Buttle UK Quality Mark
In 2009 Edinburgh Napier was awarded the Buttle UK Quality Mark for Care Leavers - the basis for our care leavers retention and progression strategies - and in 2012 the award was renewed for a further three years.
The challenges facing young people leaving care are enormous. When suffering financial disadvantage and struggling to find somewhere to live - often without family support - applying for and succeeding within education is a real achievement.
Carbon Masters Standard
Edinburgh Napier University was awarded the Carbon Masters Standard at the launch of the Association of Carbon Professionals on Thursday 17 May 2012. The independently verified award assessment covered all University properties and vehicles, and found the University has reduced carbon emissions by 2.9% relative to student numbers between 1 August 2008 and 31 July 2011. The Carbon Masters Standard highlights ongoing carbon reduction at Edinburgh Napier. To date our emissions have decreased by over 25% since 1 August 2006.
Customer Service Excellence
In December 2012 our Information Services department, consisting of IT Services and the Library, was awarded the Customer Service Excellence Standard. We are the first University Information Services department in Scotland to achieve this award.
The Customer Service Excellence Standard tests the areas that research has indicated are important for customers in great depth, with particular focus on delivery, timeliness, information, professionalism and staff attitude. There is also an emphasis placed on developing customer insight, understanding users' experience and robust measurement of service satisfaction.
Green League 1st Class
In the People & Planet Green League 2011, Edinburgh Napier was ranked 1st in Scotland and 13th in the UK, out of the 142 universities that took part. The University has progressively moved up the ranks of the league over the past four years and our placement in 2011 is testiment to the ongoing improvements in the University's environmental management and performance.
Investors in People
Investors' in People is a national standard which sets a level of good practice for improving an organisation's performance through its people.
Edinburgh Napier University first achieved the standard in January 2000, and we have been successfully reaccredited in March 2004 and May 2007. In May 2010 the University achieved, for the first time, the Investors in People Bronze which rewards organisations for their additional achievements over and above the standard.
Queen's Anniversary Prize
Edinburgh Napier University has been awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for 2009.
This highly prestigious prize is awarded biennially to universities and colleges that demonstrate work of a world-class standard of excellence.
The award was given for ‘Innovative housing construction for environmental benefit and quality of life’. It recognised the outstanding contribution to knowledge exchange made by the Building Performance Centre and the development of Robust Details for use in the Building Standard Regulations. The project involved improving sound insulation between attached dwellings.
The prize was presented by Her Majesty The Queen at a national honours ceremony at Buckingham Palace in February 2010, and complements the 'world-leading' classification awarded to Architecture and Built Environment during the Research Assessment Exercise 2008.
RoSPA Gold Award
In 2010 Edinburgh Napier was awarded the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Gold Award for the seventh consecutive year. This award for Occupational Health and Safety recognises consistently high standards in the management of Occupational Health and Safety within the University.
Two Ticks Disability Symbol
This symbol is awarded by Jobcentre Plus to employers in England, Scotland and Wales who have made commitments to employ, keep and develop the abilities of disabled staff. It demonstrates that Edinburgh Napier commits to:
- interviewing all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and to consider them on their abilities
- discussing with disabled employees at least once a year, what both parties can do to make sure disabled employees can develop and use their abilities
- making every effort when employees become disabled to make sure they stay in employment
- taking action to ensure that all employees develop the appropriate level of disability awareness needed to make these commitments work
- reviewing these commitments each year and assessing what has been achieved, planning ways to improve on them and letting employees and Jobcentre Plus know about progress and future plans.