Day three of graduations will see students from Edge Hill’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences pick up their degree awards.

Students from Animation, Childhood and Youth Studies, Creative Writing, Early Childhood Studies, English, Environmental Science, Film and Television, Geography, History, Media, Psychology, Public Relations and Sociology, will receive their qualifications over three ceremonies today.

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Watch ceremonies live here: edgehill.ac.uk/graduation/live/

Sports psychology student wins award for community contribution  

Andrew Shaw with his degree scrollA sports student who won a prestigious scholarship for his dedication and compassion has put his success down to the “incredibly amazing” people he met at Edge Hill.

Andrew Shaw, from Lamplugh, has just completed a three-year BSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology.  The former Cockermouth High School student received the £2,000 award at his graduation ceremony in recognition of his coaching, fundraising and support for the well-being of his fellow students.

The Edge Hill University Scholarship celebrates students who help to raise the profile of Edge Hill in a positive way through their exceptional contribution to the University.

Andrew was nominated for the award for his work as a voluntary Active Wellbeing Buddy, which involves supporting, motivating and being a friendly face for student participants in an exercise and sport programme designed to improve mental health.

Andrew said: “It sounds like such a cliché but the people I’ve met have genuinely been the best part of my uni experience. I don’t think I’d have made it very far if I didn’t meet some of the most incredibly amazing people from day one.”

He also coaches the Women’s Hockey Team, and has been both Secretary and President of the Men’s Hockey Team. In addition he has raised funds for charities by organising hockey matches and a 12 hour bike ride.

“Andrew strives to go above and beyond and if he commits to something he will ensure it is completed to the best of his ability” said Sports Development Officer Rosa Hussey, who nominated Andrew for the award.

She added: “Andrew demonstrates compassion though the excellent communication and support he offers students on the wellbeing scheme. He is able to adapt himself to best support different types of people who may need support, reassurance and motivation while taking part in the scheme.”

Receiving the scholarship during his ceremony came as a surprise for Andrew.

“In all honesty, I had no idea what was happening when they were saying my name in the ceremony.

“But I have to say it’s just such a grateful feeling knowing that through everything I’ve done someone was watching and noticed. Doing all the work I have was always going to be personally rewarding; knowing that I’ve helped people is the whole reason I wanted to become a psychologist but this is just a great big cherry on top of the cake. So yeah, I’m just glad that I can show all the people who put their faith and effort into making me the person I am today what I’ve achieved because of them!”

To find out more about studying Sport and Exercise Psychology, visit the course page.

 

Degree course became “stable light” for student during health battles

Jesse Hill sitting in front of the main building at Edge Hill UniversityA student who faced “challenge upon challenge” while studying at Edge Hill University, has battled this adversity to graduate with a First Class Honours degree in Creative Writing and Film Studies.

Jesse Hill (24), originally from Glazebury near Leigh, began her studies while suffering from Fibromyalgia, a chronic pain illness which means she is forced to live with fatigue and a near-constant deep ache throughout her body.

“Sometimes it can be almost like an irritating background noise, other times it can be debilitating,” said Jesse. “There is no known cure, it is still a challenge in my life.”

But circumstances were set to get even tougher for Jesse, who now lives in Lathom.

“During my first year, my partner’s Dad, Titus, who I was a carer for before starting the course continued to decline in health and passed in late 2015.

“Then in my second year, I developed stage IV Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which is a cancer of the blood. I had time off to endure six months of chemotherapy, which was thankfully successful, and I remain in remission with the chance of relapse continuing to decline.”

After this period of serious illness for Jesse, her partner’s mum Annie developed breast cancer and sadly passed away in January 2018. Then during Jesse’s final year she was diagnosed with endometriosis, which can cause infertility.

“Given this and the fact that my egg reserve took a hit from the chemo, we took the advice of our fertility consultant and tried for a baby while we could,” said Jesse.

“We got pregnant, but sadly had a miscarriage late last year.

“In a nutshell, I faced challenge upon challenge whilst studying at Edge Hill. Throughout all of these dark times, the time on this course was a stable light for me. It provided me with a focus, opening up the space for cathartic creative expression, all within a network of a supportive community.

“Edge Hill allowed me to take the time I needed to rest and recover so I could return in a more capable state. My tutors became my buttress roots, remaining understanding and compassionate, helping me through with numerous discussions and sincere encouragement. ‘Thanks’ just doesn’t cut it.

“The teaching I’ve been lucky enough to receive throughout my time here has been absolutely outstanding. Not just the rich enthusiasm and knowledge within the class but also the sincere support, human to human. I have deep respect and gratitude for James Byrne, Jenni Woodward and Jenny Barrett.”

Jesse, a former student of Culcheth High School and Winstanley College, will return to Edge Hill in September to continue her studies and complete her Masters, focusing on film poetry. She has created an online community to share discoveries and creations associated with her studies, which can be found at @filmpoetryanthology on Facebook and Instagram.

Jesse also has some advice for current and future students: “Engage in conversation. Be open. And try not to take for granted the absolutely magnificent pools of potential surrounding you.”

Find out more about studying Creative Writing and Film Studies at Edge Hill by visiting the subject page.

 

On the right track with Lime Pictures

Joe Preston

A Film and Television Production graduate has taken the first steps to fulfilling his dream of a career in the industry after landing an internship with Lime Pictures.

Joe Preston (21), from Sheffield, who has earned First Class honours from Edge Hill University, started with the Liverpool-based production company in April.

“The job came about through the year group receiving an email from our tutor, Perelandra Beedles. I applied and lucked out by being invited for an assessment.

“Around 24 hours later I was very fortunate to have been successful, receiving a call with an offer to be a Camera Assistant intern. They have taught me so much about the industry and my role within it and have supported me during the final months of my degree, particularly around meeting coursework deadlines.”

Early experience has proved an eye opener, with 11-hour shifts including a wealth of hands-on industry experience.

“It is a demanding job, physically and mentally. The equipment can be heavy, and the days long, but I have learnt a lot. By the end of this six-month internship, I will be able to apply for camera assistant jobs elsewhere or go freelance.”

A former pupil of Brinsworth Comprehensive (now Brinsworth Academy) in Rotherham, Joe flourished in Art and Film Studies before pursuing the latter interest at Edge Hill. It has proved a natural progression, where he has been able to develop his knowledge and skillset aided by the modern, industry-relevant facilities in Creative Edge on campus in Ormskirk.

“Film and Television Production seemed the best combination between a practical course that involved filmmaking and theory. Coming from a theoretical background has meant that when it came to the practicality of filmmaking there was a lot to learn.

“While I felt uncertain in my ability to catch up with those on my course – who already had practical experience and understanding – I have been able to exploit the facilities to my advantage and learn a great deal.”

Perelandra Beedles, who leads the Independent Television Module which led Joe to this role, believes the unique mixture of practice-based teaching, delivered within a professional TV studio environment, gives students like Joe the edge when applying for entry-level roles.

“Joe has a natural ability as a camera operator and spending time being mentored by the industry professionals we get in, gave him the confidence to apply to Lime. When I saw the apprenticeship, I thought it would be a good fit for him and I am delighted he is already well on his way to having a successful career in TV.”

Joe’s highlights have included developing skills and techniques such as Advanced Post-Production skills, key to inspiring his love for editing and development of technical skills. Experimental final year film module, Creative Self Shooter, also allowed Joe to challenge what he’d learnt, to break rules and experiment with ideas.

“My grandfather passed away suddenly halfway through my degree, so I wanted to create a body of work that would prove to be cathartic and allow me to experiment with the themes of loss. This allowed me to do just that.”

One of those films was screened at the Keswick Film Festival thanks to the influence of Carl Hunter, Senior Lecturer in Media Film and Television and Director of 2019 Bill Nighy-fronted feature Sometimes Always Never.

“I was asked by Carl if he could screen it as the supporting short to his feature. He had also apparently said to one of my tutors that my film was one of the most cinematic pieces of work he had seen at Edge Hill.”

And what advice would be offer students he’s leaving behind, or those who are considering higher education?

“Have fun and use the time to develop your understanding of your subject area. The three years go quickly so use the access to professionals, facilities and resources to your advantage. But, again, have fun!”

Find out more about studying Film and Television Production by visiting the course page.

Lewis sisters push each other to achieve

Two Aughton sisters are celebrating graduating from Edge Hill University with First Class degrees.

Annabel (BA Hons Early Childhood Studies), aged 24 (above left), and Holly Lewis (BA Hons Sports Management and Coaching), 22, both former students of Ormskirk High School, have taken significant steps to pursuing successful careers in their chosen fields. Their proud mother, Amanda, said:

“Myself and their father, Steven, are extremely proud parents. With hard work and determination, they have both achieved First Class degrees and deserve every success.”

“I was never very academic throughout my education and never considered going to University, convinced that it wasn’t for me and that I wouldn’t do well”, admits Annabel. Having studied ICT at college and then pursued an apprenticeship in Business Administration, alongside working full-time in an office, her future appeared to be mapped out – but she wanted more.

“It was clear early on that this was not the career path I wanted to take. Having been surrounded by young children within my family and been a part of their development, it inspired me to want to work with children and to be able to help children.”

Having Edge Hill University on her doorstep proved a key factor in her decision to change career paths – and continued study.

“The Early Childhood Studies degree has given me the opportunity to embark upon a Primary PGCE course, which I am carrying out at Edge Hill next year, as I am aspiring to be a Primary School Teacher.

“This degree gives students many opportunities to work with young children, whether that be Social Worker, Early Years Practitioner or a Primary School Teacher. I have thoroughly enjoyed my degree and I am excited to start my teacher training at the University in September.”

Holly, who graduated a day before her sister on Tuesday 23 July, has been firmly enshrined within her chosen pursuit since Primary School, when she participated in the Lancashire School Games.

A member of Liverpool Pembroke and Sefton Athletics club at the age of 12, Holly competed and trained regularly at The Sports Centre. She said:

“I always wanted to go to University and pursue sports and knew all about the high-quality facilities here.”

Inspired by her health-related modules, she is particularly grateful for the guidance provided by Andy Smith and David Haycock – while her dissertation subject (mental health promotion and awareness) is aimed at helping her find an opportunity within the health sector, a process which is currently ongoing. Holly said:

“The degree gives students the opportunity to work with children and adults when coaching. It gives you an insight into working alongside stakeholders and covers a variety of modules ranging from health to business.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the course, it gave me the opportunity to go back to my college (KGV) to present a presentation on my course and experiences at University to encourage students to go to Edge Hill University.”

Annabel added:

“Studying at Edge Hill has enabled us both to drive one another to do well. It particularly helped within our third year when writing our dissertations, as we were able to work together at home and help each other where needed.”

Find out about studying Early Childhood Studies at Edge Hill University by visiting our course page.

More information on studying Sports Management and Coaching at Edge Hill University can be found on this course page.

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