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Edge Hill nominated for two national gongs at annual Times Higher Education awards

Edge Hill nominated for two national gongs at annual Times Higher Education awards

by Tom Martin (September 2021)

EDGE Hill has been shortlisted in two categories in the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) awards. 

The university has been recognised  in two categories – Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community and Support for Students – in what  are  widely considered the ‘Oscars of the higher education sector’. 

The university’s student support package, hailed as an example of best practice,  was redesigned in response to the Covid-19 pandemic with new measures taken to ensure students had access to extra services and practical  help. 

More than £300,000 was invested to provide free laptops, headsets, dongles and software,  £4million in accommodation costs were waived and wellbeing support was increased significantly, including the creation of Together All, a 24/7 online community to support mental health. 

The university  also  harnessed its community spirit to innovate and improve lives during the pandemic.  This included  the  heroic efforts of  hundreds of  staff and students  working  and volunteering  on the frontline;  donating Personal  Protective  Equipment  to partners;  providing accommodation  for  key workers;  to  installing  walk-in Government testing facilities  for the community  on campus;  and  converting  part of the Sports Centre into a vaccination centre  to support the roll-out. 

Edge Hill  was  also a  major supporter of footballer Marcus Rashford’s End Child Food Poverty movement by supplying local schools with free food parcels. 

Vice-Chancellor  Dr  John Cater  welcomed the  shortlistings  and commended staff and students for their kindness and compassion. 

“I’m incredibly proud of everyone here at Edge Hill who went above and beyond  to join the global fight against Covid-19 when the pandemic was at its worst.  Thank you again to everyone who donated their time and energy to this cause.”

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on  Thursday, November 25. 

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