Edge Hill University is based on an award-winning campus in Lancashire, close to Liverpool and Manchester. The university has been providing higher education since 1885, based on an ethos of opportunity from knowledge. Its academic community comprises 14,256 students.


On the outskirts of a city or town


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site


Located on a green space in, or near to, a city or town centre

UCAS Code: E42

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 78%
  • Postgraduate 22%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 78%
  • Part Time 22%

Where students come from

  • UK 98%
  • EU 1%
  • Other 1%

Student gender

  • Male 32%
  • Female 68%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • In the new Catalyst building at the heart of the campus, open 24/7, the university library contains 230,000 books, journals, audio-visual items and electronic services.
  • The library's IT facilities include open-access PCs and 24/7 computer laboratories.

Student jobs

  • New students are encouraged to engage with the Careers Centre as soon as possible to take advantage of the part-time jobs on offer through the Edge Hill Works vacancy service.
  • These include an increasing number of student jobs in various roles on campus, where students are supported in developing their confidence and skills.
  • In term-time, local employers are on campus each week offering part-time work via Edge Hill Works employer liaison activities; in addition the university also promotes summer opportunities at home and abroad.

Careers advice

  • The award-winning Careers Centre offers a range of support to its students and graduates, working closely with the academic departments – employability is designed into the curriculum, which can include careers modules, employer guest speakers and careers events. 
  • The Careers Centre offers volunteering opportunities, placements and events, and provides a wide range of resources through the Careers Centre website.
  • Face-to-face, telephone and e-guidance are all available, together with a graduate vacancy service and help with making effective applications.

Health services

  • A Health and Well-being Centre is available to all students, offering practical advice and signposting on a range of issues including mental health, diet, exercise, sexual health and general well-being.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The counselling team provide one-to-one counselling and a range of workshops, seminars and training for all students to support them through their time at university.

Disability support

  • The Inclusion team provides various support options to Edge Hill University applicants and current students who have additional requirements.
  • This includes advice on funding applications and the support students may be entitled to while studying at Edge Hill.

Other services and facilities

  • The Arts Centre includes two professional theatres offering a programme of performance, film, music and comedy –students can see a number of free shows each semester.
  • The Student Hub provides a variety of food outlets, big-screen pods for group work and gaming, and a giant TV/movie/games screen.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union is based in the heart of the campus, and operates its own bar, food outlet, shop and SUBWAY™, and provides a year-round programme of entertainment.
  • The SU Advice Centre offers free, independent and confidential advice to hundreds of students every year, on academic queries and complaints, housing and landlord problems, and personal issues.
  • A wide range of societies are run by the Students' Union, with annual awards ceremonies held to celebrate student achievements.


  • Edge Hill was founded in 1885 as the first non-denominational teacher training college for women.
  • The institution was founded in Edge Hill, Liverpool, but quickly outgrew its campus – moving to the current Ormskirk location in 1933.
  • In 2018 Edge Hill University launched its Medical School, one of three new freestanding Medical Schools announced by the Government in that year.

Fascinating Fact

  • Edge Hill University has historic links to the Suffragette movement, symbolised by the university’s colours of gold, green and heliotrope (purple).

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Stuart Maconie – author, journalist and broadcaster.
  • Jonathan Pryce – BAFTA-nominated and TONY Award-winning actor.
  • Helena Normanton QC – the UK's first ever female barrister.
  • Danny Howard – DJ and BBC Radio 1 presenter.
  • Kerry Howard – actor.
  • Nazia Mogra – BBC Newsround presenter.
  • Mike Rush – CEO of St Helens Rugby FC.
  • Sue Smith – former England international footballer.
  • Stuart Stokes – athlete who competed for TeamGB in the 3,000m steeplechase at London 2012 Olympics.
  • Ethel Annakin – British socialist and politician.
  • Ruth Madeley – BAFTA-nominated actor.


Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 4QP