Edge Hill University

2015 League Table Ranking 89
2015 Overall Score 569
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Student-Staff Ratio 16.8 Help
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  • Delivering higher education since 1885, when it was the first non-denominational teacher training college for women in 1885. In 1892 it was one of only two colleges in England combining teacher training and degree course study.
  • The campus moved to Ormskirk, 15 miles outside Liverpool, in 1933.
  • Edge Hill became a mixed college, admitting its first male students in October 1959, when it had about 500 students in total.
  • In 2005, Edge Hill was granted Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Privy Council.
  • On 18 May 2006 the institution became Edge Hill University and in August 2008 the university was granted the power to award research degrees.
  • The University now has an academic community of 10,000 full time students, a further 12,000 on part time professional development programmes and nearly 4,000 staff.

Location and Transport

  • Campus located in Ormskirk with locations across the north west and into the West Midlands.
  • 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.
  • A green travel plan which is set up to help the environment and lower the university's carbon footprint.

Student Mix

The 16750 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

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Mode of Study
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Student Gender

Teaching Standards

  • Commended for Teaching and Learning in every one of the last 5 QAA subject reviews.
  • Faculty of Health: Nursing and Midwifery Council (ex-ENB) combined reviews – highest rated provider in the North West Strategic Health Authority in both 1999 (22/24) and 2004 ('commended' in all cells). In 2008 and 2011 respectively judged as 'outstanding' for practice-based learning and 'good' in all other aspects for our work in Nursing.

Research Standards

  • In the 2008 RAE assessment, research in History, Education, Geography, Social Policy & Administration, Nursing & Midwifery, and English Literature & Language gained three- or four-star classifications.
  • 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.
  • Edge Hill University’s Professor Philip Murphy and the Cognitive Science Research Group are currently undertaking research into how the misuse of cannabis and ecstasy (MDMA) impairs cognitive performance such as memory and reasoning as well as its effect on mood disturbances. The group’s research focuses on the effects of drug misuse on working memory (memory which helps us to cope with the immediate world around us) including the ability to update our representations of what is happening, and the ability to switch the focus of our attention.
  • Professor Kevern Verney, an Associate Dean in Research at Edge Hill University, has contributed significantly to the improvement of knowledge and understanding of black civil rights and race relations in the United States.His most recent research focuses on Barack Obama and he is the Co-Organiser/Investigator for The Obama Research Network.

Academic Strengths

  • More than 200 undergraduate routes to choose from plus Master’s degrees and research programmes.
  • Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
  • As a result of excellent links with employers, 75% of graduates leave with qualifications that have professional recognition.
  • Edge Hill also boasts strong levels of graduate employment, with 93.4% of full-time degree students finding work or further study within six months of graduating, which places the university in the top 10% nationally (HESA 2013).
  • The university is the largest provider of Initial Teacher Training for secondary education in the UK.
  • Biology is top in the UK for overall satisfaction, teaching and academic support.
  • Psychology and Dance also feature in the national top two for assessment and feedback, with Dance also coming second in the UK for personal development.
  • Sociology features in the top three in the country for personal development and academic support.
  • Creative Writing is in the top three in the UK for academic support;
  • Physical Geography and Environmental Science is in the top four in the UK for teaching,
  • History ranks in the top five for academic support.

Student Facilities

  • Learning Innovation Centre with 200 computers with 24-hour access.
  • Creative Edge, a £17-million Media and Computing Hub provides resources and equipment on a par with those used by the BBC at MediaCity UK including: TV studios with broadcast capacity and full production capabilities for news, drama, documentary; recording studios; lighting studio, sound editing suites; radio studio; animation studios; photographic studio; multimedia laboratory; practice rooms; forensics laboratories; computer laboratories.
  • University library contains 250,000 books, journals, audio-visual items and electronic services (including 11,000 electronic journals and 45,000 e-books).
  • The faculty of health provides 7,000 m2 (75,000 sq ft) of teaching and learning space and an 860-seater lecture. It also includes the Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre, which mocks up hospital ward environments with industry standard equipment for hands-on learning.
  • The Performing Arts building and adjacent Rose Theatre were extended in 2012, adding social spaces and a bistro to enhance facilities for students and public performance. The Arts Centre was officially opened by British screen-writer and writer of the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, Frank Cottrell Boyce, who is an Honorary Doctor of Literature at the University.
  • The Arts Centre includes a 250-seat professional theatre (The Rose Theatre), a 100-seat Studio Theatre, several smaller performance spaces, landscaping to support outdoor performance, and specialist teaching spaces including studios for dance, design, music and sound, and rehearsal.
  • Students at Edge Hill are able to get real world experience of working at a record label. The Label Recordings is Edge Hill’s independent label without contracts, which has been set up by the University to promote existing new music and students eyeing-up a career in the competitive industry some real hands-on experience. It offers a musical journey that invites musicians and bands to collaborate with students, who will be given the opportunity to learn about the music industry by becoming part of the music industry. They are involved in all aspects including searching for emerging talent, music production, video production, releasing tracks and organising live events.


Disability Services

  • Find out about disability services at Edge Hill University on the website.

Students' Union

  • The Student Hub, a new 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.
  • The Venue is the on-campus student bar and the hub of student life, hosting new live music nightCantinain partnership with Liverpool Sound City, a high profile promoter known for championing up and coming acts.
  • 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 Circus Skills, Skydiving, Disney, Real Ale and Belly Dancing.
  • The union arranges a number of club nights to local venues in nearby Liverpool, Preston and Southport.
  • The Edge Hill Student Union was shortlisted for Best Small SU of the Year in the 2012 NUS awards
  • Vibe Media, the Edge Hill Student Union’s integrated online magazine, radio station and TV channel launched in 2012. Log on at www.vibemedia.co.
  • Judged the best Students' Union in the North West, according to the 2013 National Student Survey.


  • 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.
  • A new sports complex, including a £15m sports centre, all weather pitches and playing fields will be completed in September 2013. The second phase of this development, a £30-million project to build a new indoor and outdoor sports complex, is due for completion by the end of 2014.
  • Edge Hill recently welcomed teams from the Marshall Islands, American Samoa and Palau to the Ormskirk campus as part of London 2012 pre-training camps, winning a bronze Podium Award for working in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University and UCLAN to host the athletes. 
  • The facilities are in use by professional clubs such as Everton FC and St Helens RLFC.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • £183.5m invested in the campus in the last decade which includes a new sports complex, further on-campus student accommodation the new £17 million Creative Edge building that houses students from the departments of Media and Computing. The building will provide facilities that reflect real-life work spaces within the digital and creative industries to better prepare students for the jobs market.
  • The University’s Biology department was extended in 2013 with a new floor of lab space and enhanced facilities for research. New courses in Ecology and Human Biology have also been launched to complement the investment.
  • The past three years have seen the opening of a new on-campus student accommodation, Chancellors Court, and the £2-m 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.
  • Recent years have seen the opening of a £13.5-m Student Hub and also new student halls of residence, health and wellbeing centre and a sports therapy suite.
  • The 2009, £8-m Business and Law School houses Business, Law and Criminology students. The building includes a lecture theatre and 'moot' room, which is a mock-up of a courtroom.

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, Club Med, etc, as well as local jobs.
  • 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.

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

  • www.edgehill.ac.uk
  • enquiries@edgehill.ac.uk
  • +44 (0)1695 575171
  • Edge Hill University
    Ormskirk Campus
    St Helens Road
    L39 4QP
UCAS Code E42
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