Overwhelming support demonstrated by inspirational students, staff, alumni and partners in response to the global pandemic is celebrated in Edge Hill University’s new Annual Review.  

The coronavirus outbreak sparked a major response from the Edge Hill community earlier this year, with more than 750 nursing, midwifery, operating department practitioners (ODPs) and paramedic practice students stepping up to work for the public good supporting the NHS. 

From having to move all teaching to online in a matter of days when the nation went into lockdown, to supporting local school workforces and helping businesses on the road to recovery, the report celebrates the achievements of the University’s community over the last 12 months. 

Key highlights from the past year include the launch of the new Medical School, which is one of only three new freestanding medical schools in the country and the only one in the North West. Earlier this year, a £1.8 million contract was awarded to Edge Hill and the Royal College of Physicians for trainee doctors to benefit from leadership training as well as medical education. 

Rather than limiting research activity, the Covid-19 outbreak generated some fascinating and timely new studies to influence the way organisations and individuals respond to the pandemic in the future, placing a spotlight on the life-saving work of researchers and front-line workers. 

Last year marked the launch of three new research centres; the International Centre on Racism, the Institute for Social Responsibility and the Centre for Child Protection and Safeguarding in Sport. By bringing together research excellence from across the University, the centres aim to increase collaboration to address major issues in society. 

The Productivity and Innovation Centre (PIC) has provided innovation, guidance and advisory services to Lancashire businesses and more than 90 SMEs have accessed this support to date. Elsewhere, the Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE) launched the Lonely Arts Club Podcast, which interviews creative and cultural people from the North West, to give advice to young people hoping to embark on a career in the industry. 

Most recently, it was announced that Edge Hill has been shortlisted for the coveted title of University of the Year in the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards – the winners of which will be announced on 26th November 2020. 

John Cater, Vice Chancellor of Edge Hill University, said: “This past year has been like no other. Our Edge Hill community has gone above and beyond and really pulled together in response to the crisis. Not only have we risen to the challenges, we have continued to innovate, change and improve lives. 

“From the 750 students who volunteered to support the NHS, or the new research borne out of a need to make a positive impact, to the many acts of kindness, support and new ways of learning that have been displayed in such an unprecedented time. There is much to be proud of.” 

You can download a copy of the Annual Review, including an accessible version, on our document page.