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Edinburgh Napier University

Edinburgh Napier is the #1 modern university in Scotland. We create and support personalised learning and research opportunities for students, staff and partners that nurture talent, create knowledge and shape communities around the world.

We trace our origins to the opening of Napier Technical College in 1964, built around John Napier’s 16th Century tower house (which celebrated its 500th birthday in 2014). Following the 1992 Higher Education (Scotland) Act, Napier Polytechnic became Edinburgh Napier University in 2009 to more clearly associate itself with the city.

Today, Edinburgh Napier is a university with a reputation and impact that stretches far beyond our shores. Our transnational education programmes (TNE) make us the largest UK higher education provider in Hong Kong. With strong industry links and an outstanding body of research – more than half of which is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent – we are an increasingly prominent member of the global community.

For tomorrow we have bold ambitions expressed through the following strategic themes - building careers, growing networks, advancing knowledge and sustainable growth. We aim to attract staff, students, researchers and partners with the skills, knowledge, expertise and potential to deliver high quality education, advice and research. In short, we aim to make a positive impact on society and the communities we serve, and shape their sustainable development.

Join us and you’ll find that we support ambition, recognise achievement and encourage innovation in every one of our people. Working at Edinburgh Napier is beyond a job, it’s a future full of progression and reward.

Key Facts

  • Overall, Edinburgh Napier University has more than 20,200 students from over 140 nationalities
  • Circa 1,500 employees
  • 3 campus locations - Sighthill, Merchiston and Craiglockhart
  • 95% graduate employability rate
  • #1 in Edinburgh for Student Satisfaction
  • #1 Modern University in Scotland
  • Climbed 38 places from 101st to 63rd (The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021)

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