Liverpool Undenominational College

Apparently ‘Liverpool Undenominational College’ was very nearly the name of the institution before the founders decided on Edge Hill. The original rationale was to provide teacher training without preference according to religious persuasion, hence un- or non-denominational. It is sometimes said that Edge Hill was founded on secular humanist principals, but it seems to me that this was not the case. In the early days the religious affiliation of students was documented, although records seem to have only allowed fror ‘Church of England’ or ‘non Conformist’ as the choices. The day started with prayers at 7am with more at 9pm (before silence at 9.45 and lights out at 10.) On Sundays, students were supposed to attend the church of their denomination and had to give a verbal reason if they had been less than twice. (Edge Hill University College: A History by Fiona Montgomery remains the authoriattive work on this period.) So it was non-denomination rather than non-religious.

Somewhere along the line these rules have been relaxed and I doubt if many students follow such a strict regime any more. However I do think the founding principle is reflected in today’s ‘widening participation’ policies and practices.

This blogging lark

Having sustained a work-related blog for a while now, I feel I have learned something about the process. I find it cathartic hammering out some writing now and again – so much so that I have started a personal blog – somewhere I can write about all sorts of non-work things (including but not limited to pulp/fantastic fiction, comics, movies, spiritual life, walking trips, music, real ale, and weary Blimpish commentary on the minor annoyances of modern life such as my difficulty getting the cellophane wrappers off CDs.)

Meanwhile I’ll continue this one as a place to talk about marketing and my take on Edge Hill University. And as if that’s not enough, an internally-accessible blog about the Edge Hill brand is on the anvil as well…