Why choose Edge Hill?

Why Edge Hill?

Edge Hill University hosts a diverse community of aspirational and inspirational students from across the world. You will be taught and supported by staff with extensive links within their disciplines and leading subject knowledge.

 Accolades

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:

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Gold Award:

Edge Hill University has achieved Gold, the highest rating in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), for delivering ‘consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students’. Less than one third of Universities nationally hold this award, and only three in the North West.

Top 5 UK University 2017:

Edge Hill was voted a top 5 UK university at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2017. These awards were voted for by students, showing that our students consistently rate Edge Hill as one of the top places to study in the UK.

University of the Year 2014/2015:

Edge Hill was awarded University of the Year 2014/2015 by the Times Higher Education Awards, a prestigious accolade in the UK Higher Education sector.  Feedback from John Gill, Times Higher Education editor, said: “Edge Hill is a great success story, having quietly established itself as an institution that improves and impresses year after year.”

Best Student Experience in the North West 2016:

Edge Hill was voted the best student experience in the North West in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2016 which compares student experience on aspects of university life that matter most to students such as campus environment and facilities.

View further Key Successes of Edge Hill University here.

Safety

Moving to an new town can be daunting but Edge Hill were recently recognised for their commitment to student safety as the safest campus in the North West for the fourth year running, as well as being in the top 10 for safest campuses nationally.

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.  Locally officers regularly patrol the campus and surrounding areas and if there are any issues they can be contacted on police@edgehill.ac.uk.

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.

Studying at Edge Hill:

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 international@edgehill.ac.uk

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 from the Online Store.

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.

Medical Centre

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.

Local amenities

The Martin McColl 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.

 Catering packages

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.

Facilities

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 Edge Hill’s newest building, 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.

Creative Edge

Creative Edge was opened in 2013. 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 Library investment

The four-storey Library and Student Services Centre, planned for completion in Summer 2018, will be much larger than the current library and feature a range of different study areas, social spaces and enhanced electronic facilities, as well as easier access to the University’s entire book collection.

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.