Edinburgh Napier University

Edinburgh Napier University combines professional know-how with an academic approach and work-related learning to help its students succeed beyond university. Meanwhile, its research works to improve lives in Scotland and across the globe.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

UCAS Code: E59

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

This institution did not take part in the TEF. Participation is voluntary. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 78%
  • Postgraduate 22%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 83%
  • Part Time 17%

Where students come from

  • UK 80%
  • EU 12%
  • Other 8%

Student gender

  • Male 44%
  • Female 56%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • Edinburgh Napier provides a library facility at all three campuses, reflecting the main specialities of their academic schools.
  • They offer a vast collection of print and audiovisual learning and research materials, quiet and silent study areas, borrowing facilities and self-service kiosks, computer suites and staffed enquiry points.
  • The libraries also house the Edward Clark Collection, with 5,000 items illustrating the development of the book from the 15th century, and a War Poets Collection, exhibiting the words, poetry, memories and voices of those involved in the First World War.

Student jobs

  • Edinburgh is an incredibly student-friendly city with plenty of opportunities for part-time employment during term time. 
  • Edinburgh Napier's careers service gives guidance and advice to those searching for part-time work, including help with CVs, applications, and job interviews. It also holds a part-time work fair every year. 

Careers advice

  • Edinburgh Napier provides careers information, advice and guidance to students and graduates, with workshops to help students identify career options, one-to-one guidance sessions, and via the university’s Employer Opportunities team, enabling students and graduates to liaise with relevant employers and industry professionals.
  • Confident Futures workshops help students develop personal skills and attributes, benefitting their life at university as well as enhancing their employability in the workplace. In addition, the Bright Red Triangle one-stop-shop supports extracurricular innovation and enterprise activities.

Health services

  • The university works closely with NHS Scotland to signpost students. It provides a range of advice from how to register with a doctor and dentist, to information on pregnancy and STIs.
  • First Aid rooms are at each main campus, and there are a number of designated first-aiders within each school.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The university's counselling and mental well-being team supports students experiencing stress, anxiety or other issues due to personal circumstances or academic pressure.
  • Based at Merchiston, the team offers support across all three campuses. Services include one-to-one assessments, short-term counselling, access to mental health advisers, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
  • A well-being drop-in service is available for any student concerned about their mental well-being or wishing to learn more about the support on offer.

Disability support

  • Edinburgh Napier’s disability and inclusion team supports people with disabilities, long-term health conditions and specific learning differences through a number of services covering all aspects of university life.
  • Regular appointment and drop-in sessions are available throughout the academic year across all three campuses. Prospective students can arrange to visit the university before arriving to study.
  • Assistance includes general advice and guidance; support and assessment for Disabled Students' Allowance; dedicated staff providing technology, on-course and exam support; and advice on accommodation and parking.

Other services and facilities

  • Each campus has a staffed iPoint; these provide access to a range of services and support such as help with student ID cards, requesting student status letters, appointments for student services, answering programme administration queries and submitting coursework.
  • A finance office assists students with any issues regarding payment of tuition and accommodation fees.

Students' Union

  • Run by Edinburgh Napier Students' Association (ENSA), The Union Bar is located upstairs at The Three Sisters in the Cowgate area of Edinburgh.
  • The social hub for the university, the bar provides the perfect space to eat, drink, play games, celebrate and relax. It is also the destination of choice for a number of Edinburgh Napier's society meetings, fundraisers and parties; and it regularly helps toast many of Team Napier's sporting successes.
  • Open seven days a week and with a licence until 3am on Friday and Saturday, The Union Bar is the only place of its kind in Edinburgh.


  • Now home to nearly 20,000 students from over 140 countries, Edinburgh Napier first welcomed 800 students as Napier Technical College in 1964, becoming Edinburgh Napier University in 2009.
  • During World War One, its Craiglockhart campus was home to Craiglockhart War Hospital – a facility that helped soldiers to recover from shellshock. It was here that the great poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon first met.
  • In 2014, Edinburgh Napier University celebrated 50 years as an institution of learning.

Fascinating Fact

  • The university is named after John Napier, the brilliant 16th-century mathematician who invented logarithms and the decimal point; his first home is still part of the university's Merchiston campus.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Lynsey Sharp – athletics.
  • Catriona Shearer – BBC broadcaster.
  • Carol Kirkwood – BBC weather presenter.
  • Gordon Smart – Scottish journalist and radio DJ.
  • Mark Robertson – rugby player, Olympic silver-medallist.
  • Chris Paterson – rugby player.
  • Robyn Love – wheelchair basketball player and Paralympian.
  • Rory Douglas-Speed – actor and star of Hollyoaks.
  • David Eustace – photographer and university chancellor.


Edinburgh Napier University, Sighthill Campus, Sighthill Court, Edinburgh, EH11 4BN