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Edge Hill University

Edge Hill University was founded in 1885 as the first non-denominational teacher training college for women. The college was initially founded in Liverpool but moved to Ormskirk in 1933. It was not until 2005 that it was awarded the power to grant taught degrees and in 2006 it was renamed Edge Hill University. The university has over 13,000 students across its 11 faculties.

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Edge Hill University

The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the Edge Hill University.

  • Rankings

    Edge Hill University was ranked 57th in the UK by the Complete University guide league tables 2024.

  • Employability

    The majority of our programmes lead to professional qualification, accreditation or endorsement in addition to an academic award. Placements, work experience and study abroad are widely available in all Faculties, and our excellent links with employers mean that students have many opportunities to enhance their employability while they study. Edge Hill is one of the top public universities in the country for graduate employment 95.6% of students employed or in further study within 15 months of graduating (Graduate Outcomes data released 2023).

  • Fees

    Fees for UK undergraduates will be £9,250 per year. For international students, the fees will begin at £16,500 and may increase depending on the course that student’s study.

  • Bursaries

    There are an array of scholarships and bursaries on offer from Edge Hill University. Find out more here.


The Uni Compare rankings placed Edge Hill among the top 4% of all universities in the UK in 2023 and revealed that 100% of students who submitted reviews said they would recommend the institution. All the halls of residence are located on the university campus, and in walking distance of lectures. Edge Hill University guarantees accommodation to all its first-year students and has a range of accommodation options available, including: en-suite; shared bathroom; catered and self-catered. Prices range from £80 to £145 per week depending on the type of accommodation that students choose. Find out more here: Many second and third year students choose to live in private halls and use accommodation for students to accompany their search.

Students' Union

The Students’ Union at Edge Hill University is the student hub of the campus. The Union is run by a team of elected sabbatical officers as well as student trustees. It is the aim of the union to support all of the students at Edge Hill and ensure that they are fairly represented. There are over 70 societies at Edge Hill and students are encouraged to join. In 2012 Edge Hill Students’ Union was shortlisted for the National Union of Students’ Union of the year award.

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Famous for

Edge Hill University has many notable alumni, such as Mark Edwardson, TV News presenter, Joe Ainsworth, scriptwriter for Holby City and Julie Cooper, member of parliament and shadow health minister.


The Centre for Mental Health, Sport and Physical Activity Research (CMSPR) is the latest development in Edge Hill’s high-quality mental health research which has world-leading impact.

AFS says

"Ormskirk is a market town in West Lancashire 13 miles north of Liverpool city centre with a good range of student accommodation."

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