Edge Hill University is an award-winning campus-based public university in Ormskirk, in Lancashire, which is close to Liverpool and Manchester. It’s roots can be traced back to 1885 when Edge Hill College first opened its doors to the all-women student body. In 1959, male students were admitted for the first time. It was granted “Taught Degree Awarding Powers” in 2005 and thus became Edge Hill University in 2016. The institution’s mission is to “create opportunity from knowledge” and it has been doing just that ever since its foundation. Nowadays, the university is renowned and is recognized by a variety of awards and high rankings (for teaching, students experience, accommodation, among other things). It was ranked as “Gold” in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The campus is made up of three faculties, Arts and Sciences, Education, and Health and Social Care. Programmes are taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Edge Hill University earned a top reputation by delivering outstanding courses and supporting its students. Speaking of its students: in the 2015/16 academic year there were 11,995 undergraduate students and 3,545 postgraduate students enrolled in programmes at Edge Hill University. On top of excellent courses, the university has many global opportunities to offer its students.
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Edge Hill Univeristy is situated in Ormskirk under half an hour away from Liverpool by car and train, where I personally studied Psychology. On my three year BPS accredited psychology course I was introduced to a variety of different areas of psychology, from the more widely recognised clinical, social, and forensic psychology, to the more recently researched psychology in the virtual world. However, In the first two years students have no choice in what modules they undertake, therefore leading undergraduates who studied psychology at A-level to go over information they have already learnt.
In students third year though, they are given the opportunity to choose some of their modules, giving a wide choice in the subjects that they can learn about. Furthermore, they can also choose the title of their dissertation, unlike many other universities, which force you to write a paper on a question not of your choosing. Lecturers are also very helpful when it comes to writing and researching for your dissertation.
The main thing however that drew me to Edge Hill University, was its beautiful campus and accommodation. The campus is small and picturesque, with the necessities (Shop, library, computer rooms, bar), and the higher-end accommodation, which I stayed in was clean, well furnished with shared kitchen, en-suite, and computers in the bedrooms.
Overall, Edge Hill was a great university experience.
The best thing about this university is definitely the library and all the helpful staff. When it comes to crucial moments in the semester, you will not get support as good anywhere else. They also open the library to 24 hours, which is something I have found not all universities do – like my current.
With everything on one site, there is no need to venture out into the big city and get lost. But at least Liverpool is about 20 minutes away so that if you ever want the big city life, that’s not far off either.
Overall, you will not find a university like Edge Hill. It really is one of a kind.
The campus is great and constantly growing/being developed. The accommodation is brilliant and any issues are resolved promptly. The course could, perhaps, have a few more contact hours (we’re on 3 hours a week at the minute), but I’m satisfied overall and think the career prospects are good, providing you take the opportunities given to you.