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Edinburgh Napier University

School of Applied Sciences

The University has set an ambitious strategy to be the home of difference makers with the aim of delivering excellence through our academic work for the benefit of our students, staff and collaborators. The university continues with this ambitious strategy, achieving success, with external recognition making us top modern university in Scotland (The Times and The Sunday Times) and climbing six places in the Good University Guide 2022.

Student experience is an essential component of who we are at Edinburgh Napier, and we are proud that we continue to improve and are now ninth in Scotland and 57th in the UK, in this year's National Student Survey (NSS).   The impact of our research continues to grow and our phenomenal results from the Research Excellence Framework (2021) are testament to our growing strength and capability as a research institution. These results, alongside our consistently positive National Student Survey results and sustained high levels of graduate employability, demonstrate the increasing impact of Edinburgh Napier's collective work, quality and commitment.

REF 2021 assessed 68% of our research as either “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”, up 15% since 2014. Additionally, the University’s research power metric rocketed from 250 to 718, making Edinburgh Napier the top ranking Scottish modern university for both research power and research impact.

The University’s improved power rating will now see our research funding increase as we take significant strides to grow our reputation as a research-focused institution as well as a teaching one. Through continuous investment in staff and our research environment, we are confident that we are well on our way to establishing ourselves as one of the UK’s world-leading universities in research.

Edinburgh Napier is an ambitious university.

School of Applied Sciences is a multidisciplinary School with a strategy to make a demonstrable economic and social impact, nationally and internationally, in areas of environmental and human wellbeing, through the positive influence of our professional, ambitious, and skilled graduates and the impactful, world-class research and enterprise activities. We aim to be the leading University School for Applied Sciences in Scotland, delivering impact in areas of wellbeing and healthy environments, both naturally formed or through human construct, and as such aim to be university of choice for both public and private organisations. Using the School’s relevant academic signature, we will ensure we present a distinct offering to potential students, staff and external partners when compared with other related academic institutions.

The School has a strong focus on wellbeing, aligned with the university theme and continues to evolve and enhance this focus with a clear effort to understand, inform and shape how we, as humans, are affected by our environment and how, as humans, we are having an impact on the environment around us.  With around 130 staff the School covers the academic areas of Life Sciences, Psychology, Social Science & Criminology, Teacher Education and Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. The School submitted four Units of Assessment (UoA) to REF2021 which resulted in 77% of research outputs being judged to be world leading or internationally excellent, a significant jump from 56% in 2014, this increase has been achieved, across the submissions, by increasing our 4 star or ‘world leading’ ratings.

As a School we are proud to have strong academic subject areas with excellence in learning and teaching, student experience and research and knowledge exchange.

We are currently recruiting for the following vacancies for year 2022:

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