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Law student defies expectations to take top Edge Hill law society roles and support others

June 12, 2024

A student told higher education wasn't for him is now excelling in a law degree and supporting others.

A student told higher education wasn’t for him is now excelling in a law degree and supporting others.

Third-year LLB Law student Michael Ellwood refused to give up on his ambition to go to university when told he should “consider other options”, and proved his critics wrong by securing the qualifications he needed for a place at Edge Hill University. 

His role in the Law Students’ Society, and his tenacity, hard work and giving nature, have been recognised with an Edge Hill University Scholarship. 

Recognising his own uphill battle, he’s keen to help others, supporting fellow students in law, criminology and policing to get involved and build their confidence.  

Michael “goes beyond what is expected”, helping at numerous recruitment events and being part of a network that ensures campus visitors feel welcome. He’s even competed with the Edge Hill team in Liverpool’s Dragon Boat Race.

Michael has been generous with his time off campus too – helping with a community kitchen, a breakfast bag scheme for vulnerable children and supporting a project dedicated to adult learning – all while working a demanding job to support himself financially.

Michael, from Essex, is full of praise for his course and the opportunities it’s given him:

“I love the variety and being able to get lost in the topics. My Law Society roles as Master of Mooting and VP Alumni External Relations are helping with my organisational and public speaking skills and equip me to help others improve. I love seeing and being part of someone else’s academic journey; it’s so rewarding.”

And it’s not just his course that Michael loves about Edge Hill: 

“There’s so much you can get involved in. There’s a real sense of community at the sports centre with brilliant external instructors, the PT team and so many fitness classes. There are plenty of relevant and interesting speaker events, and the careers service is unparalleled with a truly personal focus centred on your career prospects and direction.”

University Scholarships are for students who help raise Edge Hill’s profile through an exceptional contribution to equal opportunities and diversity. The University has a broad programme of scholarships for prospective and current students, recognising practical and academic excellence. 

Edge Hill’s School of Law, Criminology and Policing offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, from standalone law degrees to law with politics, criminal justice and professional policing.

June 12, 2024


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