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Edge Hill celebrates 90 years at its Ormskirk campus

October 2, 2023

Today (2 October) marks Edge Hill University’s 90th anniversary of moving to Ormskirk - and the start of a year-long programme to celebrate how we are continuing to inspire minds and shape futures.

To celebrate 90 years of success on its Ormskirk campus, the University will shine a light on students, staff, alumni, honorary graduates and partners – the people that make Edge Hill the remarkable place it is today. Find out more at

The University’s unique history and how it has evolved will be brought to life, from its founding in 1885 as the first non-denominational teacher training college for women and moving to Ormskirk in 1933, through to becoming a multi-award-winning University, including Modern University of the Year in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

Vice-Chancellor Dr John Cater said: “Over the last 90 years, we’ve not paused to take a breath. We’ve been continually evolving, focusing on being a great place to learn, live and enjoy. But it’s important that we stop and take a moment to appreciate some of our achievements. 

“These include training key public sector workers, teachers, nurses, doctors, social workers and police officers; having 62% of our research portfolio recognised as ‘world-leading or ‘internationally excellent’; contributing a huge £175.9m to the economy annually; and our stunning grounds winning 12 consecutive Green Flag awards for their beauty and environmental benefit.

“Edge Hill has continually surpassed goals and exceeded expectations. The next nine decades will be no different.”

The University campus has developed substantially since the early days in Ormskirk. In the last decade alone, it has seen more than £350m of investment on intelligently designed study spaces, sports facilities, living quarters and simulated workplaces.

Today, the campus is changing again with a £52m redevelopment underway, which will deliver a new Life Sciences building, Students’ Union, ultra-modern accommodation, and exciting public realm space. This investment will support the introduction of more STEM degrees, including in maths, physics, and chemistry.

To help the University celebrate, alumni and Honorary Doctors are being invited back to campus to give lectures, workshops, and performances on various topics, including law, the arts, nuclear power and diversity in education. 

Coming up over the next month, events include:

  • Honorary Doctor Wally Brown CBE is returning to Edge Hill on 3 October to launch the photo exhibition The Descendants, which also marks the start of the University’s Black History Month celebrations. 
  • On 1 November, Honorary Doctor Baroness Catherine Ashton will give a lecture based on her fascinating memoir And Then What?, which recounts inside stories of 21st Century diplomacy from her time leading the EU’s foreign policy, the only Briton to do so.
  • Edge Hill alumnus and Daily Mail columnist Dan Hodges will return to campus on 15 November to discuss his career highlights, life as the son of noted Labour MP Glenda Jackson and his views on the current state of politics. 

To see the full events programme or to book a place, visit

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October 2, 2023


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