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Parents and Supporters

This page includes information for parents and supporters to help your student with the decision-making process.

Supporting your student

The ‘Supporting your student’ articles below are packed  full of brilliant advice and tips:

Understanding funding and finance

Full-time undergraduate students who are studying their first degree can benefit from a range of financial support:

Tuition fee loan

Maintenance loan

Repayments

EU Students

Changes to the eligibility of EU students for home fee status and financial support from Student Finance England took effect from academic year 2021/22 entry. Exemptions apply to those who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals.

How can I help?

If the student you’re supporting relies on you financially, you’ll usually have to support their Student Finance application if the student is applying for an assessment based on household income.

You can support the application by:

  • Confirming your income. After the student has submitted their application, you’ll be invited by email to declare your earnings.
  • If you expect your income to drop by 15% or more, ensure you let Student Finance know.
  • Give a quick response to any further information, or evidence or circumstances, requested by Student Finance.
If you are supporting a student who has not had contact with their parents for over a year, they may be eligible to apply for finance as an ‘Estranged’ or ‘Independent’ student.

What else can I do?

It’s worth encouraging the student to regularly check their ‘To Do’ list on their online Student Finance account to ensure they’ve completed everything. Any delays in providing documents or evidence to Student Finance could result in the student not getting their first instalment of maintenance loan at the start of term.

Payments will only be made once the application is approved in full, the declaration form has been signed, and the student is fully enrolled with their university.

Additional financial support at Edge Hill

We love to celebrate the success of our students. And not just for their academic achievements.

Students can apply for a scholarship before their Edge Hill course begins. Whilst they’re here? They can apply for funds to help enhance their career prospects, apply for on-course scholarships and get help finding part-time work that fits alongside their studies.

Scholarships

Student opportunity fund

Earn whilst learning

The application timeline

September 2022 – December 2022

January 2023 – April 2023

May 2023 – July 2023

August 2023

September 2023

How we make our offers

Going to university is an exciting opportunity. Making a decision on which university to attend is important, as it will determine where your student will spend the next three years of their life.

We believe, as do most schools and colleges, that the decision should be based on the university and the course the student thinks is right for them. At Edge Hill, we prefer not to make Unconditional Offers to applicants who are sitting their A Level, BTEC or equivalent qualifications. Instead, we set challenging entry requirements and we encourage applicants to work hard to achieve the very best grades that they can.

We have strong academic standards and we want students who are passionate about their subject and who want to be part of an exciting and dynamic community of lecturers and like-minded students. We also want students who are committed to their own success. Exam grades are not just about getting into university. They will be included in future job applications and many employers could be influenced by the results they have achieved.

Guide to clearing

If the outcome on Results Day is not what your student was hoping for, Clearing is the process that applicants go through to secure a place at university. Our guide below can help you and your student through the process.

  • Explore your course options: If clearing looks like a possibility, try and find out about course options at Edge Hill before results day. Available places can be found via UCAS and on our website.
  • Results day: UCAS opens at approximately 8:30am on results day. Help your student stay positive. Reassure them that there will be a wide choice of exciting and interesting courses available through Clearing.
  • Contacting the University: Universities really want to talk to the applicant themselves to understand their qualifications and hear first-hand why they want a place on a particular course. Also, for data protection reasons, universities can only speak to students about their own applications.
  • Ask questions: Make sure when discussing courses and potential offers, your student asks other important questions. Suggestions include programme assessment methods, finding accommodation and availability of bursaries or scholarships.
  • Visit if possible: If you can, visit the university before they accept their offer. Look at facilities, take a trip into the local town, check out the Students’ Union and find out about accommodation.
  • Accepting an offer: Once the informal offers have been made over the phone, the final step in the process is to add the one they want to accept as a Clearing choice via UCAS.
Student Finance which has already been approved may easily be transferred to another University. We are happy to support in this process. Please contact us at [email protected] Where funding isn’t already in place this must be applied for urgently to limit the delay to payments.

Support for students

Student Services is here to support students during their time at university. There are dedicated teams who can provide advice on a wide range of areas including:

Accommodation

Campus Connectors

Campus Support (Security)

Students without family support

Disability Support

Money Advice

Faith and Community

Student Support Team

Wellbeing and Counselling

Starting University: how can you help?

Seeing your student go off to university is an important step for you, as well as them. Many people describe mixed emotions and report that it can take time to adjust to the change. Students can experience similar feelings, but on top of this they’ll be dealing with a new way of life.

Sometimes students find themselves feeling unhappy and may even think about dropping out. This is not unusual and its important for them to understand that they’re not on their own.

We offer support for anyone feeling this way. As well as speaking to their Personal Tutor, students can access support from Student Services by emailing [email protected] or by visiting the Catalyst Helpdesk to speak to an adviser.

The adviser will provide an overview of the options available, as well as signposting to the support available. That way, they can decide what the best course of action is and feel secure that they are fully informed of their options.

Below are our top tips on how you can help your student have a positive first month at university:

  • Advise them to get involved in as much as possible. The Students’ Union is a good place to start.
  • If your student experiences homesickness, reassure them that this is perfectly normal, lots of others feel the same way, and that it probably won’t last.
  • If they experience any problems settling into their on-campus accommodation, the Campus Life team can help.
  • Suggest that they take part in things they enjoy and stay active, for example, joining a sports team or going to a yoga class where possible.
  • Undertaking voluntary work or fundraising can be a positive thing to be involved with, as the student can gain essential skills and make friends along the way.

Useful websites

Choosing a course and university:

More information about Edge Hill

The Edge Hill University experience is designed to prepare our students for their future careers. We have an excellent track record in graduate employment with 95.4% of students employed or in further study within 15 months of graduating (Graduate outcomes 2019/20).

Edge Hill University also offers an outstanding student experience, and this is reinforced by our consistent success in national surveys and awards:

Satisfied students

  • Top 15 in the UK for lecturers and teaching quality (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2022)
  • Top 10 in the UK in the University of the Year category (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2022)
  • Top 10 in the UK for student support (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2022)
  • 2nd in the UK for university facilities (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2022)
  • Top 5 in the UK for university halls (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2022)

Teaching excellence

  • Winner of Modern University of the Year 2022 (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022)
  • Winner of University of the Year 2020 (Educate North Awards 2020)
  • Shortlisted for University of the Year (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022)

Located close to Liverpool, Manchester and Preston, we’re perfectly placed for students to benefit from the local countryside or the nearby cities.

Our Ormskirk campus offers everything on site, from state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities to modern student accommodation, and a choice of places to study, socialise and relax.

Our cutting-edge resources are designed to ensure students get experience of industry standard equipment to prepare them for the world of work. Purpose built department buildings are complemented by the University Library housed in the Catalyst building. Students have access to thousands of books, journals, online resources and study spaces. IT and multimedia provision are available and there are free WiFi enabled social learning spaces across campus.

Many new students appreciate the supportive, sociable and secure atmosphere that life in halls can offer. As a campus-based university, everything is just a few minutes’ walk from the student accommodation including lecture theatres and classrooms, study spaces, sport and leisure facilities, cafés, shops and an on-campus theatre.