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Edge Hill University

2016 League Table Ranking 82
2016 Overall Score 592
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Entry Standards 317 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 15.7 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 2.22 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,303 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.16 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 436 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 58.2 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 86.2 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 65.8 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 49.1 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • Edge Hill was founded in 1885 as the first non-denominational teacher training college for women, admitting 45 students.
  • Since then it has grown to become an academic community of 10,000 full time students, a further 6,000 on part time professional development programmes and nearly 4,000 staff.

Location and Transport

  • The Edge Hill university campus is in Ormskirk, 15 miles from Liverpool.
  • A free bus-link between Ormskirk and the campus for all students and staff.
  • The campus is 5 minutes from the M58 by car, 30 minutes from Liverpool and Preston by train and 40 minutes from Manchester by car.
  • The University has its own green travel plan which is set up to help the environment and lower the university's carbon footprint.
  • Safest Campus in the North West for third year running (Complete University Guide).
  • Top 20 campus for making a great first impression – making students feel at home straight away (YouthSight 2014).

Entry Standards

  • Typical entry grades for 2016 entry are in the range 280–320 UCAS tariff points.

Student Mix

The 16,750 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Sandwich placements and years abroad are available in the majority of degree programmes.
  • Most degrees can be studies part-time on a modular basis.

Teaching Standards

  • Top for in the North West Personal Development and Assessment and Feedback (National Student Survey 2014).
  • The University has been commended for Teaching and Learning in every one of the last 5 QAA subject reviews.
  • A wide range of professional accreditations means that 75% of graduates leave with qualifications that have professional recognition.
  • Organised by the Edge Hill Students’ Union, annual Teaching Excellence Awards celebrate teaching practice, with over 1,000 nominations received from the student body.
  • The university holds the Matrix Standard, recognising the quality of its student advice and guidance services.

Research Standards

  • The latest Research Excellence Framework (2014) identified 'world-leading' research in ten subject areas and ‘internationally excellent’ research in all areas submitted.
  • The Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice (I4P) is a cross-disciplinary research and knowledge exchange initiative. Work with the institute includes undertaking commissioned evaluations and funded research projects which reflect critically on the developments and possibilities for public and third sector collaboration.
  • The Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE) is a practice-led and theoretically grounded interdisciplinary research forum, connecting the university with the digital and creative economy and cultural institutions to share expertise, develop partnerships, contribute to debates and promote citizen engagement.
  • The Postgraduate Medical Institute, a partnership between Edge Hill University and regional health professionals and providers seeks to improve the quality of health and social care in the North West through education, research and innovation.

Academic Strengths

  • The University has a strong reputation for career-oriented practice-based professional education.
  • Edge Hill boasts strong levels of graduate employment, with 95.3% of full-time degree students finding work or further study within six months of graduating, which makes the university one of the top eight public universities for graduate employment in England (HESA 2014).
  • As a result of excellent links with employers, 75% of graduates leave with qualifications that have professional recognition.
  • The University is the largest provider of Initial Teacher Training in the UK. More than 200 undergraduate routes to choose from plus Master’s degrees and research programmes.

Student Facilities

  • Priding itself on being one of the best campus environments in the UK, Edge Hill University provides excellent facilities for learning, living and socialising.
  • Recent years have seen the opening of a £13.5-million Student Hub, a £17-million Media and Computing building, a health and wellbeing centre and a sports therapy suite. Facilities for performing arts, biosciences, geosciences have been recently extended and upgraded.
  • In 2015 the University will open a new £30-million sports complex which will ensure students, staff and the local community enjoy some of the best sports facilities in the country.
  • University library contains 250,000 books, journals, audio-visual items and electronic services (including 11,000 electronic journals and 45,000 e-books).

Disability Services

  • The Inclusion team provides various support options to Edge Hill University applicants and current students who have additional requirements.
  • This includes assistance with completing DSA applications and the support you may be entitled to while studying at EHU.
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Students' Union

  • Judged the best Students' Union in the North West, according to the 2013 National Student Survey, and shortlisted for Best Small SU of the Year in the 2012 NUS awards.
  • The Student Hub, a one-stop shop for all student needs, opened in September 2011 after a £13.5-m development, with new dining and retail outlets and IT facilities.
  • A variety of sports teams through the Athletics Union office including football, rugby, hockey, athletics, badminton, tennis, karate, swimming and water polo.
  • A growing number of societies covering a vast range of interests including Circus Skills, Skydiving, Disney, Real Ale and Belly Dancing.
  • Vibe Media, the Edge Hill Student Union’s integrated online magazine, radio station and TV channel launched in 2012.


  • Edge Hill has some of the best sporting facilities in the region. It is the only North West higher education institute to hold the national Inclusive Fitness Initiative Mark accreditation. There is a sports hall and a separate gym on site, as well as squash, tennis, football and much more.
  • In 2015 the University will open a new £30 million sports complex which will ensure students, staff and the local community enjoy some of the best sports facilities in the country. The development will include a new Sports Centre with a 25m swimming pool, 100-station fitness suite, sauna, steam room, aerobics studio, and a multi-court sports hall with viewing gallery.
  • The facilities are in use by professional clubs such as Everton FC and St Helens RLFC.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • £183.5 million invested in the campus in the last decade which includes a new sports complex, further on-campus student accommodation and the new £17-million Creative Edge building that houses students from the departments of Media and Computing.
  • A new £13-milliom Halls of Residence, Chancellor’s Court South, was opened in 2014. Boasting 246 rooms, all have a flat screen computer and Freeview TVs, en-suite bathrooms and shared kitchens and living areas.
  • The University’s Biology department was extended in 2013 with a new floor of lab space and enhanced facilities for research.
  • The past four years have seen the opening of a new on-campus student accommodation, Chancellors Court and Chancellor’s Court South, and the £2-million refurbishment of the Arts Centre, a state-of-the-art teaching and learning facility for Performing Arts students which included extensions to the existing theatre, additional indoor and outdoor performance spaces and a new bar.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • New students are encouraged to engage with the Careers Centre as soon as possible to take advantage of the wide range of part-time jobs that are on offer through the Job Club.
  • This includes national and international opportunities for the summer, such as working at Wimbledon or Glastonbury, Camp America, and Club Med, as well as local jobs.
  • The Careers Centre has partnerships with over 300 employers including Enterprise Rent-a-Car, KPMG, Matalan, Asda and Pilkington and supports the recruitment needs of employers by offering a free vacancy service for graduate, part-time, summer and volunteering opportunities.
  • The University also works with local employers, building positive relationships so that students in part-time work are supported in terms of developing their skills and confidence.

Careers Guidance

  • The Careers Centre provides free, expert guidance on all aspects of career planning; including finding a job, progressing in a role and also changing direction.
  • Alumni can book a one-to-one advice session for a year after graduating, and still receive careers advice via email for another two years after that. The careers team also provide online resources on everything from interview techniques to the perfect CV, information about career workshops and fairs, and access to hundreds of job vacancies across the UK.
  • The Careers Centre has partnerships with over 300 employers such as Enterprise Rent-a-Car, KPMG, Matalan, Asda and Pilkington and supports the recruitment needs of employers by offering a free vacancy service for graduate, part-time, summer and volunteering opportunities. Edge Hill Works is the business facing unit of the Careers Centre, helping students and employers to connect to find graduate jobs, placements and volunteering opportunities.

Notable Alumni

  • Stuart Maconie – author, journalist and broadcaster.
  • Jonathan Pryce – actor.
  • Sue Smith –English international footballer who plays for Doncaster Rovers Belles and England.
  • Stuart Stokes – athlete, competed for TeamGB in the 3000m Steeplechase at London 2012.
  • Danny Howard – DJ and Presenter of BBC Radio 1’s Dance Anthems.
  • Ethel Snowdon – British Socialist and politician, wife of Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Snowdon.
  • Helena Normanton – the UK’s first ever female Barrister (1922) and first woman to bring a prosecution at the Old Bailey.
  • Kerry Howard – actress.

For further information

  • +44 (0)1695 575171
  • Edge Hill University
    Ormskirk Campus
    St Helens Road
    L39 4QP
UCAS Code E42
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