Edge Hill University


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Overall ranking: Came 82nd out of 126 in the Complete University Guide for 2016.

History: Founded in 1885 in the Edge Hill district of Liverpool as the first non-denominational teacher training college for women. Moved to Ormskirk in 1933. It was granted taught degree awarding powers in November 2005 and full university status in Spring 2006. Research degree awarding powers were granted in August 2008.

Address: Main campus on the edge of Ormskirk, Lancs. Continuing professional development is at Woodlands in Chorley.

Ambience: The 75-acre Ormskirk site comprises a number of steel and glass edifices built around the original 1930s building. Wrought-iron sculptures adorn the grounds. Close to some lovely countryside and the seaside at Southport. Manchester and Liverpool are near enough for easy access and frequent kicks.

Who's the boss? Social geographer Dr John Cater is vice-chancellor.

Prospectus: 01695 657 000 or request one here.

UCAS code: E42

What you need to know

Easy to get into? For most degrees you need 280-320 UCAS points. At the higher end are primary education and English.

Vital statistics: Applications to Edge Hill University have increased four-fold since 2000. The university now boasts over 9,000 full-time undergrads. Edge Hill is the largest provider of Initial Teacher Training for secondary education and foundation degrees for classroom assistants in the UK. It also has a number of distance learning, online, work-based learning and part-time students studying in a range of settings around the UK.

Added value: Approximately £135m has been invested in the campus over the last decade with a further £70m of planned investment in new facilities. A £14m Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning opened in 2008 and an £8m business, law and criminology building followed in January 2009. Developments in recent years include new student halls of residence and the £15m Student Hub, which houses the Edge Hill Students' Union and provides new social, ICT and dining areas. In the last year the university has invested £41m in facilities. A huge new £30m sports complex "offering some of the best facilities in the country" is set for completion later this year. Edge Hill also recently opened its £17m flagship building, Creative Edge, boasting industry-standard equipment for its animation, media, film, advertising and computing degrees. To complete the recent investments, Edge Hill also has a new £4m Biosciences building, upgraded accommodation for Geosciences and a further 273 student bed spaces on Campus. The new facilities now mean several new undergraduate courses are on offer, from games programming to security and forensics.

Teaching: 16th out of 126 for student satisfaction with teaching in the Complete University Guide.

Graduate prospects: 94th out of 126 with 58.2 per cent finding graduate level employment.

Any accommodation? Yes. Costs are from as low as £63, and go up to £112 per week for a room in student accommodation, depending on whether you want self-catering or full board.

Cheap to live there? Yes. Private sector rents are between around £69 and £90 per week.

Transport links: To get to Ormskirk from London, you need to take a train to Liverpool and change. Nationwide connections can also be made at Preston, or you can simply hop on a bus. The M6 and M58 motorways are just three miles away.

Fees: Edge Hill charges £9,000 for new Home/EU undergraduates and £10,950 for overseas students.

Bursaries: The university offers countless bursaries and scholarships. Some include the Care Leaver's Bursary of £1,000; the Helena Kennedy Foundation bursary for disadvantaged students; NHS bursaries; and a £1,000 scholarship if students achieve 320 points from a maximum of three subjects at A2 or equivalent in one sitting. For detailed information on current scholarships, see here.

The fun stuff

Nightlife: The Venue is the social hub on campus, with dance nights, quizzes, resident and visiting DJs and live music. For a more cosmopolitan buzz, try Garlands in Liverpool or Manchester's “village” area.

Price of a pint: £2.68 on average in Liverpool itself, but much cheaper drinks are sold in the Students' Union.

Sporting reputation: So, so- 93rd out of 145 in the current BUCS league.

Notable societies: There's a Disney society for unashamed fans and a great Rock & Roll American Dance club. Plenty of sports-based, academic and international clubs too.

Glittering alumni: Freda Lightfoot, novelist; Jonathan Pryce, actor; Stuart Maconie, DJ and author, Helena Normanton, the UK’s first female barrister and first woman to bring a prosecution at the Old Bailey, and the late Steve Sinnott, former general secretary of the National Union of Teachers.

Alternative prospectus: Visit the Edge Hill University page on The Student Room website, here.