Information for Supporters

Preparing to begin University is an exciting time for new students. On this page, you can find out about the MenACWY vaccination, and get some tips on how to support your student as they make the transition to University life.

Enrolment

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

The first stage of enrolment will open on Thursday 12 December. As part of this process students will need to provide the University with some personal information, including proof of their identity.

All students will need to complete stage two to confirm their attendance on campus and release their student loan. They will need to do this when they first arrive on campus, this will either be on their first day of Induction Week or if your child is living in halls, the day they move in.

Use the Getting Started enrolment pages to find out more about enrolment, and what important documents they will need to complete the process.

Accommodation

Students living on-campus, will be notified via email if they have been successful in securing a room from Monday 2 December, 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.

The move in date is Sunday 5 January.

All students 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 five working days from receiving their room offer.

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

MenACWY vaccination

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.

Accommodation Packs

Students living on campus then can take advantage of our range of accommodation packs (a not-for-profit service) 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 the relevant room prior to their arrival, at no extra cost.

Please be aware that INDUCTION STYLE SAUCEPANS are provided for students living in Palatine Court, Chancellors South, Chancellors Court, Graduates Court and Founders Court.

Any questions?

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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