About us

​Edinburgh Napier University is one of the largest higher education institutions in Scotland with over 17,000 students from 109 countries. We offer industry informed courses which combine the optimum balance of theory and practice, to equip our graduates for success today's competitive global job market. 


Our vision

Our vision, as outlined in our Strategy from 2014 - 2020, is for us to be:
'An enterprising an innovative community renowned internationally, with an unrivalled student learning experience.' 

Our students

Academically the University is organised into three faculties: the Business School; Engineering, Computing & Creative Industries; and Health, Life & Social Sciences.

Our 17,835 students are made up as follows:
Student demographics - email a.daher@napier.ac.uk for alternative versions

We are a truly international University with over 4,000 international students on campus, and another 4,000+ studying courses delivered with our partners in China, Hong Kong, India and Singapore.

A study of graduates last summer showed that 92.3% of our students are in jobs or further study six months after graduating (HESA 2013). We are ranked third in the UK for Value Added, a measure of students' entry qualifications against the honours degree results they go on to achieve (Guardian University Guide 2013).

Edinburgh Napier is the only UK University to offer a programme which develops the employability skills sought by employers, called Confident Futures. Edinburgh Napier's Employer Mentoring Programme was awarded Mentoring Project of the Year at the Scottish Mentoring Network conference 2011.

The University's economic impact

-  The UK's economy will receive £8.82 in benefit for every £1 we receive from the SFC (Scottish Funding Council)

- 42% of recorded graduate start ups are from Edinburgh Napier (2011)

- In 2012 / 13 the University's export earnings contributed £50.3 million to Scotland's economy (via tuition fees, overseas programmes, research and knowledge exchange income, spending of overseas visitors and students)

- 92.4% of Napier graduates surveyed were in work or further study within six months of graduating

- The University has the fifth best record for accepting students on degree courses from deprived backgrounds in the UK. 

In 2012/13 Edinburgh Napier University supported an estimated impact of £201.9 million Gross Valued Added (GVA) and 2,897 jobs in Edinburgh, £254.9 million GVA and 3,871 jobs in South East Scotland and £291.2 million GVA and 4,520 jobs in Scotland. Including the estimated impact of graduate productivity resulting from students graduating in 2012 / 13 the economic impact is estimated to be £347.4 million GVA in Edinburgh, £428.5 million in South East Scotland and £486.8 million GVA in Scotland.

Read the full report here:  Edinburgh Napier University Economic Impact report.

Our staff

We have a total of 1,864 members of staff: 1,229 faculty based, and 635 working in our professional service departments.Honorary graduate names

Our alumni

Edinburgh Napier University has over 78,000 active graduates who play a dynamic role in University life as volunteers, supporters and donors. Some of our well-known graduates include Tavish Scott MSP, BBC broadcaster Catriona Shearer, photographers David Eustace and Colin Baxter, and film director Lynne Ramsay.
Edinburgh Napier confers honorary degrees on distinguished individuals across a wide range of fields. Those recognised include Sir Sean Connery, J K Rowling OBE, Sir Bill Gammell, Prof Anne Glover CBE, Dr Nigel Planer, Dr Christopher Brookmyre, Dr Lindsay Stewart OBE and Dr Jackie Stewart.

Research & consultancy

We have nine dedicated Institutes for Research & Innovation to streamline business access to our services and provide a rapid, responsive, customer focused service.

Commercially, the University has developed a number of successful spinout companies attracting substantial funding. These include CardioDigital, Micro Emissive Displays, Surfactant Solutions and Freelight Systems.

Facts & figures

For our financial figures, download the Annual Accounts.
For a full overview of the University, download our latest Annual Review 2010/11.