Information for Parents

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 ensure that they can settle in quickly.

On this page, you can also find out about the MenACWY vaccination, and get some tips on how to support your son or daughter as they make the transition to University life.

Enrolment

The enrolment process at Edge Hill consists of two stages, which are both completed online.

Stage one opens on Monday 18 March, and must be completed before stage two.

Use the Getting Started web pages to find out more about the online enrolment process and how it works.

Accommodation

If your son or daughter is hoping to live on-campus, they will be notified via email if they have been successful in securing a room from Monday 25 February, if all the conditions of their offer have been met. If they have been allocated a room, they will need to organise the following things before their moving-in day.

Moving in dates are dependent upon course, and dates are as follows:

  • BSc (Hons) Nursing and MSc Nursing students – Friday 29 March
  • BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice students – Sunday 28 April

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 4 March (4pm) or five working days from receiving their room offer.

Use the Getting Started web pages to find out more about preparing to live on-campus.

Vaccinations

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.

Further information about both vaccinations can be found on the NHS Choices website.

Accommodation 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.

Get in touch

If you have any queries about starting at Edge Hill, please contact our Getting Started Team:

 01695 657000

 gettingstarted@edgehill.ac.uk

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