Edge Hill University

2014 League Table Ranking 85
2014 Overall Score 547
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Entry Standards 305 Help
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Student-Staff Ratio 17.2 Help
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Academic Services Spend 1,093 Help
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Student Satisfaction 4.05 Help
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Facilities Spend 257 Help
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Graduate Prospects 62.3 Help
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Degree Completion 83.6 Help
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  • Delivering higher education for 128 years,  when it was the first non-denominational teacher training college for women in 1885.
  • The main campus moved to Ormskirk, 15 miles outside Liverpool, in 1933.

Location and transport

  • Main campus in Ormskirk and 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 and 30 minutes from Liverpool and Preston by train.
  • A green travel plan which is set up to help the environment and lower the university's carbon footprint.

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.
  • Faculty of Education judged 'outstanding' by OfSTED (2011) in all possible 33 graded areas and in every phase of its teacher training provision – Early Years, Primary and Secondary.

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.

Academic strengths

  • Around 200 undergraduate routes to choose from, plus Foundation Degrees, diploma and professional development 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 is in the UK top 20 and in the top two in the north west for graduate employability figures, based on the latest HESA First Destination of Leavers survey, which found 92.4% of the university's graduates to be in work or further studies within six months of leaving.
  • The university is the largest provider of Initial Teacher Training for secondary education in the UK.
  • Edge Hill ranked top in the North West in the most recent National Student Survey, for Personal Development and Assessment & Feedback.
  • Sociology is ranked top in the UK for Teaching.  

Other results include:

  • Computer Science – top in the region and in the national top three for student satisfaction. 
  • Drama – top for Teaching in the North West.
  • Creative Writing – top p in the region and second out of all English institutions for student satisfaction. Our courses are also top in the country for Personal Development, Academic Support and Course Organisation.
  • Nursing – learning resources to support our Nursing degree programmes are in the top four in the country.
  • Psychology – top in the region and fifth out of all English institutions for overall student satisfaction. 

Student facilities, including library and computing

  • Learning Innovation Centre with 200 computers with 24-hour access, TV and radio studios with the latest digital technology, satellite TV facilities and multimedia production.
  • University library contains 250,000 books, journals, audio-visual items and electronic services (including 11,000 electronic journals and 45,000 e-books). A coffee bar available for students to unwind after a hard day of studying.

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.


  • 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.
  • 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

  • Expansion plans worth £55m were recently recommended for approval, including a new sports complex, further on-campus student accommodation and the acquisition of land to the east of the campus for further redevelopment. This includes a development for the new £16-m Creative Edge building that will house 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.  
  • £155m invested in the campus in the last decade. This year has 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. 
  • The past two years have seen a new £13.5-m Student Hub in the past year and also new student halls of residence, health and wellbeing centre and a sports therapy suite in recent years.

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.

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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