Savvy students have earned Edge Hill University the title of ‘Money Smartest University of 2017’ from student finance website Blackbullion after winning their #unibattle competition.

Blackbullion is an online learning platform designed to help build students’ financial skills and offers modules covering a range of subjects such as starting university, budgeting and debt.

The competition, which required students to sign up to Blackbullion and complete at least one lesson, module or bootcamp saw more students from Edge Hill get involved than any other UK University, with some even winning individual prizes such as a Ferrari test drive and a FitBit.

Edge Hill beat their nearest rivals by an impressive 118 points (177 points to 59) and students’ efforts will be rewarded with a photo booth to use during National Student Money Week in February 2018.

An Edge Hill student who took part said:

“I found the experience really worthwhile! I am still using Blackbullion, and have so far completed the Budgeting, Tax, Starting University, Startup Survivors, The Networking Game and Risk modules.

“The most useful thing I have learnt is the importance of budgeting and how to do it successfully.”

Fay Sherrington, Director of Student Services at Edge Hill said:

“It is a fantastic achievement to receive the accolade of Money Smartest University 2017.  We are committed to a joint approach to supporting students with their money, combining education and budgeting with appropriate funding for those who need it.  The Money Advice Team have had support from a wide team of Student Services staff members who have worked tirelessly to promote Blackbullion to our students in a wide variety of ways.  It is thanks to their dedication and competitive nature that we have been able to engage such a large number of students with Blackbullion.  However it doesn’t end here!  We will continue to promote Blackbullion and it is great to know that we are on track with our goal to ensure our entire student body is money smarter.”

Blackbullion is an interactive online platform where students can complete modules to help improve their budgeting skills, financial know-how and general money-management abilities.

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