Edge Hill University
|Edge Hill College (1885-2006)|
|Motto||In Scientia Opportunitas
In knowledge there is opportunity
|Location||Ormskirk, Lancashire, England|
|Colours||Green and Purple|
Edge Hill University is a campus-based public university situated in Ormskirk, Lancashire, England. The institution was opened on 24 January 1885 as Edge Hill College, the first non-denominational teacher training college for women in England, before admitting its first male students in 1959. In 2005, Edge Hill was granted Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Privy Council and became Edge Hill University on 18 May 2006.
Edge Hill was named University of the Year in 2014 in the 10th annual Times Higher Education Awards. The University had been shortlisted three times previously, 2007/8, 2010/11 and 2011/12 making it the only university to be shortlisted four times in seven years. In 2015 the university was named the Times Higher Education's Best University Workplace after claiming the number one spot in all four key markers of a contented workforce in the Times Higher Education (THE) Best University Workplace Survey.
The university's campus is situated in Ormskirk in West Lancashire and was named the safest campus to live at in the North West and the fifth-safest in the country by The Complete University Guide. A focus on sustainability has resulted in Edge Hill winning a Green Flag Award  as well as a commendation in the 2011 Green Gown Awards made by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges.
The university has three faculties: Arts and Sciences, Education, and Health and Social Care which teach at both undergraduate and post-graduate level.
- 1 History
- 2 Campus
- 2.1 Facilities
- 2.1.1 The Student Hub
- 2.1.2 Halls of Residence
- 2.1.3 Sports Complex
- 2.1.4 Creative Edge
- 2.1.5 The Arts Centre
- 2.1.6 LINC (Learning Innovation Centre)
- 2.1.7 Faculty of Education
- 2.1.8 Faculty of Health and Social Care
- 2.1.9 Business and Law School
- 2.1.10 GeoSciences
- 2.1.11 Biosciences
- 2.1.12 Sculpture Trail
- 2.1 Facilities
- 3 Governance
- 4 Academic profile
- 4.1 Courses
- 4.2 Students
- 4.3 Reputation and rankings
- 4.4 Faculties
- 4.5 Graduate School
- 4.6 Short Story Prize
- 4.7 Research
- 5 Student life
- 6 Alumni
- 7 Honorary Fellows
- 8 Notable staff
- 9 References
- 10 Further reading
- 11 External links
Edge Hill College was opened on 24 January 1885 on Durning Road, Edge Hill, Liverpool, named after the district in which it was sited, by a group of seven Liverpool businessmen and philanthropists. It was the first non-denominational teacher training college for women in England. By 1892, Edge Hill was one of only two colleges in England combining teacher training and degree course study.
As student numbers increased, Edge Hill quickly outgrew its surroundings. The institution was handed over to the Lancashire Education Committee, with the foundation stone for the present Ormskirk campus laid on 26 October 1931 by J.T. Travis-Clegg, Chairman of Lancashire County Council. The main building comprised a main education block, four halls of residence (named Stanley, Clough, Lady Margaret and John Dalton), an Assembly Hall, a library, craft room, gymnasium, lecture theatres, classrooms and a music room.
Between 1939 and 1946, the college was evacuated to Bingley, in Yorkshire, and the Ormskirk site was requisitioned for use as a military hospital. As part of the requisition, temporary huts were erected as ward accommodation, most of which survived into the 1980s due to the postwar austerity period. The Durning Road premises was destroyed during a bombing raid in the Liverpool Blitz on 17 November 1940 which resulted in the death of 166 people.
Edge Hill became a mixed college, admitting its first male students in October 1959, when it had about 500 students in total. In 1963 the university recorded having 660 students and 59 members of staff.
The institution has since expanded rapidly; with further developments at Ormskirk and the absorption of the former Sefton School of Health Studies.
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. In 2013 there were over 25,000 students including over 9,000 studying full-time.
Coat of Arms
Edge Hill University commissioned a new coat of arms to mark the institution's university status in 2006. The coat of arms consists of a shield, a crest, a badge and a motto and contains many images and symbols that represent Edge Hill's history and values.
The University's physical origins are represented by the Red Rose of Lancashire in the shield, where it is currently located and the Liver bird in the crest, which refers to its original location in Liverpool.
The colours green and heliotrope (purple) are that of the Suffragette movement, symbolising the University's early commitment to the equality of women through its beginnings as a women-only college.
The coat of arms contains a sun, symbolising illumination and enlightenment; a quill to represent learning, and peacock feathers meaning beauty, power and knowledge. A lion represents strength, bravery and magnanimity, and a stag suggests wisdom, regeneration, peace and harmony.
The University's motto – "In Scientia Opportunitas" – translates as "In knowledge there is opportunity".
The Mace is the symbol of the University's authority to award degrees. Edge Hill University commissioned its mace in 2007, from silversmith Clive Burr. Inspired by the University Coat of Arms and the campus architecture, the mace took six months to produce and is crafted from sterling silver. At the head is an 18-carat yellow gold dome enamelled by Jane Short, with a hand engraved inscription of the University motto running around the silver edge. The main body has a hand engraved decoration running around it, the design inspired by the acanthus leaves and stone columns of the entrance to the original University building.
Edge Hill has its 160-acre (650,000 m2) campus in Ormskirk in West Lancashire. Liverpool is the nearest city.
A focus on sustainability has resulted in environmental awards such as a commendation in the 2011 Green Gown Awards made by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges.
Amenities include restaurants and cafes, a bar and nightclub named The Venue, two theatres, a general shop, a large library and IT suites with 24hr Internet access. The sports complex was included in the Pre-Olympic Games Training Guide and was used by the teams from American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands and Palau as their training camp in preparation for London 2012.
The Woodlands campus is based in Chorley, Lancashire and offers continuing professional development programmes and part-time study.
Wirral Education Centre offers HLTA training and foundation degrees in Supporting Teaching and Learning. Woodford Lodge in Cheshire is the base for education-related foundation degrees and HLTA training in Cheshire. Part-time Primary QTS programmes, HLTA training and education-related foundation degrees can also be studied at the Training and Development Centre in Shrewsbury.
It is one of only two universities that have won a Green Flag Award for maintaining an attractive, safe and welcoming campus.
The Student Hub
This £13.5m building opened in 2011 a central student provision, containing retail and catering outlets and IT facilities, as well as providing new accommodation for the Edge Hill Students' Union. The building was formally opened by Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex on 15 October 2012.
Halls of Residence
The original Halls of Residence were 'named Stanley, Clough, Lady Margaret and John Dalton in honour of the Derby Family and 'of three individuals famous in the history of Lancashire and of Education' (Anne Jemima Clough was a pioneer of higher education for women, having founded Newnham College, Cambridge)' (A Vision for Learning, p25.) Five Halls, opened in 1963 by Princess Margaret, are named after Lady Openshaw, Katherine Fletcher (Chairs of Governors), EM Butterworth, Margaret Bain (Principals) and Eleanor Rathbone, a noted social reformer. Lancashire hall, was demolished in 1999 to make way for the Wilson Centre (Edge Hill Sport), but was originally built to house male students. Forest Court added 300 bedrooms in the early 1990s.
More recent Halls include Founders Court, named after the institution's founders Crosfield (William Crosfield); McDairmid (S. McDairmid); Matheson (Thomas Matheson); Smith (Samuel Smith (1836–1906)), Balfour (Alexander Balfour); Sinclair (WP Sinclair); and Sarah Yelf (the first Principal); and Graduates Court, named after alumni: Ainsworth (Joe Ainsworth), Annakin (Ethel Annakin), Maconie (Stuart Maconie), Normanton (Helena Normanton) and Pryce (Jonathan Pryce).
In 2012 Chancellors Court was opened, adding Halls named after individuals associated with the institution including Chairs of the Board of Governors: Blake, Booth, Bradshaw, Fulton, Millner, Pinfold, Tomkins, and Wilson as well as Byron (Tanya Byron, the first Chancellor of the University), and Williams (politician Shirley Williams). Additional Halls added in 2013 are, in Chancellors Court: Binns (Sir Arthur Lennon Binns), Boyce (J.S.B Boyce), Lord (Sir Percy Lord), and Meadon (Sir Percival Edward Meadon); and in Founders Court: Dewhurst (M. K. Dewhurst), Fenemore (Mildred Fenemore), Feuchsel (Harriet D Feuchsel) and Holt (George Holt (merchant)). The number of rooms is 1,701. The University's newest on campus accommodation comprises self-contained self-catering flats with en-suite bathrooms, a shared kitchen and living area and flat-screen TVs.
Chancellors South, an additional 246 accommodation units to complete the Chancellors Court blocks on the Eastern side of the campus, was completed in summer 2014. The Halls will be named after individuals associated with the institution including Laverty (Bernard Laverty, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the Edge Hill University Board of Governors since 2014, Chartered Accountant and Director of Lancashire textile company David Whitehead & Sons Limited), Jenkins (Miss JA Jenkins, Vice-Principal of Edge Hill from 1906 and Acting Principal from 1909–10), Millins (Mr PKC ‘Ken’ Millins was the first male Principal of Edge Hill, leading the institution between 1964 and 1979 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2010), Aitken (Sir James Aitken served on the Education Committee of Lancashire County Council from 1921 to 1948, and was Chair of the Council from 1946 to 1948) and Welch (John Welch was Chair of the Education Committee of Lancashire County Council between 1955 and 1958).
In 2015 construction started on 144 new bedrooms within the central campus. The new bedrooms will bring the number of students who can be accommodated on campus to 2,091 and will be ready for the start of the 2015/16 academic year.
Edge Hill's first sports facility was The Wilson Centre, opened in 2001, and named after the former Chairman of Edge Hill's Board of Governors, Bob Wilson, this £4.3m facility houses the University's Department of Sport. It features specialised laboratories for sports psychology, physiology and biomechanics, and a dance studio.
The Gym was opened in September 2010, fitted out with four badminton courts, basketball and gymnastic equipment. The ground floor contains the reception of the on-campus sports centre, Sporting Edge and a Starbucks coffee bar.
A £30million project to build a new indoor and outdoor sports complex is currently underway and is due for completion in 2015. Facilities will include 3G soccer pitches, a new sports centre building, multi-courts, hockey and football pitches, outdoor tennis courts, a competition-standard athletics track, a 25-metre swimming pool, and a fitness suite incorporating the latest technology with 100 stations to exercise all parts of the body, changing facilities, and a café. There will also be a double sports hall to play badminton, basketball and squash. Construction will be completed in 2015.
The £17m Creative Edge Building, opened in September 2013, is the new home for all Computing and Media courses. It is the creative hub for students studying computing, media, film, animation and advertising, providing high-spec suites of industry standard facilities.
Facilities available in Creative Edge include TV studios with broadcast capacity and full production capabilities for news, drama, documentary and experimental work, recording studios, sound-editing suites, a radio studio, animation studios, a photographic studio, a multimedia laboratory, networking and forensics laboratories, and computer laboratories.
The building also provides a dedicated space on campus for businesses who wish to recruit students for internships and forge links with academic staff through research and consultancy projects.
The Arts Centre
The Arts Centre houses the University’s Performing Arts Department and the Rose and Studio Theatres.
The Rose Theatre was traditionally funded by the Arts Council, North West as well as Lancashire County Council and West Lancashire Borough Council. More recently, the Theatre was funded by the National Lottery (United Kingdom) and the Big Lottery Fund.
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 Summer Olympics opening ceremony Frank Cottrell Boyce who is an Honorary Doctor of Literature at the University. The official Arts Centre Opening was a free festival of visual arts, dance, music, literature and family friendly activities including performances from Kyla La Grange, Edge FWD, Compagnie des Quidams, Mischief La-Bas, Brian Lobel and Andy McKeown.
The Arts Centre includes a 234-seat professional theatre (The Rose Theatre), a 140-seat Studio Theatre, several smaller performance spaces, landscaping to support outdoor performance, and specialist teaching spaces including two dance studios, two studios with fully sprung floors for both Dance and Physical Theatre, two black box drama studios, five rehearsal rooms, a fully equipped theatre construction workshop, a digital sound studio, a digital design suite, three theatre design studios and costume construction area, a music technology room, a recital room and two music practice studios.
The Rose Theatre has its own cafe bar, exhibition space and art foyer. Facilities also include an outdoor performance area. The Rose has a full professional dance, comedy, music and theatre programme, available to the local community, as well as staff and students.. Programming for the public includes drama, dance, physical theatre, comedy, visual art, literature and music and has included performances from Horace Panter, Stuart Maconie, Dave Spikey, Justin Moorhouse, Sarah Millican, Alan Carr, Cara Dillon and Spiers and Boden. The Arts Centre has also hosted various artistic exhibitions including the photographs which celebrated the successful Justice Tonight Band on their 2012 tour as part of the Hillsborough disaster Justice Campaign.
LINC (Learning Innovation Centre)
The £3m LINC opened in 2000. It gives students 24 hr access to 220 high-speed, internet connected PCs and satellite TV and houses the University's TV Studio, radio production, digital design, editing and multimedia production facilities.
Faculty of Education
Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy opened the £9m Faculty of Education building in 2004. The facilities include 24 teaching rooms, a 300-seat lecture theatre ICT equipment and a model school classroom. From 2013, the Faculty of Education has also hosted the University's Confucius Centre.
Faculty of Health and Social Care
Completed in December 2007, this £14m energy-efficient building 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.
Business and Law School
The £8m Business and Law School, opened in January 2009, houses Business, Law and Criminology students. The building includes a lecture theatre and 'moot' room, which is a mock-up of a courtroom.
Edge Hill's £4m Centre for Media, Information Systems and Technology opened in 2004. The building was reallocated to GeoSciences in 2013, following the opening of the new Creative Edge Building.
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 development of the Edge Hill University sculpture park began in April 1989 with the acquisition of eight sculptures on long term loan. Its aim was to provide an opportunity for sculptors to show their work to the public in an attractive outdoor setting. Over a two-year period the sculpture collection grew to twenty works in a variety of media: carved wood, welded steel, concrete and cold cast resin.
Following this period of restoration, the University’s collection of sculptures was re-launched to mark the University’s milestone 125th anniversary year. A free Edge Hill University Sculpture Trail brochure and map is available from the University reception area and security lodge for people to collect, and all sculptures are accessible to the disabled.
There are currently 12 sculptures in the collection, including Grazing Sow, modelled in clay and cast in concrete, Bingo-Bango, which symbolizes the breakdown of personal relationships, Study for Hopscotch and Skip, which reflect the nostalgia of childhood games, the Tightrope Walker, which symbolises balancing life’s difficult situations, and the Goat, which was commissioned to commemorate the University’s 125th Anniversary.
Chancellor and Pro-Chancellors
The current Vice-Chancellor is Dr John Cater, who has held the post since 1993. He received a CBE in the 2015 Queen's birthday honours. As a social geographer, he has published extensively on race, housing, economic development and public policy and co-authored major research studies for the Social Science Research Council, the Commission for Racial Equality and their successor bodies.
The Vice-Chancellor is supported by Deputy Vice-Chancellor Steve Igoe, Pro Vice-Chancellor & University Secretary Lynda Brady, Pro Vice-Chancellor (External Relations) Mark Allanson and Clerk to the Board of Governors Lesley Munro.
The University Faculties are led by Seth Crofts (Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Health & Social Care), Professor George Talbot (Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences) and Dr Lynnette Turner (Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Education).
Edge Hill University's undergraduate courses include BA/BSc and LLB degrees, health pre-registration qualifications and teacher training degrees. Postgraduate provision includes PGCEs, Masters programmes, an MBA, MPhil and PhD research degrees and MRes programmes.
There are also extensive opportunities for professional development at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
According to the Higher Education Statistical Agency, student numbers in the 2013/14 academic year comprised 12,640 undergraduate students and 4,110 postgraduate students.
Reputation and rankings
Edge Hill has moved up from 75th to 70th in the Guardian 2013 University rankings. The Times Higher Education awarded Edge Hill University the University of the Year title in 2014/15, following earlier shortlistings in 2011/12, 2010/11 and 2007/8. Liverpool City Council added the University to its Freedom Roll of Association in December 2011. Rated in the top six of all UK higher education providers for the quality of its courses and lecturers in the WhatUni? Student Choice Awards. Edge Hill was recently named the safest campus to live at in the North West and the fifth-safest in the country by The Complete University Guide.
In the National Student Survey 2013, Edge Hill University achieved an overall satisfaction level of 87% and was voted to have the best Students' Union in the North West of England. The University is positioned joint first within the North West region for satisfaction, based on the average of all questions in the survey.
According to the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey conduced by the Higher Education Statistics Agency 93.4% of Edge Hill students are in study or full-time employment within six months of graduating, putting the university in the top 10% nationally for graduate employment.
In 2015 the university was named the Times Higher Education's Best University Workplace after claiming the number one spot in all four key markers of a contented workforce in the Times Higher Education (THE) Best University Workplace Survey.
The University has three Faculties:
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
The Faculty comprises Departments of:
- Business (Edge Hill Business School)
- English and History
- Law and Criminology
- Performing Arts
- Social Sciences
- Sport and Physical Activity
Faculty of Education
The Faculty delivers initial teacher training programmes for all age phases, together with Continuing Professional Development for all aspects of the school workforce. The most recent Ofsted Initial Teacher Education inspection report (2011) awarded Grade 1 in all 33 possible cells covering all phases of initial teacher training: Primary & Early Years, Secondary and Post-Compulsory Education and Training.
Faculty of Health and Social Care
The Faculty delivers pre-registration training for nurses, midwives, operating department practitioners and paramedics; qualifying social work degrees; and professional development in the fields of health and social care.
The Graduate School supports research students on MPhil and PhD programmes and their supervisors.
Short Story Prize
The Edge Hill Short Story Prize is the only UK award that recognises excellence in a single author, published short story collection.
The prize attracts established authors who compete alongside relative newcomers for the prize. Previous winners have been John Burnside, Kevin Barry (author), Colm Tóibín, Claire Keegan, Chris Beckett, Jeremy Dyson, Graham Mort and Sarah Hall (writer).
The prize is co-ordinated by Dr Ailsa Cox, Reader in Creative Writing and English, and has three categories, the main literary award of £5,000 as well as a £1,000 Reader’s Prize judged by BA Creative Writing students, and a £500 award for rising talents on the MA Creative Writing course.
The university returned twelve units of assessment in the UK's Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 and has established three interdisciplinary research institutes through which to manage the impact and external engagement of research carried out.
All subject areas submitted by the university to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework featured ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world-leading’ research. In Sport and Media, 45% of work submitted was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent, 44% of Psychology and English research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent and 50% of Law research was rated as internationally excellent or world-leading. Education, Law and Sport research was considered particularly strong in terms of impact, with Law in the top 30 and Sport in the top 25 institutions for overall impact.
Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE)
The Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE) is Edge Hill University’s practice-led and theoretically grounded interdisciplinary research forum which connects the University with the digital and creative economy and with cultural institutions.
Directed by Professor Claire Molloy, ICE brings together researchers, educators, communities and industry practitioners to share expertise, develop partnerships that address current challenges, and contribute to debates on the roles of culture and creativity in driving economic growth and sustainability, as well as promoting citizen engagement, regionally, nationally and internationally.
Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice (I4P)
The Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice (I4P) is a cross-disciplinary research and knowledge exchange initiative established at Edge Hill University in 2013.
Directed by Professor John Diamond, the Institute is committed to exploring opportunities for cross sector collaboration through working with practitioners, policy and decision makers, professionals working in the not for profit sector, community activists and residents.
The I4P was launched on Tuesday 4 February 2014 with a Public Lecture given by Professor Richard G. Wilkinson, co-author of The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better, on the social impact of inequality.
Postgraduate Medical Institute
The Postgraduate Medical Institute is a partnership between Edge Hill University and regional health professionals and providers seeking to improve the quality of health and social care in the North West through education, research and innovation.
The Institute provides opportunities for practice-based research and training to enrich the professional lives of individual health professionals and improve the delivery of services. The Institute facilitates professional engagement through conferences, seminars and networks that promote partnership, the sharing of expertise and experiences, knowledge transfer and the dissemination of research.
The Institute’s main themes are primary care, fertility, neurology and psychiatry, orthopaedics and biomechanics, and biosciences.
The Label operates like an industry placement for students who form teams in A&R, Graphic Design, Video Production, Music Production, Marketing and Event Management to recruit unsigned acts in the North West of England.
The first two bands signed to The Label were The Inkhearts and Hooton Tennis Club. Their debut singles were played on BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music and Hooton Tennis Club were featured in NME Magazine. In September 2014 Hooton Tennis Club signed a record deal with Heavenly Recordings and released their debut single "Jasper" in March 2015 which was described by broadcaster Lauren Laverne as the song of the year.
Edge Hill has many different sports teams competing in the BUCS leagues. Teams include: Track & Field, Basketball, Netball, Football, Hockey, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Badminton and Pool. All teams play their home games on Wednesday afternoons at the University's sport venues and other private venues in the local area such as Ormskirk R.U.F.C.
Sporting Edge, a sports complex open to the public, is based on the campus.
Edge Hill's campus includes a University Club which houses a nightclub and bar with Sky TV, pool tables, themed nights, resident and guest DJs, regular quizzes and competitions. The University Club hosts an annual Sports Awards ball, Freshers and Re-Freshers Week and trips to regional destinations.
Edge Hill University Students' Union is the representative body of students at the university run by four elected, sabbatical officers and student trustees who sit on the board. The Sabbatical officers are the SU President, Vice President of Activities, Vice President of Academic Representation and Vice President of Welfare.
All students at the university are automatically enrolled into the Students’ Union which seeks to promote the interests of its members, act as a representative channel between students and the university, and to provide recreational activities for its members.
Edge Hill students are all eligible to receive information, advice and representation through the Students' Union on University procedures such as appeals, EMCs and academic malpractice as well as independent advice on housing, finance and health & wellbeing.
The Students' Union owns and operates both the SU Bar, which has a full pub menu, and The Quad, a 800 capacity venue which has hosted acts including Danny Howard, Greg James, Naughty Boy, Vern Troyer, Matt Willis, Luminites, Esco Williams, Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Hummingbirds and Siera Alpha.
The Students’ Union has over 70 societies which students can join including a range of sports teams, subject related groups and social societies. 'Team Edge Hill' is the SU's sport brand which encompasses all sport teams and individuals who compete for the university within the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues including football, rugby, cycling, netball, swimming, tennis, hockey, golf and many more.
VibeMedia is the Students’ Union’s media platform which comprises Vibe Radio and Vibe TV, a radio and television channel run by student volunteers.
- Murray Dron (TV reporter/presenter)
- Mark Edwardson (TV news presenter, BBC North West Tonight)
- Stuart Maconie (Author, DJ and television presenter)
- Helena Normanton QC (First woman to practice as a barrister in the UK)
- Ethel Snowden née Annakin (Socialist, feminist and wife of former Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Snowden)
- Jonathan Pryce (Actor)
- Joe Ainsworth (Scriptwriter for BBC drama Holby City)
- Steve Sinnott (General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers)
- Sue Smith (Footballer)
- Liam Colbon (Rugby League player)
- Eric Hughes (Rugby League player)
- Simon Kerrigan (Cricketer)
- Nazia Mogra (News presenter)
- Stuart Stokes (Steeplechaser)
- Danny Howard (Radio 1 DJ)
- Kerry Howard (Actress)
- Paul Nuttall (Deputy leader of UK Independence Party)
Since Edge Hill was granted University status in 2006, the university has awarded honorary degrees (honoris causa) to notable individuals as part of their bi-annual graduation ceremonies.
- Jesse Jackson (Civil Rights activist)
- Stuart Maconie (Radio DJ and TV Presenter)
- Sue Smith (footballer)
- Anne Merriman (Doctor)
- Jon Culshaw (Impressionist and comedian)
- Shirley Williams (British politician and academic)
- Bob Wilson (First Chair of Governors following independence from the LEA)
- Camila Batmanghelidjh (British businesswoman, charity leader and author)
- Mary Bousted (General Secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL))
- Joe Ainsworth (Scriptwriter)
- Bhikhu Parekh (Political theorist)
- Jennifer Saunders (Comedian, screenwriter, singer and actress)
- Mark Thompson (television executive)
- Jane Cummings (Chief Nursing Officer at NHS England)
- Frank Cottrell Boyce (British screenwriter and novelist)
- Giles Fraser (Former Canon Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral and director of the St Paul’s Institute)
- Peter Carter (nurse)
- Heidi Thomas
- Johnny Vegas (Actor and comedian)
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- A history of the University in Ormskirk Wide Horizons: Eighty Years in Ormskirk 1933-2013, by Mark Flinn, published in 2013 (Edge Hill University ISBN 978-1-900230-55-1).
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