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Exciting new courses have been added to Edge Hill University’s portfolio to complement the multi-million pound investment it has made in its teaching and learning facilities.

Increased demand has led to additional programmes being created in Animation, Computing, Biology and Geography, all of which will be housed in new buildings for September 2013 following a total of £41m of capital investment.

The new Creative Edge is a state-of-the-art £17m building that will provide high-spec suites of industry-standard facilities for Media, Film, Animation, Advertising and Computing students and is on a par with those used by the BBC at MediaCityUK.

To reflect these developments, places are now available for the following new courses: Games Programming, Security and Forensics, Mobile and Embedded Systems, Motion Graphics.

Similarly, the University’s Biology department will be extended with a whole floor of brand-new lab space, supporting further work in Human Biology, together with enhanced facilities for research. These new additions will complement the original purpose-built building, which already has excellent ICT facilities, a range of laboratories, prep rooms and a lecture theatre. The department will also benefit from new courses in Ecology and Human Biology.

Vice-Chancellor Dr John Cater said: “Demand to study at Edge Hill University remains strong with a further rise in applications for 2013. With this in mind, the University is continuing to expand its courses and invest heavily in teaching facilities and on-campus halls of residences to support its growth and enhance the student experience.

“We have the best graduate employment figures in the north-west and we want to continue this trend by offering degree programmes that ensure students are ready to enter the jobs market and meet the demands of their chosen industries.

“Computing is a modern, evolving subject, and we have expanded our degree programmes to stay ahead of the changes of the fast-moving industry. Animation is about developing creativity and the new Motion Graphics offering is perfect for those who are passionate about pursuing a career in this field. Biologists are central to so many exciting advances in the modern world, so our new courses will ensure students are able to apply their knowledge and skills in the workplace to affect these important changes.”

Over £20m is also being in invested in brand new sports facilities on campus, which will include running tracks, pitches, athletics field, netball and tennis courts and a trim trail with exercise stations. A single storey building will accommodate an eight-court sports hall with viewing gallery, a 25-metre swimming pool, a 100-station fitness suite, aerobics studio, health suite with sauna and steam rooms, a café and lounge area. New ecological features and wildlife habitats will be created, including mixed-woodland areas and footpaths linking to Ruff Wood.

Innovative courses in a range of sport-related subjects from Coach Education to Sports Therapy will complement the new facilities.

These courses are recruiting for the start of the 2013/2014 academic year in September, and some places may still available in clearing.  Other new programmes include Counselling and Psychotherapy, and Psychosocial Analysis of Offending Behaviour. For more information, please contact the Course Information Advice and Guidance Team on 01695 657000 or email study@edgehill.ac.uk.