University signs Armed Forces Covenant

Bronze Award for Edinburgh Napier

Date posted

17 June 2016


Edinburgh Napier is proud to announce we have been presented with a bronze award from the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme.

After recently joining a growing number of organisations in signing the Covenant, we have publicly declared our commitment, along with other UK businesses, local authorities, charities and community organisations, to ensure that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly and not disadvantaged within the delivery of our services and policy making.

As a university our obligations are two-fold; as a provider of higher education and as an employer. 

To drive our commitment, our Ex-Service Personnel Working Group is developing our offering to staff and students through collaborative work with the MOD, career transition support and mentoring - all of which are informed by the research we are leading on.

As an education provider, we welcome existing or former Forces personnel to:

  • take advantage of a range of flexible entry points onto our degree courses which acknowledge prior qualifications and relevant experience, including HNC and HND courses at college
  • enhance their career opportunities by accrediting their military achievements into a degree through the Edinburgh Institute
  • use their “enhanced learning credits” to help fund their studies.
As a Forces friendly employer, we recognise that reservists and veterans bring a variety of transferable skills and qualities to the civilian workplace, developed throughout their military careers. We encourage former forces personnel and their families to consider Edinburgh Napier University as an employer of choice. In support of this, we:
  • welcome applications from ex-Forces personnel and will commit to considering all applicants based on their individual merit
  • will support new or existing staff who have Armed Forces backgrounds and invest in their future career development.

University Principal, Professor Andrea Nolan, said: “Edinburgh Napier has an entwined history with the Forces going back to the First World War when our Craiglockhart campus was used as a military hospital to treat shell-shocked officers, and which today hosts our War Poets Collection with documents, letters and papers detailing the experiences and work of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon during that time. 

"We are proud to be a member of the Armed Forces Covenant and commit to ensuring that serving personnel, reservists and veterans are welcomed to the Edinburgh Napier community through the practical steps we are taking within our service provision and policy making.”