Students are staying connected in a new virtual world of social activity thanks to the efforts of Edge Hill University’s Campus Life team who are going above and beyond to support them during lockdown.

The past few weeks have been a testing time for so many students, whether they have gone home to their families or had to remain in halls on campus, but the team felt it was important to keep the vibrant Edge Hill community going.

Staff in Student Services quickly pooled together ideas to move fun and engaging activities online for students to enjoy while social distancing.

Fay Sherrington, Director of Student Services, said: “At Edge Hill we put a lot of emphasis on building a connective community. When it became apparent that we were no longer able to provide our Campus Life activities in the usual way, the team adapted quickly, and I am proud of the virtual programme they have created. 

“The team are flexible and enthusiastic and have come up with a whole raft of events they are delivering virtually. Creating the same engagement is tricky but the team have risen to the challenge and I am so pleased to see this has been successful.”

Campus Life Manager Jenny Spruce added: “We have been working with the student community to find out what they want. We know It is so hard for them when the majority are studying remotely but the online engagement has soared, and we are hoping this will keep growing over the coming weeks.”

The team of Campus Connectors are themselves students and although they have been facing the same challenges, they have been supporting others to stay positive.

Picture of Campus Connector  Brittney Scott.
Brittney Scott

Campus Connector Brittney Scott said: “I’ve helped to host social media live streams, Netflix parties, share tips and ideas to help students get through this strange time. This has not only helped other students, but it’s been helping me during this time.”

Picture of Campus Connector Chloe Barr.
Chloe Barr

“Over the past month, Campus Life have worked so hard to support students during this scary and uncertain time. I’ve had the privilege to continue my work with them to help and support students using social media,” added Chloe Barr.

Picture of Campus Connector Charlie Barker.
Charlie Baker

Charlie Baker said: “Knowing we can still do this, even in such strange circumstances, is enjoyable and incredibly rewarding.”

Students have been showing their appreciation towards for the way the teams are supporting them.

Katie Hazel, BSc Computing student said: “I love the live chats. They are so fun to listen to, especially since I like to listen to something but trying to limit my media content for my mental health. So to have someone just talk is nice. And they are always so interactive as well. They ask questions and read out the answers. Keep doing them.”

BA Advertising student Kennedy Horton added: “I particularly enjoy the quizzes because it reminds me of the Monday night quiz at the SU that I attended with my friends every week. Unfortunately, I didn’t win this time round, but I can’t wait for the next one and fingers crossed I have better luck then.”

To find out more about the activities on offer, visit the Campus Life Facebook page www.facebook.com/EHUCampusLife