Facts and figures

Edinburgh Napier University delivers the skills and experience that matter. We combine professional know-how with an academic approach and work-related learning to help our students succeed beyond university. Meanwhile, our research shapes the world around us, improving lives in Scotland and across the globe.

  • We are internationally recognised: in the recent QS Stars international university rankings, the quality of our teaching, internationalisation and employability were all officially recognised, with the University scoring five stars in each category.
  • In 2015, we were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for our internationally acclaimed work in timber engineering, sustainable construction and wood science. This is the most prestigious award for the UK higher education sector for the impact of research on business, industry, environment and society – nationally and internationally. This was the second triumph for our School of Engineering & the Built Environment following a previous success in 2009. 
  • 95.1% of our undergraduate students and 92% of our postgraduate students are in work or further education six months after graduation (HESA 2014/15).
  • More than half of our research was rated either “world-leading” or “internationally excellent” in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
  • We have supported more than 350 student start-up companies and a 2014 report by Biggar Economics named us the most successful university in Scotland for graduate enterprise and start-ups.
  • We are the largest UK provider of higher education in Hong Kong, with more than 3,000 students studying there.

We're number 1 for nurturing student talent

The Guardian University Guide 2017, which compares entry requirements with final degree awards, ranks us top in the UK for adding value to students.

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Times Higher Education ranks Edinburgh Napier in top 5% of world universities

Edinburgh Napier appeared in the THE World University Rankings for the first time in 2016, putting us in the world's top 5%. We rank particularly strongly for "international outlook" (179th of 980 worldwide institutions).

  • Our academics have helped create a new world-class centre of excellence for Scottish mountain biking, protected Kenyan tropical forests and Brazilian tidal crabs, contributed to the battle against cybercrime, and explored tourism's impact on social change.
  • In 2014, we celebrated 50 years of learning, having opened in 1964 as Napier Technical College.
  • Our Craiglockhart campus is home to the War Poets Collection, commemorating the works of Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen who met there during the First World War.
  • Some of our well-known graduates include BBC broadcaster Catriona Shearer, photographers David Eustace and Colin Baxter, Commonwealth Games Silver medallist Lynsey Sharp and film director Lynne Ramsay.

Beyond the average: we're proud to hold a number of awards, accolades and accreditations.

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