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LGA responds to RAC ¾ pothole breakdown figures

RESPONDING to the RAC's pothole breakdown figures, Cllr Darren Rodwell, transport spokesperson for the Local Government Association, said:- "The LGA has long called for longer term funding to tackle the issues facing our roads and we believe that Government should award Council Highways Departments with 5 yearly funding allocations to give more certainty, bringing Councils on a par with National Highways. Councils much prefer to invest in more cost effective and resilient resurfacing than retrospectively dealing with potholes. The recently announced £8.3 billion additional funding for roads maintenance should help to bring more of our local road network up to scratch, and help deal with the £14 billion backlog of repairs. We await to see more details of the funding plan."

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Exceptional students rewarded for determination and commitment

EDGE Hill's exceptional students will be awarded scholarships in recognition of their determination and commitment. Students came together on:- Thursday, 9 November 2023, to celebrate their scholarship wins, which reward achievements in areas including academic excellence, overcoming adversity, and helping and inspiring others.

Megan Davis, who is studying BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS, will collect a University Scholarship in recognition of her work in Holocaust education, as an ambassador for the Holocaust Educational Trust and as a Student Academic Mentor.

She said:- "Edge Hill recognises and notices individuals, these awards are proof of that. Winning a scholarship not only motivates you to work harder and wider, but also reassures you that you are being seen, you are being heard and you are making a difference, which is more than I could ever ask for from a University."

Megan hopes the scholarship will enable her to pursue her ambition to study a Masters.

This year's winners also include:-

  • Lauren King; the Adam Bell Scholarship, named in memory of Edge Hill's 1st scholarships administrator. This award is in recognition of Lauren's remarkable enthusiasm and dedication in supporting students who are care-experienced or estranged from their families.

  • Edward Horn; the Mark Flinn Award, founded by Mark, a former Pro Vice Chancellor influential in the transformation of Edge Hill from a college to a University. The award recognises Edward's research project bringing a Regional perspective to Queer history in the UK.

  • Rebecca Fearn; Rhiannon Evans Poetry Award, founded by Rhiannon who was a former University Pro Vice Chancellor. The win will boost Rebecca's self belief and support her future writing.

  • Michaela Hartley; Dame Janet Suzman Playwriting Prize, named after the stage actress and Edge Hill honorary doctor. The scholarship will help Michaela pursue her ambition to become a published author.

  • 10 students will be awarded the University Scholarship which recognises students who raise Edge Hill's profile or contribute to equal opportunities and diversity.

  • 16 students will collect Sports Scholarships which aim to help enhance sporting performance.

  • 32 students are being awarded Excellence Scholarships in acknowledgement of their non-academic achievements.

  • 4 students will be awarded the Preparation for Higher Education Scholarship which recognises the best achievers on the Fastrack course, designed to support mature learners return to study.

  • 37 undergraduates will receive Academic Achievement Awards in recognition of achieving the highest average marks in their department.

Lynda Brady, Pro Vice Chancellor (Student Experience), said:- "We are proud to recognise some of the University's most talented and motivated students. Hearing about their achievements and ambitions is a humbling experience for us all and our scholarship winners are a credit to their loved ones, their University and, most of all, themselves."

Alongside 1 of the most impressive and innovative scholarship packages in the higher education sector, Edge Hill offers the Student Opportunity Fund, which contributes financial support to help students enhance their employability, build confidence and develop skills.

To discover more about courses at Edge Hill University, please visit:- EHU.AC.UK.

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