Week 1 of the EHU Residential

As we make our way into the second week of the residential, I thought I’d have a look back at the previous week.

Subjects on offer this week for prospective students were:

Advertising and Design; Animatio;, Creative Performance; Creative Writing; Dance; Drama; English Language; English Literature; Film and TV Production; History; Music; Musical Theatre; Public Relations; Social Sciences; Physical Activity – Physical Sciences; Sport & Physical Activity – Social Sciences.

Throughout the day, prospective students attended academic sessions based upon their chosen subject. These sessions are incredibly similar to what we as students would attend whilst at university, designed to give you a taster of studying at Edge Hill University.

In the evenings, there were a variety of activities for prospective students to try.

On Monday, the students downloaded an app called Actionbound* in order to complete a treasure hunt, around the campus. This was a great way of getting to know the university campus and its facilities, as well as finding out some interesting facts. I was very proud of my team for coming 2nd place, particularly as a result of their creativity!

On Day 2, students had the opportunity to sign up to a society at lunchtime, which they would experience that evening. Societies we offered on the evenings included, but were not limited to: Harry Potter, Murder Mystery, Just Dance and Circus Skills. We appreciate that societies aren’t for everyone, however, which is why some chose to spend their free time working on projects, or getting to know other students on the residential. Some students also opted to pay a £10 fee to use the gym for the week, and chose to go during this time.

Finally, the final night of the residential was Edge Fest, which included a barbecue, quiz and a festival-themed social. Students dressed up and had their faces painted in preparation. This was a fab night, and definitely the best.

If you’re going into Year 12 or your first year of college and aren’t sure whether university is right for you, the 4-day long residential is a brilliant way to get to know if university life is for you or not. Make sure to check out the website for more details.

Subjects on offer next week are:

Applied Health and Social Care; Biology; Business / Economics / Accountancy / Marketing; Computer Science; Geography; Geology; Law, Crimonology and Policing; Professional Health; Pscyhology; Teaching and Education (Early Years & Primary; Secondary).

*If you’re a trainee teacher, download this app! It’s fab.

Biosciences Cyprus Residential

About 8 weeks into my first year at university, then studying straight biology and not genetics, the year-group attended a week long residential in Cyprus. This was part of the module ‘Biology In Practice’ and included two assessed oral presentations. Although first year didn’t count towards my final degree mark, it was a vital time to adjust to university life and the type of work and assessments that we would face in the years to come.

We stayed in the village of Kritou Terra, in the Paphos province, and actually visited Paphos (which has been named one of the European Capitals of Culture 2017) during one of the days – we had free reign to explore the ruins, seafront, restaurants and shops. I also took this time to flex my novice photography muscles.

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We explored various aspects of the island’s ecology during the trip, primarily the variation between Cistus plants; as well as fire ecology – how forest fires influence the species composition of forests during years after a burn; invertebrate diversity (and how to use a key to identify them); and reptiles – particularly their thermoregulatory behaviour. The work we completed in assigned groups at Akamas Peninsula National Park on the Cistus genus was the topic of our first presentation and was our first rough look at what a scientific report should be composed of (we’d get a more detailed look later on in the module back home). The specific aspect of Cistus variation was also assigned to us.

After experiencing these topics, we then had the opportunity to choose our own groups and work on whichever topic we wished. This would be the subject of our second presentation, to be presented at the end of the trip. The group I was part of chose to head back to the mountainous slopes of Akamas Peninsula National Park and test the variation of Cistus some more.

Spending a week abroad, so soon after moving to uni and with a whole host of new people, was certainly daunting. But it was incredible. Not only did the experience give me insight into the years ahead, but what I think was more valuable was getting to know my coursemates (and lecturers). Working with them really helped cement friendships and put everyone at ease in the lab back in the UK. Overall, it was a wonderful trip; there was plenty of partying working, but that didn’t stop us having a great time.

(End note: Do not go out to social the night before the trip. You’re gonna have a bad time on the flight.)

Summer Residential: What is it?

A few weeks ago, Vicki talked about her experience of the summer residential. This is a 4-day, 3-night residential for Year 12 / First year college students who wish to attend a taster session of their chosen subject, and experience university life.

Although I did do a summer residential – an experience I would recommend to anyone – I didn’t attend the one that Edge Hill ran. If I’d have known that they offered one, I definitely would have done it, for a number of reasons.

  1. It gives you an opportunity to get a feel for the campus and make a real, informed decision that this is the university you want to attend
  2. It gives you an opportunity to try out the subject you’re thinking of studying at university. I know some people who attended a residential and completely changed their mind about the subject they wanted to study – which is just as important, if not more so, as finding out it definitely is the subject you want to learn more about.
  3. The Edge Hill residential offers you the opportunity to spend your 4 days finding out a bit more about one specific subject, more than what is in the course or module information.
  4. Last year, the students spent their time on a mini project, meaning you leave your 4 days at Edge Hill knowing more than you did before.
  5. From my own experience of a residential, I made friends that I still keep in contact with now, despite us attending different universities.

As well as spending time in your sessions, you will get an opportunity to mix with lots of different people during the evenings. Last year – when I worked during the residential as a Student Guide – we ran an activities evening, society & pizza night and Edge Fest. The first night – the activities night – was the only night that we strongly recommended everyone attend, whilst the others it was merely suggested that they might like to. However, most people were interested in attending the following nights, as society night gave them a bit more insight into university life, and the final night was just so enjoyable! The final night – Edge Fest – was my favourite, as this was when we had a barbecue and spent the evening in what is known as ‘The Quad’ at Edge Hill. We had a few student guides on facepainting, some on temporary tattoos and one of the student guides DJ’d the event, following a quiz. It was a wonderful end to a fabulous week.

To get onto the residential, you’ll need to write a mini personal statement and about your education history. As it is during the summer, you have to apply individually, rather than through your school. Places are limited, so I suggest applying soon, if you’re interested.