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2013 Professor Andrea Nolan, OBE joins the University as Principal and Vice-Chancellor.

2011 The University opens its new £60m state-of-the-art Sighthill Campus, home to the Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences. The Quality Assurance Agency carried out an Enhancement-Led Institutional Review (ELIR) of Edinburgh Napier in May 2011, reporting overarching confidence in our management of academic standards and the quality of the student learning experience.


2009 The University successfully launches its new title, Edinburgh Napier University. The University's Building Performance Centre was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize 2009 for Higher and Further Education for 'Innovative housing construction for environmental benefit and quality of life'.

2007 The University faculties and service departments restructured to provide a more streamlined service to students, and announced the 2nd stage of a major Estate Strategy: to develop one campus per faculty.

2004 The opening of the new £30million Business School at Craiglockhart.

2003 Professor Joan K Stringer joined the University as Principal & Vice Chancellor -  the first female Principal to be appointed in Scotland at that time.

2001 the £7million Jack Kilby Computing Centre, a purpose built 500 PC computer lab with 24-hour access, was opened at Merchiston, as well as the new Apex café to complement the Triangle restaurant which opened in October 2000.


1996 Lothian College of Health Studies and the Scottish Borders College of Nursing merged with the University to create the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. The University launched a major new Transport Research Institute, which aims to be at the leading edge of research into global transport and transport-related areas. And the 'new' campus at Craighouse came into commission in the autumn, as the first phase of the University's accommodation strategy was completed.

1995 The University launched its major new fundraising venture, Campaign Craighouse.

1994 Napier acquired the buildings and grounds of the former Thomas Clouston Clinic at Craighouse in south-west Edinburgh. Professor John Mavor, formerly Dean of Science and Engineering at the University of Edinburgh, took over as Principal & Vice Chancellor.

1992 The institution officially became Napier University. At a ceremony witnessed by over 700 staff and students, Lord James Douglas Hamilton and the then Principal, Professor William Turmeau, unveiled the new University sign at Merchiston. The Lord Lieutenant of Edinburgh, the Rt Hon Norman Irons, formally inaugurated the University and its first Chancellor, Lord Younger of Prestwick, was installed.


1987 The new Craiglockhart Campus was opened by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. 

1986 Renamed Napier Polytechnic and became the first institution in Scotland to gain full accreditation from the Council for National Academic Awards and to receive permission to validate and monitor its degree courses. The Scottish Education Department took over control of Napier from Lothian Region and bought the magnificent buildings of the former St Andrews College at Craiglockhart for Napier. War poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon recuperated at Craiglockhart when it was a hospital for shell-shocked officers during the First World War.

1985 Napier was offering 29 degree courses.


1975 Napier was offering 5 degree courses.

1974 Edinburgh College of Commerce, based at Sighthill, and Napier College of Science and Technology merged to become Napier.

1971 Napier offered its first degree course, BSc Science with Industrial Studies, with others soon to follow. The need for full-time courses was outgrowing the need for part-time education, diploma courses and courses leading to professional qualifications.


1966 Renamed Napier College of Science and Technology.

1964 Napier Technical College opened its doors to students at Merchiston under the leadership of Dr Joseph Dunning. About 100 academic staff taught around 800 students, most of who were studying on part-time City & Guilds or National Certificate courses. Fees for such courses were typically about 42/- (£2.10). Napier offered a range of courses including coopering, cabinet making and boat building, as well as courses in chemistry and physics, mechanical and electrical engineering and building.

Statue of John Napier1950s

1958 - Merchiston Tower was saved from demolition with funding from the Ministry of Public Buildings & Works, and Edinburgh Corporation began restoring the tower which was to be the focal point for a new college named after John Napier.


1550 - John Napier, the inventor of logarithms and the decimal point, was born in the medieval tower house of Merchiston Castle. His statue (pictured) stands outside the entrance to the main building on Craighouse Campus today.