Setting up your Console in Halls – Gaming at Edge Hill University [Part 1]

Connecting your console at EHU


Connecting your console at Edge Hill can seem complicated. The number one question that I hear is how to make X work with the network. So this blog hopefully will clear some information up on getting your Xbox, Wii, or PlayStation connected to the network. Before I continue I have to include this disclaimer:

I do not work for IT Services. If you break or use their network in any way that is against the terms and conditions they will be mad. Keep it fair and fast for all.


What halls can connect?

At the moment, not all halls across campus have access to the Ethernet network. This applies to older halls. For example Back, Main and Forest, you’re out of luck for a wired connection, we’ll discuss wireless options later.

Halls that are currently supported:

  • Chancellors Court
  • Founders Court
  • Graduates Court
  • Palatine Court
  • Woodland Court

You will also need an Ethernet cable the cheapest one will suffice, check these out.


Information you need before applying

It’s important to gather all the information you need before you submit your application, there are two pieces that are essential to apply to register your games console on campus: the MAC and the port number.

The port number can be found on the Ethernet ports in your room. Like this:

As for your mac address this is where it gets complex. Luckily the great people over at IT services have a guide for the most common systems, you can check it out here!


The final steps

Once you have your information and you are ready to apply you can follow the form here: https://servicedesk.edgehill.ac.uk/wssp/DetailWebFormNew.aspx?Webform=RegisterWiredConsole

Once submitted you should get an email about a new case being opened. They aim to register the console within 10 days but it is usually a lot sooner.

Once registered you can plug your console and start to play! Some ports may be locked down but in my experience it isn’t many. For technical minds the blocked ports I found were 25 (SMTP) and most of the Microsoft Remote Desktop ports.


A few more tips for wired connections:

  • Your bandwidth gets limited to 100mb/s, you wont notice it
  • You are on a different network from the regular network, things like Microsoft glass might not like this.
  • Don’t register your Computer as a Console. IT will be unhappy.
  • The console registration lasts for a year, that means you will need to do it again if you move back on campus.

That’s all I have for you on this blog but please stay tuned.

Part two will cover connecting consoles to WiFi and Gaming on a PC.

And if you want more free and great information email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!


 

Walking out the door – Getting ready to leave home for Edge Hill University

Walking out the door


Getting ready to leave home can be a daunting experience. Trust me, I am about to do it for the second time. University is a big step, not just for your education but for your life and independence too. An important part of getting yourself ready is thinking about how walking out the door of your house is going to affect yourself and those around you. It’s easy to think it will be easy to take that step but trust me it never is.


Related imagePacking is important. You cant really afford to arrive to your new home forgetting all your socks. Taking the time to figure out what you will need and what you can get in the shops will give you a lighter load on your back. Remember to plan according to your transport. You wont be able to take a lot of your essential liquids.


Image result for irish transportTransport is another aspect that you need to spend time planning and organising well in advance of leaving. I have wrote extensively about this in a blog that I will link down below. It is worth spending time deciding what is the best method of getting there. It could be plane or train, so check the link below.


Image result for goodbye waveGoodbyes are the hardest thing to prepare for. You can’t really get ready to say ‘see ya’ to someone you’ve spent most of your life with. And it’s not going to just be your family, but your friends. The best way I have found to help with this is to plan your first trip home before you leave.


Related Blogs:

Getting between home and Edge Hill University – Or how not to miss your flight

How to deal with missing home at Edge Hill – The awkward ‘goodbye’ hugs


So that’s all there is to it. If you plan and prepare you can make moving out as easy as possible for yourself.

And if you want more free and great information on any topic email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!

A-Level Results Day

Receiving your A-level results can be a stressful day for anybody. I remember that day for me a couple of years ago and nerves were flying everywhere! It might work differently for different courses or colleges, however I will share my experiences and try to give any advice that might help! If you have any questions/worries, feel free to comment below and I will do my best to answer!

1. Check UCAS before going into your college/sixth form.

I have always liked to have a good lie-in… so when people were waking up in the early hours of the morning I decided just to wake up a little bit later! Unless I happened to wake up earlier, I didn’t feel the need to rush to sixth form immediately to collect the results, as this would make me even more nervous. But obviously, this is a personal thing and going to collect your results as soon as you can may be the best thing for you! The main point however, is to check your UCAS account first. This is where you can see if you have gotten into your first choice university. This will put less pressure on you (hopefully) when you come to opening your results!

2. Think about where you want to open your results.

Do you mind if you find out your grades in the middle of rush and panic? Or do you prefer to find a quieter space with a family member? Maybe consider opening them once you have gotten back to the car! Whatever you do… stay calm and focus on yourself.

3. Life goes on.

If you do not receive what you expected or what you would have liked, that is OKAY. How can we celebrate achievements if we never get drawbacks right? Wherever your university or career path leads you, you will realise the importance of focusing on your next steps rather than dwelling on the past. Be resilient and be proud of your grades without comparing yourself to others.

I hope these few tips will make you feel more at ease. Don’t let anything or anyone dishearten you – you are brilliant! Most of all… GOOD LUCK!

Anna 🙂

How Edge Hill University actively Listens to Students – Feedback is the Breakfast of Champions


Edge Hill University is one of the best in the country at listening to its students and acting on its feedback. Whether it be on campus or on course the university always has an ear out for what you, the student, has to say. It’s important to understand how these channels of information operate and how you as a student can both get involved and use them to convey your messages.


Image result for student classroomStudents can get involved in their course by becoming student representatives to the board. For example, I am a representative on the Computing Science board. Members of course boards are able to attend meetings with the faculty and express concerns that their year group may be having in the course. It is a great way to get involved.


Union CloudEdge Hill also has an excellent students’ union. The union is run by students for students. They have a hand in all aspects of live on campus. Not only is there specific posts for officers within the union but their board includes student trustees who have a hand in relaying information from the student masses to the union in order to support and ensure that the best possible experience is had by all. The students union have stated in a recent email that they ‘want everything we do here to be shaped by our students, and our mission is to ensure that Edge Hill student voices are heard, valued and acted upon.’


Image result for campus life edge hillFinally the campus life team work around the clock with a team of 10 campus connectors and 2 campus communicators, all students, who manage the halls and ensure that all students have a peer to turn to. These students are able to give constant feedback to the team and relay information through the relevant channels about accommodation and student services available. This team is a integral part of student feedback on campus and once again EHU are leading the way.


If you want to learn more about the Edge Hill Students union and the work they do I suggest reading this blog about their work:

Edge Hill Students Union – More than a bar, shop and Subway.



That’s all from me, but if you want to find out more about EHU student services and how you might get involved in with them when you attend the university check out their amazing website here!

And if you want more free and great information email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!

Independence at Edge Hill University – Freedom is more than 4 AM Netflix

Independence At University

Independence At University


Independence at university is something that I know you will be looking forward to in the coming year. Doing what you want when you want is amazing. So being able to have a full tube of Pringles to yourself at five in the morning is well within your grasp but being independent is much further away. Growing up takes guts, and practice. Learning how to live and survive on your very own is a serious of falling flat on your face before you figure out how to ride the bike of life. I can’t help you with that, but I can give you a few tips to help you when you move to Edge Hill in September.


Start small. Lets take it from day 1 when you move in. Get settled and know your way around your room. Start mentally planning how you are going to take care of yourself. Is there anything you need to buy or bring with you? Make a list if it helps. Learn how to do laundry if you don’t already. Start cleaning your room every day. All of these are going to be essential when you live alone. Starting now, today, gives you a jump-start on everyone else around you. And don’t be afraid to mess up.


Your TimeMaking sure your time is managed well is essential to becoming independent. Remember all of those teachers who said “it’s your own time you’re wasting” ? Well they were kinda right. You need to make sure when you tell yourself you are doing something you do it. If your washing day is on Wednesday then do the washing on Wednesday. And again, if you want your Independence, then start today. Using your time well  means you get more done. Getting more done means you don’t rely on others. That makes you independent.


The Cash MoneyThe last piece of advice I can give you is budget. There are many ways you can go about this, and if you find one that works tell me about it please. Money is hard to come by and easier to lose so make sure you spend it well. You need to think about more than the usual costs. Set aside something for the unforeseen circumstance. Starting out this is hard, but getting a part-time job is a great way to help. Make sure you don’t abuse an overdraft. It is not free money no matter what your mate who is 600 pound deep tells you.


These are the three best tips I can give you. It is important that you give it your best every day when you come to university and understand that it gets easier. You might find yourself struggling with money one week and the washing machine the other but we’ve all been there and it gets easier. I can only wish you the best of luck. I’ve linked in a few more blogs below that you might find useful.

Edge Hill Laundrette – Doing your washing is loads of fun

Volunteering and Part-time Jobs


That’s all from me, but if you want to find out more about getting started at Edge Hill you can have a look at their website for information on any aspect of University life here.

And if you want more free and great information email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!

UCAS offers from Edge Hill University – No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.

I Choo Choo Choose Edge Hill

I Choo Choo Choose Edge Hill


Many of you will have started to receive all five of your offers now from universities up and down the country. It’s exciting, thrilling and mindbogglingly complicated looking through all of these different emails and letters promising the best student experience of them all. Before you start anything, think about this quote;

 

No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.

(1885 – 1945) U.S. Army general

 

Get out and visit the place before you even consider choosing the next 3, 4 or even more years of your life. A bus journey lasts a few hours, a mistake is a lot harder to live with. This blog will help you understand how you should go about choosing your experience for next year and what the different types of UCAS replies mean for you.


If you want to find out more about Open Days or Applicant Days at Edge Hill University you can read these blogs from myself and fellow blogger Rhiannon Thomas;

Edge Hill University Applicant Days – Seeing is believing

Open Days at Edge Hill

I recommend seeing as many universities as possible, but make sure Edge Hill is on your list. I promise that no university will compare to the friendly staff, amazing campus and brilliant people who you will meet at Edge Hill. If you don’t believe me then come and see for yourself. But it is important that you take time and look into the universities that you choose no matter what they end up being. Next, it’s onto your choices.


Understanding your UCAS choices


Firm ChoiceYour firm choice (Hopefully Edge Hill University) should be the university that you, all things going to plan, want to attend. It should be the place that you know you want to spend the next however many years of your life studying.

Don’t just pick an unconditional offer for this just because you can. Pick what you really want!

 


Your Insurance ChoiceIf you’re choosing an insurance, go for something with lower offer conditions. Make sure it’s somewhere you’d still be happy to go to though.
You can’t choose between your firm and insurance when you get your results, so make sure you’re happy with which is your firm and which is your insurance before you reply.

I recommend choosing an insurance choice, in case things don’t go to plan.


Relax, you're finished.

Finally, relax. You have just sorted out your choices and it’s time to stick by them. Don’t spend too long bragging about going to a TEF Gold university for too long though. Its time to start looking at accommodation and making plans to move in. You want to know where to get the best advice, tips and tricks for making all of that easier? Right here on Inside Edge.


That is all I can say about UCAS offers at Edge Hill. I hope you take my advice and visit on an applicant or open day at Edge Hill, and I hope you also understand the difference between your UCAS choices. If you want to find out more about deadlines, responses, and more for UCAS you can visit their website here.

And if you want more free and great information email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!

Firm & Insurance Decision Deadline

For many, making the final decision on UCAS of which universities are going to be your firm and insurance places is a difficult task. For some, it’s easy peasy. Others fall somewhere in between.

When I first began to look at my options for university, course content was one of the biggest aspects – I wanted to find just the right course that featured just the right modules. The BSc biology course had exactly what I was looking for – a mix of genetics and conservation – instantly making it one of a few in my shortlist. Looking back, I might’ve put less importance on the individual modules, and more on the general areas of the course – modules can change and so can your own interests and career aspirations. I switched from Biology over to Ecology & Conservation, before quickly changing to Genetics before 2nd year began.

There was another reason why Edge Hill was my firm choice, however. After attending an open day, I fell in love with the campus and felt a sense of familiarity from Ormskirk. After already strongly considering Edge Hill University, the open day cemented it in my mind that Edge Hill would be one of my two choices. Not only did the campus feel right, but the biosciences department also fulfilled my expectations – the facilities were clean and modern, and the welcome talk was… well, welcoming! Maybe you didn’t attend an open day but instead made it along to an applicant visit day? Although I didn’t make it to an applicant visit day when I was applying, I did help the biology department during one last year, so know that they are worth going to if you’re unsure in this decision.

Facilities
The Biosciences building at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk campus.

These factors combined with the realistic entry requirements pulled me towards choosing Edge Hill University as my firm place. If you have received all your offers by the 31st March, then May 4th will be the date that you need to make this decision by.

Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education

I’m currently beginning my second semester of my first year in Edge Hill University. Being in my 30s and only having a few GCSE qualifications to my name, I didn’t even believe it to be possible!

Around this time last year, and with my partner pregnant with my second child, I decided I wanted a career change. I wanted a job with better career prospects and hopefully more money. I searched round at potential jobs/career paths I would like but was met with the same answer over and over…I didn’t have the necessary qualifications. I left school over 17 years ago with a couple of GCSE ‘C’ grades to my name and had been working full time in a number of jobs since.

My first task was to find out what I would like to do for a living that would give me both job satisfaction and better career prospects. Next was to find out what qualifications etc. I’d need to get this job. Once I discovered that I’d really like a job being involved in marketing & advertising and I knew my C grade in GCSE Biology wasn’t going to be enough to get me my dream job, I had to look into how I could achieve the necessary qualifications.
University was the answer but the problem was I couldn’t start the course I wanted until I had a few more qualifications.

After searching for how to obtain these qualifications, and being met with answers that involved year/s studying or large sums of money, I came across Edge Hills Fastrack course. It was a 7 week intensive course starting in June that would give me the opportunity to attend University and my chosen course in September. It sounded too good to be true, and I was even more shocked to find out it was free of charge!

https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/courses/fastrack-preparation-for-higher-education/

This is the link to the Fastrack course for anyone who might be interested. I’ll post a new blog detailing my own experience of Fastrack for anyone who would like to know as to not bombard you with information now. I will say now though that taking this course was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

If you would like to know more or have any questions regarding Fastrack then feel free to ask.

Introducing me – A Primary Education student

Hello prospective students!

As this is my first blog post, I thought it is probably best to introduce myself! I am currently in my second year at Edge Hill University studying Primary Education with QTS. I hope I can give you an insight into the type of things I do as part of my course, as well as general university life.

 

 

How did I find out about Edge Hill University?

Before applying to Edge Hill, I knew I wanted to become a primary school teacher. However, I had no idea where I wanted to study it for three years. I remember the application process to be an overwhelming one as it was a new experience. I am so grateful for hearing about Edge Hill through the recommendation of my teachers and previous students. As it was voted The Times’ University of the Year when I applied, I realised that I wanted to find out more…with the help of student bloggers! I went to a LOT of open days and Edge Hill’s beautiful campus stood out by far (it even has its own beach). This, along with the lively and warm atmosphere, makes it easy to settle in and call Edge Hill home.

My Primary Education Course

Edge Hill’s Primary Education course appealed to me because you are able to specialise in chosen subjects. I decided to specialise in Science (as my major) and Art (as my minor). What does this mean exactly? It allows me to show my strengths as a teacher trainee, and develop the areas where I want to improve/ Either way, it will enhance my application when I apply for jobs and allows me to choose specific modules which I enjoy the most.

Primary Education is a hands-on and practical course which involves both independent learning and group efforts. Personally, my course has allowed me to become more confident in my teaching whilst on my placement last year. The creativity in my modules has given me exciting opportunities. From watching caterpillars evolve, to dissecting owl pellets in Science, it has been a memorable experience surrounded by supportive and enthusiastic people.

Work hard, play harder!

So, I know you might be thinking ‘does Ormskirk have any clubs?’ YES!!! Although Liverpool is only a 30-minute train ride away, most of my nights out stay in the town. For starters, Edge Hill has its own club and student bar with a variety of events that take place such as Karaoke, Social night, Bongo’s Bingo and Frat House. In town, places to visit include Alpine, Mustard and Styles (as well as many cocktail bars and pubs). Don’t panic…we have a Spoons too. The bottom line is, although Ormskirk is surrounded by countryside, there will always be something to do or somewhere to go!

Say hi!

Please comment if you would like me to expand on anything that you would like more information about. Whether it is regarding placement, accommodation or social life, please ask away!

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!