University management

Strategy 2020: Building Success


Edinburgh Napier is an innovative university inspired by and deeply connected to the world around it. We create and support personalised learning and research opportunities that nurture talent, create knowledge and shape communities around the world.

We have a reputation for the diversity of our student community, the employability of our graduates, our international reach, and our engagement with business through our research and enterprise. We are excited by our potential and are ambitious for each other and for our students.


‘An enterprising and innovative community renowned internationally, with an unrivalled student learning experience’.


Our purpose is to deliver high quality education and research to add value to the social, cultural, economic capital of the communities we serve. We work at the leading edge of our academic disciplines in research, pedagogy and professional practice, developing highly valued graduates and delivering research outcomes that together transform communities.


Our distinctiveness will be founded on:

  • Academic disciplines connected to contemporary challenges
  • Wide ranging and meaningful employer and business engagement
  • A student learning environment that integrates academic theory and challenge with work-related experiences
  • Active approaches to learning
  • A deep connection to the world around us


Strategy 2020 was approved by the University Court in March 2014 following consultation with staff and students across a variety of forums including campus conversations, Student Senate, a discussion forum and email feedback. A number of local and international partners and stakeholders including partner colleges, business leaders, community councils and the Edinburgh consular corps were also asked to input into the development.