Edinburgh Napier University

Nisi sapientia frustra (Without knowledge, everything is in vain)

United Kingdom

Edinburgh Napier University is one of the largest higher education institutions in Scotland with over 17,000 students from 109 countries. The University offers industry informed courses which combine the optimum balance of theory and practice, to equip graduates for success in today’s competitive global job market.

A truly international University, Edinburgh Napier has over 4,000 international students on campus, and another 4,000+ studying courses delivered with partner institutions in China, Hong Kong, India and Singapore. Edinburgh Napier is a multi-site university with campuses that offer some of the most modern teaching and learning facilities in Scotland. Main campuses are currently at Craiglockhart, Merchiston and Sighthill.

A great emphasis is placed on ensuring that the University’s academic portfolio meets the needs of learners, employers and the economy and society more widely. The range, focus and quality of degree programmes, partnerships, research, links with business and highly valued graduates have led to a strong reputation for employability, widening access and innovation.

The University prides itself on producing confident, employable graduates who are truly global citizens. Edinburgh Napier is the only UK Higher Education Institution to specifically offer a programme, titled ‘Confident Futures’, aimed at developing the softer skills sought by employers.

Edinburgh Napier is a leading, professional university committed to excellence in teaching, learning, research and transferring knowledge to business. Graduates of the University make a real contribution to employers and to the economic development and quality of life of their communities. Research focuses on specialist areas aligned with the present and future needs of businesses, ensuring it has an immediate economic impact, contributes to business improvement and produces positive effects for the economy and society in the future.

The UK-wide 2008 Research Assessment Exercise reported that many areas of Edinburgh Napier’s research are world-leading or of international excellence.

Internationalisation is a key strategic priority for Edinburgh Napier and an activity in which there is a long-term record of success. The University’s approach to internationalisation is not simply focussed on recruiting international students, but is also based on a partnership approach with institutions overseas. The University has had a presence in Hong Kong for over 20 years, as well as offices in Beijing and Hyderabad. Today, more than 30 per cent of the students come from over 100 different countries outside of the UK to study at campuses in Edinburgh. With their presence enhancing diversity and multicultural richness; the University is truly international.

The University employs more than 1,600 staff and is committed to ensuring they all have opportunities for personal and professional development, holding Investors in People status since 2001. All staff participate in an annual Professional Development Review (PDR) to assess performance and highlight their development needs.

The University’s Corporate Learning and Development Unit organises a range of development opportunities for all employees and is the driving force behind the development of flexible learning opportunities including courses developed with strategic commercialisation partners. Academic Development is responsible for specialist training for academic staff.

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Queen's Anniversary Prize 2009 for Higher and Further Education

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Number of undergraduates: 14,377 Number of postgraduates: 2,693 Academic staff: 802 Admin staff: 562