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Edinburgh Napier University

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

We trace our origins to the opening of Napier Technical College in 1964, built around the 16th century tower house that was the birthplace of mathematician John Napier. Following the 1992 Higher Education (Scotland) Act, Napier Polytechnic was inaugurated as Napier University. The institution was renamed Edinburgh Napier University in 2009 to better showcase our connections to the world-class city we are so fortunate to call home.

Today, Edinburgh Napier is a progressive and bold university with a reputation and impact that stretches far beyond our shores. 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.

We pride ourselves on being the home of difference makers. Our vision is compelling – to be an enterprising and innovative community, renowned internationally, with an unrivalled student learning experience. We aim to attract staff, students, researchers and partners with the skills, knowledge, expertise and potential to further this vision and deliver meaningful, difference-making education and research for a rapidly changing world.

Our culture of personal growth, coupled with our flexible, innovative and holistic learning environment, is designed to enable students and staff to shape their development and flourish in their chosen fields. We hope you will be inspired to join us on our journey and develop your career at Edinburgh Napier.

Key Facts

  • Edinburgh Napier University has nearly 19,000 students from over 100 countries
  • Circa 1,690 employees
  • 3 campus locations - Sighthill, Merchiston and Craiglockhart
  • 95% graduate employability rate
  • #1 in Edinburgh for Student Satisfaction (NSS 2020 & 2021)
  • #1 Modern University in Scotland (Sunday Times GUG 2022)

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