Preparing to begin university is an exciting time for your son or daughter. There are a few things they need to do before they arrive to begin their Fastrack programme to ensure that they can settle in quickly.
Complete online enrolment
The enrolment process at Edge Hill consists of two stages, both of which are done online.
Stage one opens on Thursday 9 May, and must be completed before stage two.
Refer to the enrolment web pages to find out more about enrolment, when stage two will take place for your son or daughter.
Finalising accommodation details
If your son or daughter is hoping to live on-campus for the duration of their Fastrack studies, they will be notified via email if they have been successful in securing a room from Monday 20 May. If they have been allocated a room, they will need to organise a few things, as laid out in the paragraph below, before their moving-in day. The moving-in date for Fastrack students is Sunday 2 June.
Please remember that your son or daughter must sign their e-licence agreement to confirm their room. They will also need to pay the £150 deposit in full to secure their room and make arrangements to pay for their accommodation. The deadline for these three actions is Monday 27 May.
Refer to the preparing to live on-campus to find out more about preparing to live on-campus.
Meningococcal bacteria can cause meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning). Both diseases are very serious and can kill, especially if not diagnosed early. The early symptoms of meningococcal disease are similar to those of flu, so students need to be able to recognise the symptoms very quickly (even if they have been vaccinated, the vaccines offered through the routine immunisation programme do not protect against all forms of the disease). A full description of the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia can be found at www.meningitis.org and www.meningitisnow.org.
Older students are at greatest risk of the MenW meningococcal disease, especially when starting university where they will come into contact with many new people of a similar age, so they will need to get vaccinated to protect themselves. Vaccination also reduces the risk of them carrying the bacteria and so protects other people. This should, in turn, prevent the numbers increasing to serious levels. Your son or daughter may have had a MenC vaccination as a baby and again more recently but this will not protect them against other meningococcal groups. The MenACWY vaccine will increase their protection against MenC and help to protect them against three other meningococcal groups (A, W and Y). It is still important to know the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia because there are many other bacteria that can also cause these illnesses, including the group B strain that is not covered by this vaccination.
Your son or daughter should contact their GP to arrange receiving the vaccine now, before they arrive at university. If this isn’t possible, your son or daughter should register with a GP in the area when they start university and arrange to get the vaccine there. This should be done straight away – ideally in the first week of term.
Public Health England (PHE) is also reminding young people to make sure they are vaccinated against measles, after new cases were reported across England. Young people who are unsure if they have been fully vaccinated should check with their GP and make an appointment to ensure they receive the 2 doses of MMR vaccine required. More information about measles and the MMR Vaccine can be found here.
Further information about both vaccinations can be found on the NHS Choices website.
Edge Hill University provides a comprehensive student support service through a number of teams based in our Catalyst building. The teams can help with almost any aspect of student life including support with health and wellbeing. For more information visit the website here.
Crockery, utensils, bedding and towel packs
If your son or daughter will be living on-campus then you can take advantage of our range of accommodation packs which are available to order online. Packs include bedding, towels, utensils and crockery. Visit the online store to view the packs and make an order when their room on-campus has been confirmed. Any items you order will be delivered directly to your son or daughter’s room prior to their arrival, at no extra cost.
The University campus is well located for food shopping with Morrisons, Aldi, B&M and Home Bargains nearby.
If you have any questions regarding preparing for university, or require any further information, you can contact us: