Edge Hill University Information

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Edge Hill University Information

Edge Hill University Information


Edge Hill University

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.

The university has three faculties: Arts and Sciences, Education and Health and Social Care which teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.



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 by the military.

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 further 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.



Edge Hill University – creating and harnessing knowledge to deliver opportunity.

Mission Statement

Edge Hill University will provide an intellectually-stimulating, creative and inclusive environment for its community. Teaching and learning of the highest standard, supported by pure and applied research of international significance, will provide a firm foundation for its graduates, and other stakeholders in a rapidly changing world. An international perspective, knowledge and understanding, and a life-long capacity to learn and adapt, is the surest way of securing an individual’s and the nation’s future.

University Vision 2020

Edge Hill University will:

  • Harness the creativity, knowledge and commitment of its staff to promote its values and enhance its activities.
  • Provide an outstanding student experience, underpinned by high quality learning and teaching, and further develop its strong sense of community.
  • Build its research capacity, and, in particular, establish research centres in the areas of public policy and the creative industries in addition to a postgraduate medical institute.
  • Strengthen its links to business and the region, and enhance student employability.
  • Establish both national and international partnerships, which will enrich university life, deepen our understanding of the world, and benefit the region, and, more broadly, the UK economy.
  • Continue its investment in the campus and facilities to create an outstanding environment for these activities.


Our core values lie in our wholehearted commitment to our staff, students and partners, and our constant efforts to improve in all we do. Our approach is inclusive; we celebrate diversity, and will tirelessly strive to enhance the life opportunities that a good education provides for our students. The University will be both financially and environmentally sustainable, seeking always to reinvest its resources to enhance the student experience, its research capacity, and its engagement with the public and third sectors, business and the region, as well as its local community. We will be decisive and focused in all we do, and plan with a realistic ambition founded on our strong progress to date.

The Edge Hill community will:

  • embrace challenge and seize opportunity
  • expect and celebrate creativity and excellence
  • act responsibly and with integrity
  • show determination, resilience, ambition and adaptability
  • work together to deliver our Vision

Download the Strategic Plan 2013-2020.


Edge Hill University
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L39 4QP
United Kingdom

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