Why Edge Hill?
Edge Hill University hosts a diverse community of aspirational and inspirational students from across the world. You will be joining a top 10 modern university (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020) where you will be taught and supported by staff with extensive links within their disciplines and leading subject knowledge.
Edge Hill is constantly investing in itself to give students the best possible experiences and outcomes. Our commitment to our students has been recognised with several awards in recent years:
Modern University of the Year
Edge Hill University has been crowned the Modern University of the Year in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.
The prestigious award highlights the University’s continuous investment in the student experience, its quality of teaching, outstanding facilities and courses that are designed to meet the needs of employers in a competitive jobs market.
This accolade follows the institution being named as the University of the Year in the Educate North Awards 2020/21. We have also been shortlisted in the categories of Outstanding Support for Students and Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community in the Times Higher Education Awards 2021.
Campus and Facilities
The campus has been voted top in the North West of England and in the top five in the UK for University facilities (WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2020) and top two in the North West for learning resources (National Student Survey 2021). It has also been recognised as one of the top five campuses in the UK (StudentCrowd 2018) and one of the world’s best green spaces (Green Flag Award 2020).
Our halls of residence have been voted best value for money student accommodation in the UK (National Student Housing Awards 2019). We were also a finalist for best university halls (National Student Housing Awards 2019).
Edge Hill has been voted by students as offering the best student support in the North West of England and top ten in the UK in the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2020.
The University has been voted the best in the North West of England and in the top 10 in the UK for job prospects (WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2020), with 95.8% of our students employed or in further study within 15 months of graduating (Graduate Outcomes 2017/18).
Edge Hill has been ranked in the top three in the North West of England for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2021).
Moving to an new town can be daunting but Edge Hill has been recognised for our commitment to student safety as the safest campus in the North West (Complete University Guide 2020).
Edge Hill is a self-contained university with accommodation, sports facilities, a shop, a launderette, a library, and a bar within the campus grounds. All students have access to 24 hour security on campus to provide help with everything from day-to-day support to emergency help.
Furthermore, all of the accommodation on campus are single rooms with a lock to provide every student with a private space, and access to accommodation blocks is by swipe access only.
Vehicular access through the campus is minimal and controlled by our facilities management team.
For problems relating to heating, lighting, general maintenance and repairs, adverse weather, cleaning, pest control, furniture, access and keys, students can contact the facilities management team in person, online, or by phone (01695 584455).
If there are ever any issues (such as noise disturbances) then the campus support team can be contacted via the phones within the Halls of Residence or by visiting them at the campus support hut (located by the main entrance).
Off campus, Ormskirk town has low crime levels, and significantly lower levels of crime than other similar areas. Ormskirk has a local police service who work very closely with the University. Local officers regularly patrol the campus and surrounding areas and if there are any issues they can be contacted on [email protected].
All local areas will have a local police station and officers who can respond if there are any issues, so if you are living a bit further afield (Liverpool, Manchester etc) then be sure to find out where your local police station is located and how they can be contacted.
If there is ever an urgent emergency then the emergencies services (police, fire, ambulance, coastguard) can be contacted by dialling 999 (or 9 999 from your hall phones) however this service is for emergencies only.
Guide for parents
The role of the International Office
Alongside general queries and enquiries the International office can help students with general support.
Some things we can help you and your child with are:
- Opening a bank account.
- Obtaining a letter to confirm they are enrolled as a student at Edge Hill University.
- Travel and country information and advice.
- Visa & immigration advice.
- Urgent phone calls to family, home or bank back home.
- If they are feeling unwell or homesick and want to talk to someone.
Our guide for parents below gives answers to common questions. If you have any other questions or concerns please contact [email protected]
What is included in the accommodation?
What is included in the accommodation?
All rooms include a bed, wardrobe, desk and chair, and students are free to bring their own items to personalise their room. Bed linen and towels are provided in all International student rooms, although you may wish to purchase your own when you arrive. Crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils are not provided so you will need to purchase these on arrival or in advance.
Methods of contact
All students have access to wifi in their bedrooms which can be used to connect devices to use skype and email. All rooms in Founders Court and Graduates Court include a flatscreen computer/freeview TV. The international office has a phone which can be used to ring home when they arrive or if any issues arise (e.g. phoning bank, phoning home institution). Parcels that are sent to Edge Hill are received by a central mail room before being delivered to Halls of Residence by the facilities management team. This reduces the risk of parcels going missing or students not being at home when they are delivered.
There are several doctors surgeries within walking distance of the University. The University strongly recommends that students register with Beacon Primary Care Medical Practice upon arrival. The registration process may delay appointments and therefore it is very important that students register on arrival rather than waiting until an appointment is needed.
McColl’s shop, located within the Hub sells a selection of groceries, as well as hot food, sandwiches, stamps, toiletries, and basic medicines. It is open Monday to Sunday 7:30 am – 11:00 pm.
Students living in Main Halls will be given a catering allowance to use in any of the Edge Hill catering outlets as part of their accommodation package. Students in all other Halls of Residence have self-catering facilities but catering packages are available and provide better value for money if your child will eat regularly in the Edge Hill catering outlets. Students with little experience cooking or who don’t wish to spend time at the supermarket sometimes prefer to eat from the selection of meals available on campus. Meals can also be purchased on a pay-as-you-go basis either using cash/card or by topping up the Edge Hill Unicard online which can be used in all catering facilities on campus.
Ways to get involved
The Edge Hill University Students’ Union organises events for all students throughout the year which we encourage International Students to attend as it really helps with meeting other students and integration. Details of events can be found here http://www.edgehillsu.org.uk/ or by following the Students’ Union on social media.
Edge Hill also runs a ‘Global Friends‘ scheme where incoming International Students are put in contact with a current home student who will answer any questions they have before they arrive in the UK. Then, once in the UK, the students will meet up on a regular basis with the aim of helping international students to integrate and meet new UK students. This scheme has been highly successful for previous semesters and applications are accepted on a first come first served basis.
Here at Edge Hill we offer state-of-the-art facilities to enhance the learning experience. Take a look at some of our purpose-built facilities:
The Technology Hub
The Tech Hub is one of Edge Hill’s newest buildings, housing state-of-the-art biotechnology laboratories, big data servers for research and a Harvard style lecture theatre. It also offers the UK’s first Computer Augmented Virtual Environment (the CAVE). The access to these ultra-modern facilities is key to ensuring our students are fully prepared to enter the modern, digitally minded workforce.
The building is designed around teaching and learning, providing high-spec suites of industry-standard facilities for students studying Media, Film, Animation, Advertising and Computing. Creative Edge brings industry-leading television and media production facilities on to the Ormskirk campus, matching those at Salford Quays used by the BBC, and providing professional opportunities for both the University and the locality. Some facilities include:
- TV studios with broadcast capacity and full production capabilities for news, drama, documentary and experimental work
- Recording studios
- Sound-editing suites
- Radio studio
- Animation studios
- Photographic studio
- Multimedia laboratory
- Networking and forensics laboratories
- Computer laboratories
The innovative £26m building was completed in June 2018. It houses the University’s library, careers and student services functions in its contemporary 8,000 square metre space. At the heart of Edge Hill’s campus it is the ideal place to study, meet with peers and have 24/7 access to study materials and support from the learning services team. Visit The Catalyst for further information on opening times and the facilities available.
The Sports Centre
Edge Hill invested £30m in sport and leisure facilities including new sports pitches, gym, sports hall, and swimming pool. The new sports centre opened its doors in September 2015. Visit Edge Hill Sport for more information.
You can find more information about the facilities available for your specific subject here.