An image of a virtual meeting that includes Lancashire business leaders and His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex
Edge Hill joined the Lord Lieutenant and Lancashire business leaders for a virtual visit from HRH The Earl of Wessex

Edge Hill University joined the Lord Lieutenant and business leaders from across Lancashire in a virtual visit from His Royal Highness (HRH) The Earl of Wessex, to showcase how the region has pulled together during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mark Allanson, Edge Hill’s Pro Vice-Chancellor, joined key experts across the county to welcome HRH Prince Edward and highlight the inspiring work of organisations across the region.

During the meeting, Mark told the group about the response from the Edge Hill community, with hundreds of students, staff, alumni and partners stepping up to work for the public good.

More than 750 nursing, midwifery, operating department practitioners (OPDs) and paramedic practice students and staff supported the NHS on the front line. The University also donated PPE and specialist lab equipment for use in Covid-19 testing and offered free campus accommodation to key workers.

Mark also spoke about the wellbeing initiatives that the University has invested in to support the mental health of staff and students during the pandemic, including self-help support and counselling services, as well as organising socially-distanced events such as an outdoor cinema.

He said: “We were proud to be able to highlight to HRH The Earl of Wessex the resilience of our community in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“From our academic colleagues who had to move all their teaching online in a matter of days, to the support staff who have been working tirelessly to keep the campus Covid-secure, to the thousands of students who have adapted to a brand new way of learning, the University and the wider community really pulled together in such an unprecedented situation.”

Speaking with the HRH The Earl of Wessex, Mark also asked if The Prince’s Business Trust would look to collaborate with the University in supporting students to become self-employed and set up their own businesses.

Mark explained how Edge Hill’s Productivity Innovation Centre (PIC) has provided guidance and advisory services to Lancashire businesses, with more than 90 SMEs accessing this support to address their growth and scale-up challenges. That will now move its focus to business recovery and innovation.

He added: “Edge Hill is incredibly proud to be a part of the Lancashire community and will continue to support its partners in the region to develop a roadmap to recovery. Across the region, businesses have risen to the challenges that Covid-19 has presented by adapting to a new way of working and remain upbeat about the future post-pandemic.”

You can read more about the overwhelming support demonstrated by the Edge Hill community in response to the global pandemic in Edge Hill’s Annual Review.