All of human life…

For a while I’ve toyed with the idea that Edge Hill University courses touch on the whole of a human lifespan. Here’s what I mean: Midwifery deals with pregnancy and birth, so that gets you started. Early Years programmes deal with the 0-5 age range, taking you up to compulsory schooling. Now, you may not know this, but Edge Hill trains teachers – to teach Primary, Key Stage 2/3 and Secondary levels. We also have programmes for the whole school workforce – so basically there’s a course for anyone who has an impact on children in a professional role. Then there’s child-branch nursing, the academic study of childhood and youth, and post-compulsary education too…

And finally we end up with palliative care of the dying, covered in many Health professional development modules. See, all of life…

Hang on, what happened to adulthood? How do Edge Hill degrees touch on the rest of life? Well, really it’s hard to find areas of life that university courses don’t deal with in some way. Business and commerce, law, culture, the environment, politics and society, healthcare… our graduates are up to their elbows in the stuff of all of these areas and more.

Not sure what to do with this idea. Maybe we could reorganise the prospectus into sections corresponding to Shakespeare’s Seven Ages of Man, rather than Faculties – ‘infant (mewling/puking)’, ‘whining schoolboy’, ‘lover (sighing)’, ‘soldier (beard: like pard)’, ‘justice (beard: formal cut)’, ‘pantaloon (slippered)’ and ‘second childishness/oblivion’.