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We‘ve always been ambitious for our students and our university. Since 1933, our campus has welcomed, inspired, accommodated and empowered our students to achieve.

It’s a visionary approach which has seen £350 million invested in the past decade alone on intelligently designed study spaces, sports facilities, living quarters and simulated workplaces. Add to that, an exciting £35 million redevelopment featuring an all-new Students’ Union alongside ultra-modern accommodation and Life Sciences building, and our students couldn’t be better placed to meet, study, work, engage and create.

As we celebrate the past 90 years of excellence at our Ormskirk campus we revisit Maya’s whistle-stop tour.

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An artist's impression of the proposed new Students' Union building and accommodation at Edge Hill University.

An even better place to live, study and enjoy – £52m investment set to transform campus

Cutting-edge learning facilities, home-from-home accommodation, and places to relax and make memories are all part of a £35 million redevelopment of Edge Hill’s central campus, due for completion in September 2024.

Edge Hill’s largest-ever investment in accommodation will see 232 ensuite rooms built on the former Back Halls site, supporting the increasing demand for campus-based living.

And a brand-new Students’ Union facility will revitalise the campus with flexible spaces for day and night-time events and dedicated areas for retail and food and drink outlets. It will also provide a new base for student support facilities.

A new Life Sciences building costing a further £17.4m aims to support our next generation of researchers and students, boosting the University’s capabilities in Biomedical research in areas such as cancer, neurobiology, genetic skin conditions and ageing.

Exterior of Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre

Preparing future medical and social care professionals for the real world

Ultrasound scanners, operating theatres and simulators presenting challenging conditions like sepsis are just some of the training aids and areas in our Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre.

Opened in 2019, the £4 million facility prepares social care and medicine students for the real world, throwing them into various simulated environments from home through primary and emergency care to secondary care and beyond. 

It’s also home to the UK’s first parent and carer training facility, which, with Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, shows parents how to provide essential care for their children once they go home.

A shot of the spiral staircase, bookshelves and seating on the second floor of Catalyst.

Study and support services at the heart of campus

The Catalyst building is our students’ one-stop-shop for study and support, right in the heart of campus.

Opened in 2018 by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, the five-floor £27 million facility houses the University library, Careers and Student Services.

Students can access Catalyst 24/7, making the most of vastly increased study spaces. It’s home to 230,000 books, computers and printing hubs. There are also group pods, bookable study rooms and a silent study area surrounded by a roof terrace and garden.

External entrance of the Tech Hub

Creating the environment for ‘lightbulb moments’

Our Technology Hub is supporting students and local businesses to be innovation leaders.

The £13 million facility – part-funded by the Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) – opened in 2016 to ensure graduates had in-demand industry skills and to support local and regional economic growth.

The ‘hub’ houses the UK’s first immersive 3D environment, letting users experience real-life scenarios like complex surgery. It also boasts state-of-the-art biotechnology labs, big data servers for research and a Harvard-style lecture theatre.

Its ‘Tech Sandpit’ brings students and businesses together to discuss challenges and work on solutions, and ‘The Hatchery’ is a dedicated working space for new business ideas.

Wide angle image of students walking away from the Geosciences building / Geosciences

Career-boosting facilities in Geoscience

Our industry-standard labs and equipment give our geography, geology and environmental science students a head-start in their future careers.

The revamped Geosciences building was opened in 2016 with a new lab for physical geography and environmental science teaching, two analytical and research labs and a geotechnical engineering lab.

We’re one of the only universities in the country to have equipment to test the properties of rocks, soils and sediments. It allows students to undertake life-ready research, such as the skid of different materials in road building.

Creative Edge exterior

The whole media experience – all on campus

Our Creative Edge building is celebrating 10 years of supporting students to become versatile creative performers, producers, writers and thinkers.

The £17 million facility is home to TV studios with broadcast capacity and full production capabilities, recording studios, sound editing suites, animation studios, photographic and radio studios, and a multimedia lab. 

It’s packed with industry-standard equipment from motorised lighting rigs and dedicated Mac labs with the latest audio software to a chroma key infinity wall and the latest microphones.

The outside of The Arts Centre

It’s all for show

Our Arts Centre showcases our home-grown talent and brings big names to campus for students and the wider community to enjoy, such as comedians Russell Kane and Katherine Ryan.

It houses two purpose-built studios, a media production centre and the 200-capacity Rose Theatre, complete with a bar and even a grand piano.

There are student-led productions and more informal opportunities to demonstrate talent, from Open Mic Nights to Poetry Slams. And there are regular screenings of blockbusters, cult classics, and seasonal favourites. 

edge hill sports centre exterior shot

Game-changing sports facilities 

Our Sports Centre is worthy of a gold medal with competition-standard facilities and fitness suites that belong in a five-star hotel.

The £30 million state-of-the-art centre boasts an eight-court sports hall with viewing gallery, a 25-metre swimming pool, an 80-station fitness suite, an aerobics studio, a health suite with sauna and steam rooms, a café and a lounge area.

The outside is just as impressive, with one of the largest running tracks in Europe, multiple pitches and courts, an athletics field and a ‘trim trail’ with exercise stations.

Heptathlon world champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson officially opened the Sports Centre in 2015.

The inside living room of one of Edge Hill University's student accommodation buildings

Home-from-home accommodation

Students studying at the Faculties of Education or Health, Social Care and Medicine may choose to set up home at the nearby Graduates Court.

Made up of five halls of residence, it offers every student an ensuite shower room and impressive communal space, including a shared kitchen and dining space.

Students who prefer things a little bit quieter can request rooms in areas of the halls where lower noise levels are expected 24/7.