The Student Union Bar!

Hey all, I hope you’re doing well!

One of the great things about the Edge Hill campus is that the Edge Hill Student Union have a bar on campus! There’s many a different reason why the SU Bar is fantastic; the events they put on, the food they offer and the fact it’s on campus. So I thought I’d let you know some of the things it offers.

The Food

The SU Bar serve food throughout the day, so if you ever want to grab a meal between lessons, or even fancy a little something when you’re at one of the events, you can get all kinds of fantastic food- burgers, fries, nachos, and tasters like onion rings!

Pool

The SU Bar has two pool tables to kill your time, so if you’re a fan of pool, it’s always nice to have a game against a friend or two!

The Events

The SU Bar hold a variety of events, both regular and on special occasions. The regular events include:

  • Mondays: Pub Quiz- £1 per person, and you have a shot at a huge jackpot!
  • Wednesdays: Social- an event set up especially for the Uni students at Edge Hill. You can enjoy music and dancing, and maybe a few drinks. With an NUS card, entry is £3, without entry is £4.

  • Thursdays: Frat House- Edge Hill invites the Frat House team to put on nights to remember! They usually have a fancy dress theme, which you can take part in or opt out of, but if you click going on the facebook event page, you get £3 entry before 11, and if it’s your birthday, you also get free entry!

  • Fridays: Karaoke- free to come watch or take part in!

The SU Bar has also held the 2018 SU Drag Race, Bongos Bingo, and various special events for the holidays!

And all of this happens on campus! It’s especially perfect if you live on campus but want a night out, because it means you only have to walk for 5 minutes at the most to get home!

2nd Annual Pride Week 🌈

If you were at Edge Hill University last week, you might have noticed that it was Pride week. How would you have known, you ask? Why the main building being lit up in true rainbow fashion, of course! A great show of solidarity from the university, and with their continued support of all gender toilets and inclusivity it’s not without merit.

Last year was the first ever Pride week at Edge Hill University, before that, the LGBT+ students had usually headed over to Preston for their annual Pride event, lacking anything closer to home. This year saw the return of the pronoun workshop on Monday, a short educational event on how to ask someone’s pronouns and pronouns outside the binary of him/her. Also on Monday was the Student Union Bar quiz, featuring a bonus pride round.

Tuesday was a day for sports and societies to show their support for the LGBT community, with the Pride in Sport and Societies workshop on in the afternoon just before the BUCS sports teams signed the 2018 Pride Pledge, at the Team Edge Hill Forum. The BUCS teams all wore rainbow laces during their Wednesday games, making a visual statement of support to go alongside their signings the day before. Pride Social also saw a return in 2018 on Wednesday evening at Venue, with confetti cannons and rainbow face paint to boot.

On Thursday evening in the Hub, banners were made alongside the film, Pride, being played upstairs – right by the flags hanging proudly from the bridge to the SU Offices. This was of course in preparation for the Pride March that occurred on Friday at midday. Also on Friday, starting at 7pm, was the SU Drag Race, being presented and judged by Manchester’s own, Miss Blair.

Fear not if you missed the events of Pride Week, for, on March 15th, Venue is hosting “Milk”, the North West’s NEWEST LGBT+ Clubnight that promises drag acts and stilt walkers. Open not just to students but to all members of the LGBT+ community and friends.

The Benefits on Campus

Hey all! Hope you’re doing well and are having an enjoyable ending to your October.

One of the things that I loved about living on campus last year was the benefits that come with doing so. There are so many different amazing things about the campus that make it both excellent for studying, and also beautiful and calming during stressful times.

Edge Hill Library

The Edge Hill Library is an amazing asset to the University. Not only does it have any book or journal you could need for your work, but the help services there are amazing and the team work really hard to ensure you never have trouble with the services and your work. There are also rooms you can book out so that you can study with more focus. There are both group and individual study rooms available for booking so there’s something for both types of work.

I have done a post about the library before, which gives you more in depth details, and I have linked it below:

Edge Hill Library- The Font of all Knowledge

They are currently building a new and better library, so the future looks even more beneficial for the students of Edge Hill!

Edge Hill Sport

Edge Hill has wonderful sports facilities that are available to the students. The first thing on offer is the gym- there is some amazing equipment, and you can even create an account on the MyWellness app that the equipment links to to keep track of your progress and your normal exercise regimes, which is perfect for if you’re training! There is also a Swimming Pool, and courts in which you can play sports such as badminton and football. Anything you could want to do, sport-wise, the Edge Hill Sport centre has it all!

The Views

One of the amazing things about Edge Hill that a lot of other campuses don’t have, is that the campus is absolutely beautiful. From the two calming ponds, to the little beach that the campus has, in any weather the Edge Hill University campus is lovely to walk around, especially during the exam period or if you just need a break from life.

SU Bar and the Venue

Edge Hill has something every University needs- its own club! The Student Union Bar hosts all kind of fun events, including the Wednesday Social night, and the new Frat House event every Thursday, that has had guests like the Beast from the TV show the Chase, Kem from Love Island and next week we’ve even got Dappy coming to the event! The Freshers’ Week events also happen at the SU Bar, so it’s really the place to be!

Takeaway and Subway

One thing that every student loves is food… and we have the best places to go! Edge Hill has its own takeaway, which makes some amazing food, especially for if you want to treat yourself to some guilty pleasure food. We also just had the amazing addition of a Subway branch to our University!

These are just some of the many things that are great about being on or near the campus, there are so many more too! If you have any questions about anything in this post go ahead and pop me a comment below 🙂

Our First Pride Week! 🌈

As you may or may not have known, last week was Edge Hill’s first ever Pride week! I mentioned this last Wednesday on my previous post, but since then, the whole week has been and gone. The LGBT officer of the Edge Hill Student’s Union, Molly Houghton, has done a great job sorting out Pride week, and the SU have backed it up.

The rainbow on the Pride flag has a lot of symbolism behind it – each colour stripe has a different meaning. Each weekday was attributed a different colour, with Friday taking both indigo and violet.

Monday was Red, representing Life. To start off the week, the Bye Bye Bi-Erasure stall was run in the Hub to reduce the stigma surrounding bisexuality – which has long been subject to erasure and myths that bisexual people are “just greedy.” The stall featured a board dealing with what bi-erasure is, and a little game that asked you to guess famous celebrities sexualities, revealing that many who people assume are gay or straight are bisexual! (For example, Freddie Mercury, Drew Barrymore, Billie Joe Armstrong).

Tuesday was Orange, representing Healing. Another stall in the Hub was run, for LGBT+ Mental Health. As well as a Pronoun Workshop, run by the LGBT+ Society itself. The Mental Health Stall had a fun game to test your flag knowledge, to test if you know the most common LGBT+ flags and what gender identity/sexuality they represent (these were also the flags hanging from the stairs by the Student’s Union in the Hub). It also had a fact/myth board full of statements regarding mental health in LGBT+ individuals.  Later that day, in the lecture theatre in the tech hub, the LGBT+ Society ran a pronoun workshop that explained the relationship between gender and pronouns. The most common of which being he, she, and they.

Yellow was attributed to Wednesday, to represent Sunlight. On this day, Molly hosted sunflower planting outside the Hub! Anyone could come along and test out their green-fingers and try out some therapeutic gardening. Of course Wednesday is also the night of Social, which the SU made Pride-themed also.

On Thursday, the theme was Nature – owing itself to the colour Green. On the evening of this day, a sexual health workshop was run by Action For Trans Health. This workshop was run by trans people themselves, and really provided some key knowledge that isn’t taught in standard Sex Ed.

As mentioned earlier, Friday was host to two colours, indigo and violet – meaning it hosted the themes of Harmony and Spirit. This day hosted the first ever Pride March! A sense of solidarity was had by all as we marched with flags and chants around the university campus, finishing at the SU Bar, where some of us stayed for food and drinks. Later on that evening, Free Film Friday also presented a film relevant to the LGBT+ community – Rent. Although I had seen the recorded stage production before, I had never seen the film version, and it is both a heart-wrenching and heart-warming experience. Overall, the week was a successful first time for the university, and I hope to see the week expanding and improving as time goes by.

Snippit of my Experience

So everyone’s uni experiences are different so it would be unfair to say that certain things will or won’t happen to you! I can only tell you about my personal experience and hope that you enjoy your time at Edge Hill as much as I have so far!

Before I came to uni, as I don’t live too far away I was contemplating commuting to uni instead of living in halls. However I still applied to halls to keep my options open while I gave it come careful thought. I came to the conclusion that I would stay in halls for first year to meet more people and then commute during second and third year.

So by moving into halls I made some amazing friends that lived in the came cluster and accommodation (Forest Court) as me and looking back now it was definitely the best decision I could have made. I loved it that much that this year I am living in Ormskirk with the people I lived in halls with and I have also signed up to stay in the same house for my third year.

I also landed on my feet with my course, I really enjoy the subject content and find it extremely challenging. I have also made a few good friends on my course too, which is nice as it means that you can discuss lectures e.t.c with friends outside of the uni timetable.

I’d say that being sociable is a vital part of university and when you come you definitely need to throw yourself into this social scene to get the most out of you time! If like myself you are an introvert and do enjoy putting your pyjamas on and having a movie night, invite your housemates along- you’ll definitely have more of a laugh!

Not long now until you’ll be making your own uni experience.