Need a Little Help?

As we can all be aware, University is a rollercoster of an experience. There are so many exciting things to do that sometimes you can be unaware of the additional help and guidance you can be given.

Well worry not! Whatever your problem is, be it an accommodation issue or a something to do with your finances, there are many people at hand who can be there to help you out.

Edge Hill University thankfully has the latest technology to help you out too.
Situated in the central part of the campus sits a library with wide and extensive features,  quoting a fabulous IT and study support facilities, 15,000 e-journals, over 150 online databases, 70,000 e-books and 230,000 books and DVDs. A brilliant amount for any Library to have. Included in the library are multiple silent study areas, just in case you want a place to sit in peace and quiet to finish your work.

There’s 24 hour PC access in the LINC building (situated right behind the library), completely free wireless internet across campus (which is currently being used to write this Blog) and teams to support students with a range of skills.

Since there is an increasingly competitive jobs market, there is a Careers Centre  on hand to lend you assistance in guidance towards your chosen career path, or in your current job. Along with that, the Student Services team provide advice and support and can help with anything from accommodation support and advice to finance and welfare advice. The aptly named Inclusive team are also on hand to support those with disabilities or learning difficulties.

 

No matter what your need is, there is a vast and extensive team of people and services ready at hand to be there for you and give you a hand.
Your not alone in your University experience and you can always have the chance to turn to someone.

Creative Edge!

 

 

 

I’d like to take a moment to talk about my place of work at Edge Hill University
I, of course, study Digital Animation SFX and that study takes place in the
newly created Creative Edge building.

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The building opened for use last September (2013) just as my first year began.
Not only is it the new home for Animation students, it is also the home of other
Media courses in the department, which includes Film Studies, advertising and computing. It is designed to provide for us state of the art suites of industry standard facilities.

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Available to us at the Creative Edge building is a beautiful set of  TV studios with the ability to broadcast and and full production capabilities for news, drama, documentary and experimental work. We have fully working recording studios with sound-editing suites (something that comes in handy from time to time in animation), animation studios (very, VERY handy for Animation students, obviously), a photography studio, a multimedia laboratory, as well as networking, forensics  and computer laboratories.

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The Creative Edge Building also provides a dedicated space on campus for many businesses who wish to recruit students for internships and forge links with academic staff through research and consultancy projects. Because of this we have many visitors around, watching us work and often in turn teaching us some of their own knowledge.
It is an invaluable place for us and is certainly preparing us for work later on after university

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Come over and see for yourself

— Thought of the Day —

“The very existence of flame-throwers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not close enough to get the job done.” – George Carlin

Free Time and Student Life

The workload is heavy, but there’s also a lot of time to make friends and to have fun while at university. Here are fun things to get up to…

Societies

As an avid Harry Potter fan I have joined the Harry Potter society. I haven’t been able to attend every event, but they have hosted quizzes, wizard duels, potion lessons (or cocktail mixing, as it’s more commonly known), film screenings, and before the Christmas break they hosted a Yule Ball that ended with drinks in the SU bar.

City Centre

Being so close to Liverpool is great, and it’s always worth the short train ride if you want to go shopping. There are also museums and art galleries, and on hot days walking along the docks is really nice (and great for photos if you or your friends are photography-types).

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Walking back from the Tate art gallery my friend decided to take some photos…
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Me on a boat doing a bad Titanic impression

Night Life 

I really enjoy nights out and, although money is tight, as a student I still try to go out at least once a week. One of my favourite parts of any night out is ‘pre-drinks’. I meet up with my friends a couple of hours before we’re going out and we get ready together before playing drinking games and catching up.

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One of the most fun ways to spend your free time is by stepping out of your comfort zone and into the unknown. A couple of months ago I was heading home from uni looking forward to dinner and a film in bed when I got a call from a friend asking if I wanted to come with her to an art show….

Next thing I knew I was dressed as a fairy and posing with a unicorn...
Next thing I knew I was dressed as a fairy and posing with a unicorn…

Uni can be whatever you make it, and if you’re willing to try new things you’re sure to have a great time.

Oh, and the pictures came back from the ball that I blogged about last week and I feel the need to share everywhere the evidence that I can act civilised…

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Free Time

As a student, I get a fair bit of time off from actually having to be in university. For English Literature, I have timetabled classes for 12 hours a week. The rest of the time is dedicated to assignments and that huge pile of reading I have to do. But once all that is out of the way, there’s still enough time to have some fun.

Admittedly, I spend way too much time on the internet. But whenever I can tear myself away from that, I’m generally spending some quality time with my housemates and friends. We play a lot of board games; we have a whole cupboard full of them in our house. One of my favourites is Risk, and anyone who has played it knows that it’s a very long, intense game. We have been known to play for hours on end, sometimes until 3am, only to reconvene the next afternoon when we finally get up to finish it off.

Our latest game of Risk
Our latest game of Risk

Every Wednesday night, we head to the Stanley Gate pub for their weekly quiz night. There’s not often students there because, like our house, the pub is out in the countryside away from the main town, but it has been nice getting to know the locals this year and we always have a great evening.

The Stanley Gate pub
The Stanley Gate pub

If we fancy heading out to a bar, we love to spend an evening in Lime Tyger consuming a copious number cocktails. I’ve written a blog about why I love it there which you can read here.

Because we live a fair way away from the centre of town, it’s difficult to do things on campus which is a shame. Next year I’m renting a house much closer so I’d like to take advantage of the SU Bar more because I really like the food there (and the cheap drinks prices). Hopefully I’ll also be able to go to the on campus cinema more too.

Life in Campus and Off Campus Accommodation

Due to the fact I am now in my second year at Edge Hill University, I have now experienced living in both campus based and off campus based accommodation. Like most fresher’s last year I lived in on campus accommodation. At Edge Hill University the halls of residence are divided into:

  1. Main Halls
  2. Back Halls
  3. Forest Court
  4. Chancellors Court
  5. Founders and Graduates Court.

Some of these are catered, some are self-catered, some have en-suite bathrooms attached to the bedrooms and some have shared bathroom facilities. When I lived in halls of residence last year I lived in the Stanley which is part of the main (and much older) halls of residence. One of the best things about living in these halls was that I was on a catered package. This was when my university ID card allowed me to buy food and drink at the on campus catering outlets such as Sages in the Hub and the Rose Theater Bar in the Performing Arts Building (which became a favorite haunt of me and my friends in the evenings). Another great thing about my hall was that my bedroom was a lot bigger than I imagined it to be. Below is a video which shows you what the main halls are like inside. Also below is a photo of me in my room on Welcome Sunday (the day when all students living in halls of residence move in).

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That was last year, I am now currently living in a flat in Ormskirk with three of my friends (two girls and a guy). My room this year comes with an en-suite bathroom (consisting of a shower, toilet and sink) which I am definitely enjoying having as last year I had to share with the thirteen other people who were on my corridor in my halls of residence. 🙂