Freshers Week

Its been a few days since results were released now, so hopefully by now you’ve all had your place confirmed for September 🙂

For any of you who haven’t received your information from Edge Hill in the post yet, here are some useful links from the university web site for you.

The main page for information for new students is

http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/welcome

There is quite a bit of information to take in, so I’m going to break it down here:

Enrollment

If you’re living off campus, your enrollment times depend on your surname:

Undergraduate programmes Surname A-B Thursday 20 September 0900-1100 Theatre
Faculty of Health & Social Care
Undergraduate programmes Surname C-D Thursday 20 September 1100-1200 Theatre
Faculty of Health & Social Care
Undergraduate programmes Surname E-G Thursday 20 September 1200-1300 Theatre
Faculty of Health & Social Care
Undergraduate programmes Surname H Thursday 20 September 1300-1400 Theatre
Faculty of Health & Social Care
Undergraduate programmes Surname I-L Thursday 20 September 1400-1500 Theatre
Faculty of Health & Social Care
Undergraduate programmes Surname M Thursday 20 September 1500-1600 Theatre
Faculty of Health & Social Care
Undergraduate programmes Surname N-Q Thursday 20 September 1600-1700 Theatre
Faculty of Health & Social Care
Undergraduate programmes Surname R Thursday 20 September 1700-1730 Theatre
Faculty of Health & Social Care
Undergraduate programmes Surname S-T Thursday 20 September 1730-1830 Theatre
Faculty of Health & Social Care
Undergraduate programmes Surname U-Z Thursday 20 September 1830-1930 Theatre
Faculty of Health & Social Care

If you’re living on campus, it’ll depend on your surname too:

Surname A Sunday 23 September 0900-0930 Theatre
Faculty of Health & Social Care
Surname B Sunday 23 September 0930-1015 Theatre
Faculty of Health & Social Care
Surname C Sunday 23 September 1015-1045 Theatre
Faculty of Health & Social Care
Surname D Sunday 23 September 1045-1100 Theatre
Faculty of Health & Social Care
Surname E-F Sunday 23 September 1100-1130 Theatre
Faculty of Health & Social Care
Surname G Sunday 23 September 1130-1145 Theatre
Faculty of Health & Social Care
Surname H Sunday 23 September 1145-1230 Theatre
Faculty of Health & Social Care
Surname I-K Sunday 23 September 1230-1300 Theatre
Faculty of Health & Social Care
Surname L Sunday 23 September 1300-1315 Theatre
Faculty of Health & Social Care
Surname M Sunday 23 September 1315-1400 Theatre
Faculty of Health & Social Care
Surname N-Q Sunday 23 September 1400-1445 Theatre
Faculty of Health & Social Care
Surname R Sunday 23 September 1445-1500 Theatre
Faculty of Health & Social Care
Surname S-T Sunday 23 September 1500-1600 Theatre
Faculty of Health & Social Care
Surname U-Z Sunday 23 September 1600-1645 Theatre
Faculty of Health & Social Care

Accommodation

If you’re living in university halls of residence, remember to send in your contract as soon as you can, and make sure your deposit is paid. If you’re living in halls you’ll move in on Welcome Sunday (23rd September) and enroll at the same time.

You’ll need to bring:

  • Bed linen (duvet, pillow[s], bedding)
  • Towels
  • Crockery
  • Cutlery
  • Cooking utensils (including pans – if you’re living in Founders, Graduates or Chancellors, you’ll need pans suitable for an induction hob).

If you aren’t living in university halls, then you need to check with your landlord about when you can move in (but you’ll enroll on the 20th, so make sure its before then!), when deposits need to paid, and what to bring.

Freshers Week

As well as all the events organised by the Students Union in Freshers Week, there are a number of events that the Computing department organise too:

Freshers Week Timetable

Freshers Week Timetable

 

The events that the SU are running are shown here:

If there’s anything else you need to know then just comment!

Open Day Tomorrow!

If any of you didn’t know already, there’s an Open Day at the Ormskirk campus tomorrow, from 10am until 3pm. This is for any prospective students, or anyone who is starting here in September, so if this applies and you are free then please come along!

You can register from 9am, but the full timetable is here:

http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergraduate/events/opendays/programme

If you have been accepted for September and don’t have accomodation yet, then coming along tomorrow would give you a chance to talk to our accomodation team to get some help and advice with finding somewhere, and you might even meet someone who is looking for a housemate!

I’ll be running accomodation tours of the on campus halls, so if you are coming, I might see you then!

Results Day

So, results day is on Thursday, and no doubt a lot of you are starting to panic now? Don’t. Its not as bad as you think. And trust me, I did this when I was in 6th form, its not worth spending all morning before you get your results on Facebook or trying to check UCAS…it just makes you panic more! The best thing to do in my opinion is not to find out what other people got until you have your results, it will save a lot of worry.

As far as what will actually happen on results day goes, The Student Room have a pretty comprehensive guide for different situations here:

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/Guide_to_results_day

But as a starting point, I think their list of what to take with you is particularly useful:

  • Mobile phone (charged and topped up) – you may need to call universities if you need to go into Clearing
  • Pen/pencil
  • Writing paper/notepad
  • Calculator (in case something goes wrong and your modules aren’t added up)
  • Results slips from AS (ditto, and also in case you need to phone a uni and plead you can say “but I got X on these modules”)
  • UCAS/uni letter (so you’ve got all your info including UCAS number handy, and also so you don’t panic thinking “was my offer AAAA or AAAa”)
  • Contact details for your firm and insurance
  • Copy of personal statement and your reference if you have it
  • Contact details for your referee (and if you think it’s likely you’ll go into Clearing permission from your referee to pass on their details to universities)
  • Cheque book (to pay for any re-marks you need doing and the sooner they are sent off the better).

Its also good to remember that The Telegraph on Thursday will have a list of all the Clearing vacancies available, which may be an easier way to find something than working your way through a UCAS search again (if you’re anything like me you’ll be sick of that website by now!)

If you do need to go into Clearing, again, don’t panic! All you need to do is find a university which has places on a course you are interested in and call them up – there is a list of contact details here:

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/Clearing_Contacts_Directory

and whoever answers your call will be able to help you.

I applied through clearing because I changed my mind of which country to study in (long story!) and I thought the whole process was really easy, so it isn’t anything to worry about. And you never know, you might end up somewhere you like more than your original first choice!

So for now, good luck, and as always if you want to know any more feel free to comment 🙂

Budgeting!

In my last post I was talking about budgeting, and since then I’ve made a bit of a budget for my 2nd year, using the budget planner from the Edge Hill website (www.edgehill.ac.uk/redalert).

This is my budget if any of you need an example of how much things cost:

Income

My income for Year 2

Expenses

My expenses for Year 2

Summary

My budget summary for Year 2

As you can see I’ll probably be overdrawn for most of the first semester, but that’s ok because a student overdraft is interest free, so don’t panic if this happens to you! Just make sure you’re staying inside the overdraft you have agreed with your bank for your student account.

This has been done using the monthly budget planner from the link above. There’s also a guide on there for how to use it, as well as a basic planner and one for a weekly budget, depending on how you want to budget.

That’s all for now, but remember to comment if you have any questions 🙂