Guides are current Edge Hill students who are there to help you with any questions, and run the tours. These tours give you a better look at the campus and what’s here, and the accommodation tours are an excellent thing which I’d recommend any student who is looking at staying on campus should do. When I had an accommodation tour whilst I was looking at the University, I was interested in the cheapest accommodation- Back Halls- but I wanted to check if I felt like I could be happy there, as feeling settled is a huge help when it comes to study stress. And when I was taken to Back Halls I got to look at the kitchen, bathroom and rooms. It massively helped me make my decision.

There are also talks occurring throughout the day, both general welcome talks for the University and then subject specific talks in which you can meet your prospective teachers and ask them more questions about the course to get a better feel of what you would be expecting to learn and get from the course.

Our next open day is Saturday 2nd December 2017, from 10am-3pm.

We also have open days on Saturday 16th June 2018, from 10am-3pm and Saturday 18th August, 10am-3pm.

If you would like to book for one of these open days, click here!

Open Days and UCAS Decisions

If you’re thinking about going to an open day at Edge Hill but aren’t sure, I’d really suggest going! It might be a bit of a long way for some (as it was for me), but I can’t recommend the experience enough. Going to an open day was what made me decide to choose Edge Hill as my firm choice.

Before I went to the EHU open day, I already knew the course was a good option for me – it was definitely going to be one of my top five. Having looked at the undergraduate courses available on the Edge Hill website, I knew the modules in the biological sciences degrees were practically catered to my interests. Another factor of the biosciences courses that I found particularly useful was that of the common first year – all the biosciences degrees have the same modules in first year, meaning all first year students in the department get to know each other and share classes. More importantly, I could change my degree within the department at the end of first year, which I did… Twice!

Realising at the end of first year that I wanted to specialise rather than continue with straight biology (I’m not a fan of the human body stuff), I switched to the BSc Ecology and Conservation course. Then, after further consideration, I switched to BSc Genetics before my second year began. It was lucky that I managed to fit into the modules I wanted after switching course again so late, but the fact that I was allowed at all was extremely helpful for me.

However, what really sold Edge Hill to me, was coming here in person. Seeing the campus, meeting the students, listening to the lecturers. Experiencing Edge Hill (and Ormskirk) in person gave me all the insight I needed to rank it higher than the other universities I visited. The campus felt safe, looked beautiful, and was situated close to town, which in turn was close enough via train to the city. For me, that was perfect. Students I met were friendly and spoke highly of the university. Finally, the talks given by the department showed me just how much the lecturers cared for their discipline and wanted to share that knowledge, whilst making sure the students would prosper.

If you haven’t booked an open day place yet, find information on the available dates coming up in November and December here!

Improving Your CV at EHU

As I’m sure you’ve been told many times before, your CV is an important document, and making sure it is well fleshed out is part of what makes a good CV. Any volunteering or part time work will show commitment, as well as any skills you’ve picked up along the way. These could be specialised (relating to your job, like for instance, waiting tables) or generalised (things such as teamwork and responsibility). In any case, you should have numerous opportunities to further bolster your CV throughout your time at Edge Hill University.

The Careers Centre on campus, currently located in the Student Information Centre (SIC), can provide assistance in acquiring a part-time job in the surrounding areas whilst at university, through the use of lists of availabilities; insight into the best places and websites to check for openings; and interview tips. Additionally, they can also help with finding volunteer work. For example, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust have a centre called the Martin Mere Wetland Centre that accepts volunteers to assist with various aspects of their conservation work, from helping in the visitor centre to maintaining the grounds.

To make sure you get some basic help with CVs and future prospects, someone from the Careers Centre comes into a lecture once or twice a year, to provide that vital information. Then you can, of course, book an appointment with a Careers Advisers for a one to one, more personal, conversation about where your future is headed.

Accompanying the campus Careers Centre, there is the careers centre website. The website has many features, from “ask a question” where you can get feedback on your CV, amongst other things, to the lists of resources and opportunities – some of which are at Edge Hill themselves.

There are numerous opportunities at Edge Hill for part time work, I myself have worked for both the Money Advice Team and the Student Recruitment Team, as well as being part of the Student Casual Bank. Then there is also the chance to work on open days, applicant visit days, and giving campus tours to prospective students throughout the year.

In short, Edge Hill provides many ways to better yourself and have that show on your CV, whilst providing you with the tools to make sure your career is heading in the direction that you want it to.

 

Transport to, from and around Edge Hill

Hello all, Happy New Year! I hope you’ve all had a great start to the year and are enjoying a break from your colleges, sixth forms or other.

I’m sure one of the most important things to you is how you can travel to, from and around Edge Hill University. Before arriving to the Uni it was on the top of my list of stuff to know, as I’m the nervous type when travelling places!

Transport to and from Ormskirk

  • Ormskirk Train Station- there is a train station in the Ormskirk town centre which is very easily accessible. There are two platforms, so it’s a fairly small station, however this makes it less stressful when boarding your trains home for the first time! The train station has two exit ways, one of which is a short pathway to the bus station and the heart of the town centre.
Ormskirk Train Station
  • Ormskirk Bus Station- there is a bus station in the town centre, as I mentioned above, which again is small, however if your town offers buses to Ormskirk and it’s cheaper than trains it’s always an option! Here’s a link to a page which shows you the buses available and links to timetables: https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/sustainability/travel/bus/

Transport to and from Edge Hill University

  • Walking- thankfully, the University is only a short walk from the town centre! If you’re a fan of walking or the other transportation services are not running, it only takes roughly 10 minutes to walk back or into town, and it’s a straight road that you can follow and end up in the heart of the town centre.
  • Edge Link Bus- Edge Hill have one of the most useful transportation offers set in place: a free bus that runs between the University and the town centre! You just need to show the driver your Uni ID. This is incredibly helpful, as it means you don’t have to spend money on transport to and from doing your grocery shopping, work or any fun activities you might do! The bus currently stops at two places on campus- the Security hut which is at the very front of the Uni and by Creative Edge, which is close to the Chancellors Court accommodation- and stops at the bus station in Ormskirk. Here is a link to a page which has the current timetable for you to see what it’s like and info on things such as ticket prices if you forget your Uni ID: https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/sustainability/travel/edge-link/
Edge Link Bus
  • Taxi services- there are a couple of taxi services in Ormskirk which are always on hand to get you to and from the University if the bus isn’t running or you’re out late. It usually costs me £3 a trip, so it’s not too expensive, however I wouldn’t make a habit of taking taxis as it can add up!

How you arrive at Edge Hill in September or for Applicant Visit or Open Days if you choose to do so depends on where abouts you are coming from, however, I hope that this has given you a bit of insight into what is available around Ormskirk and the University so that you can make any enquiries into transport that you need to!

I hope you all have a wonderful day 🙂