A NEW £4.3 million building at Edge Hill College of Higher Education will be officially opened on Friday, 26 October.
The Right Hon. the Earl of Derby will open the Sports Sciences and Health Building on the institution’s Ormskirk campus.
The new building is a focal point for two of the most popular disciplines at Edge Hill – Health Studies and Sports Science.
The building includes high quality teaching rooms, IT suites, a large lecture theatre and office accommodation. In addition, there are specialised laboratories for the study of sports psychology, physiology and biomechanics, and a spacious dance studio. The Centre for Health Research and Evaluation, the research arm of the School of Health Studies, is based in the building. It is also the location for a new student health centre and counselling suite, with a fully equipped doctor’s surgery, sick bay and counselling rooms.
Eirlys Chinn, Head of School of Health Studies, said: “The building provides state of the art teaching accommodation for nursing and midwifery and health studies students. Students on the three-year diploma programme for pre-registration nursing and midwifery have already commented favourably on the quality of the accommodation.
“The new building also accommodates the Centre for Health Research and Evaluation. The Centre provides infrastructure support for research in the School of Health Studies as well as offering commissioned research and consultancy services for the NHS and social care sector.”
Dr Paul Rodaway, Head of School of Sciences and Sport, said: “The building offers high quality laboratories and a dance studio, all in close proximity to Sporting Edge and the outdoor sport facilities. This will allow a closer integration of the use of these facilities to support quality teaching, research and consultancy.
“In addition the new building provides a large fully-equipped lecture theatre, teaching rooms and additional IT facilities, ideal for the increasing numbers of students studying Sports Studies and Sports Science programmes.
“The new facilities demonstrate the commitment of Edge Hill to the continued development of sport and health programmes, and these facilities compare favourably with those of competitor institutions, both in the North West and nationally.”
Christine Coleman, Head of Student Services, said: “Our new Health Care and Counselling Unit provides a valuable and important amenity for staff and students alike. Working in partnership with The Elms Surgery, a comprehensive medical, nursing and counselling service is available.
“Coming to Edge Hill can open up many once-in-a-life time opportunities. Moving to a new place, starting a new course can bring both excitement and challenges. Our aim is to help people make the most of their opportunities by providing support for their physical and mental well being. Situated so closely to our excellent sports facilities, the location of our new premises is ideal in bringing together all the facilities and services staff and students need to help them stay healthy. ”
The building was designed by architects Owen Ellis, who were also responsible for the Sporting Edge complex, the Learning Innovation Centre and the foyer of the Rose Theatre, all on the Ormskirk campus. It has been designed on green principles to be low energy, and as environmentally-friendly as possible, making maximum use of natural light and with a natural air-flow ventilation system in teaching areas.
The official opening will take place at 2pm on Friday 26 October. Any reporters or photographers wishing to attend should contact Valerie Cowan in the Edge Hill press office on 01695 584509, if they have not already done so. Further information is also available from this number or via email on [email protected]
School of Health Studies: One of the leading providers of pre-registration nursing and midwifery courses in the North West, the School of Health Studies also offers a wide range of continuing professional development programmes which are flexible and designed to meet individual needs. Almost 3,500 students are currently enrolled on courses in the school.
From its main campus in the grounds of University Hospital Aintree, the School holds several major contracts to provide training for health professionals. It is a preferred provider of pre-registration education and training for nurses and midwives in the Merseyside area, including Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool.
The School is also responsible for training operating department staff across Merseyside and Cheshire and Greater Manchester from January 2002. These contracts were secured against stiff regional competition.
School of Sciences and Sport: The School is a centre for learning, teaching and research in the sciences and sport. It is organised into two academic departments: Sport and Physical Education and Natural, Geographical and Applied Sciences.
Sport is the largest subject in Edge Hill’s modular degree scheme, with more than 500 students working towards a degree in Sports Studies or Sports Science as a single honours, joint or major subject. Physical Education is also available as an honours degree with Qualified Teacher Status and as a Postgraduate Certificate in Education subject.
The School of Sciences and Sport places a strong emphasis on combining the development of knowledge and understanding in a specialist academic discipline with the acquisition of key skills relevant to employment and professional competence. Research in the environmental and sport sciences has a primarily applied focus.
The Health Care and Counselling Unit: The Health Care and Counselling Unit is part of Student Services comprehensive range of student support services. A strong emphasis is placed on preventative medicine, including health promotion, mental well being and health education.