Fun things for students on campus!

Hey all, I hope you’re having a good week.

One of the main things that students look for when applying for a University is what they can do in their spare time, both on and off campus. Below is a link to a blog post by Eleanor Wilson about the night-life, but this post is going to be about what is specifically on campus and what you can do during the day on your days off!

Ormskirk night life

Sports

If you’re a fan of sports, Edge Hill’s sports centre is a fantastic place to spend your free time. If you fancied getting a group of friends together and renting out one of the courts to play badminton or football together there are spaces available, and you can even take part in the activities the centre organise for students, such as Yoga, Netball or Table Tennis. If this would be something you’d be interested in, I’ve linked the pages where the activity price list and the membership prices are explained:

Activities price list

Membership

As well as activities and such, if you wanted to simply use the gym facilities then they have some top-of-the-range equipment for your use!

Campus Life Activities

Campus Life are the campus team that makes sure students get the support they need whilst at University, but they also put on some really cool events!

Some of the past events that they’ve put on include Nature Walks to places such as the Formby Red Squirrel Reserve, Easter Egg hunts, and awareness events such as Food and Feminism. Below I’ve linked to the events page on the Campus Life Facebook page so that you can have a look at these events, both past and planned, for yourself!

https://www.facebook.com/pg/EHUCampusLife/events/?ref=page_internal

Theatre, Film, Dance and Music

The Arts Centre is personally one of my favourite places on campus, and I know that that might seem biased because I’m a Performing Arts student, but I’ll just let you in on a few reasons.

If you love theatre, the Arts Centre get some of the best shows around, they’ve had the likes of Reckless Sleepers, Elf Lyons and even screenings of the National Theatre’s latest productions. As well as Drama, there are also a lot of dance and music shows for you to check out if you enjoy them, and there are also the Open Mic Nights and Talent Shows that you can both watch or take part in!

As well as this, there are film screenings that you can go to, which I did a blog about recently:

https://blogs.edgehill.ac.uk/insideedge/2018/04/16/film-screenings-at-the-arts-centre/

So that was just a few things that you can do on campus for fun! If you wanted to know more or wanted to ask if something you enjoy is catered for, you can pop me a comment down below and I’ll reply as soon as I can!

Sports

With Christmas fast approaching and thoughts turning to how many pigs in blankets is an acceptable amount to eat? I thought I’d make my first ever post about…..sports!

Before coming to university my own physical activities were limited to walking the dog around the block. At 32, this lack of exercise was starting to show, although I still remained hopeful that Jurgen Klopp may be looking for a pot-bellied, slightly grey, inactive centre forward to spearhead his Liverpool attack.

During freshers week you get the opportunity to put your name down and join a whole variety of clubs and societies. I decided that I was going to try to take advantage of the wide range of sports clubs Edge Hill has on offer, and get involved in weekly sessions. The hardest part was choosing which sport to partake in with a whole host of clubs and teams to choose from; American football, badminton, cheerleading, cricket (indoor and outdoor), football, futsal, handball, hockey, netball, rugby league, rugby union, squash, swimming, table tennis, tennis, trampolining, and volleyball.

I chose badminton as I’d played a bit back in school, although that was over 17 years ago! Before my first session I have to admit to feeling slightly nervous, ‘What if I’m no good?’…’What if I’m seen as too old?’…’What if everyone’s already in groups of friends?’…..In the end I left my session thinking ‘What was I worried about!?’…Firstly regardless of ability everyone is welcome whether you want to try out for the team or just play for fun. Not once have I ever felt too old and everyone has been so welcoming and friendly. It’s become a great opportunity to meet new people who may not be on your course. The camaraderie of being part of this club is just as important as becoming active for me. I’ve even managed to get myself onto the mens 4th team…I’m putting that on my CV!!!

So I can now have as many pigs in blankets as I like this Christmas as I know I’ll be doing more than just half heartedly walking the dog…and can someone let Jurgen know that I’m unavailable Wednesdays as I have badminton matches.

 

Joseph Harrison

Edge Hill University Mens 4th team badminton player

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 🙂

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.

It’s Christmas Already???

So semester one has come to an end and Christmas is just around the corner. It is that time of year again to spend time with your family and friends and just earn that well deserved rest after the first 12 weeks of uni. Its been a shock to the system and my sleeping pattern, well, I don’t think I ever had one to begin with, never the less, I can honestly say it has been amazing experience so far. If you’re in the situation that I was in last year where you’re on the edge of coming to university, you will not regret your decision.

One of the greatest things about Edge Hill University would have to be the groups and societies that we all have at our fingertips. Have you ever wanted to try something new but not had the opportunity to do so? Well the great thing about this university is the diversity of societies it has to offer and if you can think of something, well, there is a high probability that it runs it.

From my experience, I was overwhelmed by the amount of choice there was to offer when I went to the freshers fair and saw all the clubs running, I mean come on… Harry Potter? No other devoted fan could refuse an offer like that. Having a Harry Potter marathon running over 24 hours also… That was a challenge one too difficult to refuse.

Sport is a large part of the groups that Edge Hill have to offer also and I personally think it is a great way to introduce and embrace yourself into campus life. Sport is an excellent way to make friends, keep healthy and enhance that CV to stand out from the pile. There is basketball, football, rugby, american football and even ultimate frisbee and that’s just a small amount that I can think of. If you can think of a sport or activity that you would like to participate in, Edge Hill has that opportunity.

Above is a video explaining about the new sports centre and even a gym.


If, like myself you prefer extra fries instead of exercise then fear no more because there are a33cf99f3208b4e4fb1af4b6bcd4d343many other societies available. From Harry to hockey there are a so many to choose from and something which I find amazing is the cultural and social aspect that each one has to offer. Come January I will probably find myself trying new things, meeting new people and in all honesty, aside from assignments, exams and beans on toast with a side of noodles, that is what I believe university to be about.

Any way, I hope you all have a fabulous Christmas and an Amazing New Year!!!!!

J. x