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Edge Hill University was established in 1885 as a teacher training college for women in the Edge Hill area of Liverpool. It moved to larger premises in Ormskirk in 1933 and was granted university status in 2006. Edge Hill University is one of the fastest growing universities in the UK. It has over 24,000 students, one of the largest postgraduate student populations in the UK and 67% of its students are mature.
The University is matching this growth in student numbers with plenty of investment in its leafy campus, providing its student body with new and improved facilities. Students are attracted to its advanced professional development programmes, the high quality of teaching and the passion for green issues and sustainability.
Employability is at the forefront of Edge Hill’s courses. 71% of its recent graduates were in graduate employment six months after graduating and a further 22% went on to further education.
So who has attended Edge Hill University? Notable alumni include radio DJ, writer and critic Stuart Maconie, actor Jonathan Pryce, novelist Freda Lightfoot and former General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, Steve Sinnott.
Edge Hill University is located on the outskirts of the historic town of Ormskirk, just 13 miles away from Liverpool. It’s set in pretty West Lancashire countryside, close to the Lake District and the coast. Whilst Ormskirk might not be packed with thrills, Liverpool and Manchester are just a short train ride away: perfect for those who want to do some serious shopping or soak up some culture.
The Ormskirk Campus is pretty self-contained, set in green grounds dotted with sculptures. It’s dominated by the 1930’s main building which has steel and glass extensions. Edge Hill University has put a lot of money into improving its 160 acre campus and it shows. There’s a new £14m Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, a £8m business, law and criminology building and more campus improvements on the horizon.
Student accommodation is located on campus, as are shops, catering outlets and sports facilities. Edge Hill University also has other sites in Aintree, Chorley and Manchester.
Edge Hill University can house over 1,000 students in accommodation at Ormskirk Campus. Over 300 rooms are catered, the rest self-catered. Around half of rooms are en-suite. Rent is pretty reasonable at £56 to £97 a week depending on room type and halls. You can find out more about the accommodation, including the brand new student residences, here.
Edge Hill University will be charging UK undergraduates £9,000 a year in tuition fees for BA, BSc and LLB degrees. Eligible students will be able to procure a tuition fee loan from the government. For more information about the rise in tuition fees, read this article.
First-time undergraduates can get a maintenance loan or grant from the government to help cover living costs. The campus’ location means students avoid the higher prices of living in a big city and overall living costs are pretty reasonable. Private sector rents are around £65 a week.
Edge Hill University has an expansive range of scholarships and bursaries. There are £2,000 Entrance Scholarships, £1,000 High Achievers Scholarships, National Scholarship Awards of £3,000, Care Leavers’ Bursaries, and Helena Kennedy Foundation Bursaries. More information about these can be found here.
The University Club is the location of the on-campus nightclub and bar. It has regular events, from themed nights to DJ nights and pub quizzes. There are screens to watch sport and pool tables. You won’t find much in the way of night clubs in Ormskirk but there are some nice bars and pubs. Luckily for seasoned clubbers, the bright lights of Liverpool and Manchester aren’t too far away.
On campus, Edge Hill has 25 acres dedicated to sport. There are pitches, courts, a swimming pool, two gymnasiums and a dance studio. Edge Hill has a number of sports teams, including netball, football, volleyball, rugby, hockey and basketball.
If you’re looking for something less sports inclined, then you might want to join one of Edge Hill University’s student societies. There’s a whole range of societies, from cheerleading and book club, to circus skills and art society.
The Union always puts a lot of effort into Freshers’ Week and it’s a perfect time to meet new people and make new friends. Past events have included a festival on campus with live music, pub quizzes, fairs, comedy nights, themed parties, silent discos, day trips, movie nights and big club events in Liverpool. In short, there’s plenty to keep you entertained.
The Careers Centre at Edge Hill University is there to help students on the way to getting their first graduate job. They offer one-to-one guidance, help with finding graduate jobs, work experience and work placements, as well as hold regular careers events and workshops. It runs an Employability Programme, a Job Club, volunteering programme and helps students find out about summer opportunities too.