Edinburgh Napier University gained full university status in June 1992 and currently hosts 18,000 students, 6,300 of which are international. The University is largely located in Edinburgh’s east end, in buildings ranging from castles to old schools. It is one of Scotland’s top universities for graduate employability, offering work placements with many courses. Edinburgh Napier has a strong reputation for film education in partnership with the Edinburgh College of Art.
The University has around 3,000 students studying degrees in Hong Kong, Singapore and India through international partnerships, while duel-degree courses are also available with New York State University – enabling students to complete a four year degree course at both institutions.
Edinburgh Napier is ranked eighth in the UK for ‘value added’, which measures students' entry qualifications against the degree results they go on to achieve. The University also runs ‘Confident Futures’, a programme which develops employability skills. The Employer Mentoring Programme was awarded Mentoring Project of the Year at the Scottish Mentoring Network conference 2011.
Edinburgh Napier University runs a meet and greet service, as well as transport to the University, through Edinburgh Napier Direct during welcome week. This is available at Edinburgh airport. The Student Union runs a number of activities available during the first week designed to help students settle in and make friends early on. Further into term time, the International Students’ Club provides support and events for international students.
In the People & Planet Green League 2013, Edinburgh Napier was ranked 1st in Scotland and 16th in the UK. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, over half the activity submitted by the University was assessed as “world-leading” or “internationally excellent.
All accommodation is located in the centre of Edinburgh with good transport links to the University. All first year students are guaranteed a place in Edinburgh Napier accommodation if the application is submitted before the deadline. There are over 1,400 rooms available, arranged in flats of up to seven people. Private accommodation is also available in and around the city of Edinburgh.
Edinburgh Napier is based around its Merchiston, Craighouse, Craiglockhart and Sighthill campuses. There are also smaller medical campuses at Canaan Lane's Astley Ainslie Hospital and Comely Bank in Edinburgh, as well as in Melrose and Livingston's St John's Hospital at Howden. Other notable Edinburgh buildings have been incorporated, including the former Parish Church at Morningside.
Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and listed as a world heritage site. It is considered by some as one of the greenest and most architecturally beautiful cities in Europe. Its beauty and reputation for science since the 18th Century has earned it the nickname ‘the Athens of the North’. Since 2001, Edinburgh has consistently been voted ‘Favourite UK City’ by Observer, Conde Naste (2010 Award Winner for Best City) and Guardian readers. Excellent road, rail and air transport links make Edinburgh accessible from all major cities in the UK and beyond.
My counsellor contacted me every day throughout the application process and helped me receive an unconditional offer. I am so grateful to SI-UK and will never forget them. I will study very hard as I feel this is the best reward I can give the whole team.
Sade Onyeje Social Work at Birmingham City University