Edge Hill University was awarded 2014-2015 University of the Year in 10th annual Times Higher Education (THE) Awards.
This award is the most prestigious accolade in the Higher Education sector and the University was chosen as the winner from a list of six shortlisted institutions, which also included Glasgow and Swansea Universities.
Dr John Cater, Vice-Chancellor of Edge Hill University said:
“I’m delighted and extremely proud that Edge Hill has won University of the Year. The University is stronger than ever before and I’m honoured to have been involved in its consistent growth and improvement during my tenure as Vice-Chancellor. It is a privilege to work alongside all those who strive to fulfil Edge Hill University’s commitment to changing lives – our staff, our students, our alumni, our Students’ Union, our partners and our friends and it is rewarding to see this enterprising spirit recognised. I have no doubt that the University will enjoy continued success in the future.”
The University of the Year award has highlighted the continuing success of the University and opened the doors to increased partnerships and collaborations locally and nationally.
Working with Tate Liverpool, the Everyman Theatre and Liverpool Sound City, as well as continuing to develop opportunities in the music industry through The Label recordings, has increased the employability of Edge Hill students further. There has also been a surge of interest around Edge Hill, with record numbers of visitors at open days and increased interest from external organisations.
The year has continued to be a year of achievements; the University was named the best University Workplace by the Times Higher Education, in addition, the year The Times placed the University as top in the North West for Teaching Excellence and in the top four in the region overall. Edge Hill achieved its highest placing nationally at 68th, a rise of 59 places in less than ten years, putting it in the top ten of all post-1992 universities.
During the year, Edge Hill has also opened more student accommodation, with Palatine Court bringing the total number of beds spaces on campus to 2,091 awarded over £2.4 million in scholarships and continued to broaden its portfolio of degrees with new programmes in computer software engineering, biotechnology and food technology.
It also celebrated the opening of its brand new, £30 million sports centre with appearances by heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson, athlete and broadcaster Steve Cram, sports philanthropist Barrie Wells and extreme adventurer Richard Parks.
The state-of-the-art sports centre building houses an eight-court sports hall with viewing gallery for basketball, netball, badminton, five-a-side football and general sports use, a 25-metre swimming pool, an 80-station fitness suite, aerobics studio, health suite with sauna and steam rooms, a café and lounge area.
The international competition standard outdoor facilities include one of the largest running tracks in Europe, rugby, hockey and football pitches, an athletics field, netball and tennis courts and a ‘trim trail’ with exercise stations.
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.
“Its achievements in student satisfaction and graduate employment were noted by our judges, as was its financial performance and the part it plays in transforming lives in the local region.”