Edge Hill University has been awarded the City of Liverpool’s highest honour in recognition of 126 years of learning.

Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Frank Prendergast, said: “I am delighted to be adding Edge Hill University to the Freedom Roll of Association.

“It is a great opportunity to recognise the contribution the University has made to training and education over the past 126 years. Edge Hill University has been a great asset to the city and I hope it continues to provide first class learning for many years to come.”

Edge Hill University’s Vice-Chancellor added: “This is an historic day for the University, and one of which we are very proud.  From our founding in the City more than six generations ago to the education of over 3,000 Liverpool students today, Edge Hill University strongly values its heritage and is absolutely delighted to see these lasting ties acknowledged in the highest accolade the City can award.  We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with the City of our birth for many decades to come.”

Founded in 1885 at a ceremony in St Georges Hall when 41 female teacher trainees began their studies, the University has come a long way with student numbers now exceeding 26,000.

The University operated in Liverpool for nearly 50 years before moving to its current location in Ormskirk. Despite this move the University has resisted frequent requests to change its name to reflect its new location in recognition of the University’s continuing association with the City of Liverpool.