Become a student blogger on Hi!

Have you started your course at Edge Hill University? Are you interested in becoming a blogger on the Hi website and sharing your experiences with future students?

I am looking for current Edge Hill students to become actively involved by writing a short, regular blog of their experiences at University and by taking part in the discussion forums on the site. There will also be opportunities to write and produce your own content for the site and to get involved with other social networking sites.

You need to be enthusiastic and friendly, with lots to talk about. You will also need to have good communication and organisational skills. It would also be helpful if you have some knowledge or experience of writing blogs and/or using a range of social networking sites.

If you are interested in applying please email me at: hi@edgehill.ac.uk for an application form. Applications will only be accepted from current Edge Hill students.

I look forward to hearing from you

Jo

Less than 6 weeks to go….

With just a few weeks to go until you start at Edge Hill, I thought it would be useful to tell you about some dates and other important information.

Residential Students
If you will be moving into on-campus Halls of Residence, you will collect your keys and enrol on Sunday 19th September (Welcome Sunday)

Commuting Students
If you are commuting from home or living off-campus Freshers’ Week starts on Monday 20th September.

Enrolment Dates for Undergraduate, Commuting Students

Social Work – Wednesday 1st September 2010, Wilson Centre

Midwifery, Nursing & ODP (Ormskirk) – Wednesday 15th September, Wilson Centre

ODP (Manchester), Paramedic Practice – Wednesday 15th September, Armstrong House in Manchester

Early Years, Primary, Key Stage 2/3 & Secondary with QTS – Friday 17th September, Wilson Centre

All Faculty of Arts & Sciences undergraduates – During the week commencing 20th September

Remember these dates only apply for students who are NOT living on-campus.

If I haven’t listed your date specifically it’s because we will be sending you a timetable of activities in the next few weeks and this will include your enrolment date and time.

On or just after A-Level results day (Thursday 19th August) we will send out a pack of information with everything you need to know about enrolment and Freshers’ Week.

For students within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, I will send out a separate Freshers’ Week Timetable in early September and these will also be available on this website.

If you have any questions at all you can email via the Ask Us form on this site.

You may also like to visit our Clearing website for further information about this.

Good luck with your exam results and we look forward to seeing you in September!

Jo

Student Finance Update

Hello

I hope you are all starting to get excited about starting at Edge Hill in September. I just wanted to post a quick blog to pass on some important information about Student Finance applications. The deadline for new students applying for full-time support this year is Friday 25th June. If you don’t apply in time – supplying all the evidence we have asked for – you may not receive your money at the start of term.

The applications are not handled by the University but by Student Finance England who provide help and information online through a specific frequently asked questions page for full-time students.

There is also lots of information available for part-time students and for parents and partners of students on the Directgov website.

Edge Hill Scholarships

The deadline for applying for the Edge Hill Excellence Scholarships is also Friday 25th June 2010. If you are a sportsperson, a performer, an active volunteer or you possess creative talents you should definitely try applying for a scholarship which is worth up to £2,000.

You can apply regardless of your chosen degree subject, allowing you to gain some recognition for achievements in your spare time. Visit the website to find out more and download an application form.

Edge Hill Bursary
If you will be a full-time undergraduate or PGCE student and you qualify for one of the bursaries from Edge Hill, these are awarded to you automatically. The financial information is gathered from your main student finance application and then you will receive any additional funding automatically – you do not need to apply separately.

If you would like to find out more information about the Edge Hill specific bursaries you can visit our website:

Full-time Undergraduate Students

Full-time PGCE Students

So the message is, get your Student Finance application in before 25th June, if you haven’t done it already and check out the Edge Hill Scholarships because if you don’t apply you’ll never know!

Jo

Freshers’ 2009

I realise that now is the time when all of you are starting to wonder when your course will start and what will happen during Freshers’ Week. I’ve written this blog to give you all some of the essential bits you need to know.

All Social Work students – Enrol on Tuesday 1st September 2009

Students moving into Halls of Residence

Welcome Sunday – 20th September 2009
This day is for students who will be living on campus in Halls of Residence to collect your keys and enrol on your course. To reduce queuing times key collection and enrolment is done alphabetically by surname in timed slots. These times will be in your Welcome booklet which you will receive shortly. The Students’ Union also have some activities planned for Welcome Sunday so feel free to come along even if you’re not living on-campus.

Students living off-campus or commuting from home

Nursing, Midwifery, ODP and Paramedic Practice Enrolment
Thursday 17th September
This day is for non-residential students only. You will be sent more details nearer the time but remember that this date is before Freshers’ Week starts.

Early Years, Primary, Key Stage 2/3 and Secondary Education Enrolment Friday 18th September
This day is for non-residential students only. You will be sent more details nearer the time but remember that this date is before Freshers’ Week starts.

Faculty of Arts and Sciences Enrolment
Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd September
These days are for non-residential students only. You will receive further details nearer the time with your exact enrolment date and time, these dates are during Freshers’ Week.

All students
Freshers’ Week – Monday 21st – Friday 25th SeptemberThis is a week of activities organised by your course leaders, department and the Students’ Union to get you started with your course and student life. There are lots of activities taking place and you must ensure that you attend all those organised by your department.

What happens next?
Starting from Thursday 20th August, I will be sending out your Welcome Booklet which contains the essential information for enrolment, please read this booklet carefully to make sure you bring everything you need. The booklets are colour coded by Faculty as follows:

Faculty of Arts and Sciences – Purple
Faculty of Education – Blue
Faculty of Health – Red/Pink

Along with these booklets you will receive a confirmation letter from Admissions that you have got your place on the course, a booklet from Student Services with some forms to complete and return and the Students’ Union Guide to Freshers’ Week.

Faculty of Health and Faculty of Education students will be told when and where to enrol in their Welcome booklet.

Faculty of Arts and Sciences students will receive an additional booklet from their Department during the week commencing 31st August with details of their enrolment dates and times and also all the activities planned for Freshers’ Week.

All booklets and information will also be available on this website in PDF format for you to view and/or download

We look forward to seeing all of you in September, if you have any questions after reading this please don’t hesitate to email me.

Jo

The summer is coming!!

Hooray, the days are getting longer and the summer’s almost here; let’s hope that this year we actually get something we can call a summer.

If you would like a break from your revision and you haven’t yet had a look round the campus, come and visit us for a tour. The next campus tour date is:

Wednesday 3rd June at 2pm – this is a drop-in, no need to book, just come to Main Reception to start the tour.

Our next big Open Day is on Wednesday 24th June, 2pm – 8pm; you can book yourself a place online.

If you are an applicant for 2009 entry and you have any questions about your application, course or Edge Hill in general, you can contact the University by using the Ask Us online enquiry form and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Good luck to all of you who will be sitting exams in the next six weeks, don’t worry they will soon be over and you can start looking forward to going to university.

Jo

It’s Make Your Mind Up Time

Hopefully, by now, most of you will have received a reply to your UCAS applications and now it’s time to decide which university you want to go to.

You’ve made your application, you’ve visited the University, you’ve chatted to students and tutors and you’ve been made an offer – now it’s decision time.

You need to let UCAS know which two universities you would like to put down as your Firm and Insurance choice and you must do this before 5th May 2009 which is in less than 2 weeks.

If you are still waiting for a reply to an application, don’t panic, this deadline is for students who received all their replies before 31st March 2009. You can view all the UCAS deadlines on their website.

Visit Us

We are running a series of general campus tours next week, from Monday 27th April – Friday 1st May at 2pm each day. There is no need to book just turn up at our main reception at 2pm on any of these days and a student guide will show you around, this tour is not guaranteed to include halls of residence as we still have students living on-campus.

Have you got any unanswered questions about studying at Edge Hill or maybe you haven’t had a chance to come and have a look round yet? Do you need a few more specifics about your course or would you like to know what it’s like to live here as a student? Whatever questions or worries you’ve got, we can help you. Either log onto the Forum  and ask your questions there or email us directly by using the Ask Us button.

So don’t delay, reply today!

60 seconds with…John Cater

Hi there,

The Hi site is getting somewhat of a makeover at the moment – lots of current features being updated and new fresh features being added.

My blog will act as a space for the hotly anticipated 60 seconds with… feature in which, you guessed it, I spend 60 seconds talking to a member of staff here at Edge Hill to find out a little bit more about them.

This week, we’ve got none other than Vice Chancellor John Cater, who reveals a heroic side from his youth, and a disdain for boredom…

Enjoy!

Charlotte

60 seconds with…John Cater

CT: What is your role at Edge Hill and how long have you worked here?

JC: Vice-Chancellor; since childhood (almost 29 years). 

CT: Describe a typical working day

JC: There isn’t one. The job divides in three – externality (I’m in London at least 4-5 days a month); internal leadership (in case you’ve not noticed!); and interfacing with governance. The one constant is 140 emails – even with a good spam filter.

CT: What do you do in your spare time?

JC: Apart from emails? Mediocre cricket, geriatric squash, appalling golf – all diminished by age and a detaching deltoid. I also get to the gym regularly (once in May, once in June, once in July…). I’m also congenitally required to read a newspaper every day.

CT: What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

JC: Be yourself. Don’t let your job be you.

CT: What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?

JC: Where’s the pillow?

CT: Who would you like to see playing you if a film was made of your life and why?

JC: Penelope Cruz – unless you have a better idea for arranging an introduction.

CT: What scares you most?

JC: Death.

CT: What’s your favourite memory?

JC: If I answer that, you can’t print it!

CT: What music would you choose as the theme tune to your life?

JC: No theme tunes, but some lyrics live long in the mind.

CT: If you could only eat one type of food for the rest of your life what would it be?

JC: Italian – with a light red and the right company.

CT: When you were a child what did you want to be when you grew up?

JC: A professional cricketer – though my bubble was soon burst at county nets as a junior. And I probably still enjoy being a University academic and teacher more than an administrator or a manager.

CT: If you were stranded on a desert island who would you most like to be stranded with?

JC: Hopefully someone somewhere knows the answer to this!

CT: What frustrates you most in life?

JC: Bureaucracy, dishonesty, boredom, constant negativity.

CT: What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?

JC: Don’t know – you just react to a situation. From teenage years, I can still picture dragging a man through the window and out of an upturned car. I just hope he wanted to go.

CT: Who do you most admire and why?

JC: Not sure I do admiration – and if I do the answers are predictable.

CT: Which football team do you support?

JC: This is sad. I believe your sporting allegiances emerge from the womb. I was born in Northampton and spend my life teetering on the edge of the Vauxhall Conference. Or shouting for the rugby union side (appearances one – on a Sunday, in a friendly, opening a clubhouse. End of career.).

CT: What is your favourite TV programme?

JC: Any sport – particularly rugby union.

CT: Do you have ay pets? If so, what?

JC: Does Steve Igoe (Pro-Vice Chancellor) count?

CT: Where did you last go on holiday?

JC: I spent twelve days in the States in February.

CT: If the world were to end tomorrow, what would you do today?

JC: Try Mars? Answer emails? Or spend the day with the people that matter?

Dates for your Diary…

A big Hi from me

I’m the new Applicant Communications Officer so please feel free to drop me a line if you’ve got any queries about applying to Edge Hill. In the meantime I thought I’d post some updated information about the Hi site and our forthcoming events.

Hi Site

We’ve got some fantastic student bloggers on the Hi site, who all work very hard to bring the latest news about what’s happening at the University and the surrounding areas to new applicants.

You can also visit our Forum area to talk to other applicants and chat to current students for more information about Edge Hill.

Open Days

We had a really successful Open Day last Saturday (11th October), but there’s still chance to visit us if you missed out. The other dates for this year are:

Saturday 22nd November 2008  11am-4pm

Saturday 28th March 2009  11am-4pm

Wednesday 24th June 2009  2-8pm

Saturday 15th August 2009 11am-4pm

Education Open Evenings

As Edge Hill is the largest provider of Initial Teacher Training for Secondary Education in the UK, and second largest in the country overall, we have specialised Education Open Evenings. The dates are as follows:

Wednesday 29th October 2008 (Primary & Early Years)

Thursday 22nd January 2009 (Secondary)

Thursday 12th March 2009 (Professional Development)

Thursday 23rd April 2009 (All teaching)

I hope to see some of you at these events!Charlotte

Some important information

I’d like to fill you in on the latest news and information that, as an applicant, you may be starting to think about and ask questions.

Accommodation

Undergraduate students who deferred their place at Edge Hill from last year should have now received information about accommodation, if you haven’t please contact the Accommodation Team on: accommodation@edgehill.ac.uk

Those undergraduate students holding an Unconditional Firm or a Conditional Firm offer to study with us will receive information about applying for accommodation in the next 4 weeks.

All other students will receive further information in August around the time of A-level results day.

Freshers’ Week

This starts on Monday 22nd September 2008 and will include enrolment and different induction activities depending on your course. You will need to be available for the entire week.

All undergraduate students will receive a booklet in mid-August with details of where you need to go for your first activity (usually enrolment). You may also receive a timetable from your course leader with further information specific to your course.

Welcome Sunday

Sunday 21st September 2008 is Welcome Sunday. This day is mainly for those students who will be living in on-campus halls of residence. This is when you will collect your keys and move into your room.

You will be sent more information nearer the time if this applies to you.

As you are now finishing school or college this is the time of year when you really start looking forward to starting University, however you will probably not hear from us much between now and August. Please don’t worry about this it is perfectly normal. All universities work in different ways so if a friend has received lots of information from their uni and you haven’t, don’t panic!

If you have more questions that I haven’t answered here you can email us by using the Ask Us section of this website

Good luck with your exams!

Jo

Applicant Visit

The first of the Applicant Visit was on Saturday 9th February and it was a great day for everyone who attended. These visits are for students who have applied for a course within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and who have been made an offer to come and study here. On the day we had subject sessions run by course tutors and general talks on student support and the student experience. We also offered tours and individual advice and guidance on finance and accommodation.

There is another Applicant Visit on Saturday 15th March for students who have received an invitation postcard and you can book your place online.

If you have applied for a course within the Faculty of Health or Faculty of Education there is another general Open Day on Saturday 12th April which is also bookable online.