Tanya said: “My time at Napier College was great, with fantastic lecturers including Donald McDonald and acclaimed journalist Bill Allsopp, who used to send us out onto the streets of the capital with just a notebook and a pen and tell us to come back with a story! - This was to to stand me in good stead in future years when I became a journalist at the Fife Free Press where I have worked for the past 30 years.
“Other memories include staying in the halls of residence at Craiglockhart which was a convent at the time and was run by the nuns – quite an experience!
“Out of class, lots of time was spent at the the old “Murchie” Union on Merchiston Place. The Centre Court pub opposite the Craiglockhart tennis centre on Colinton Road and Mr Boni's ice cream parlour were other favourite haunts.”
Dad Graeme went into the second year of BSc Quantity Surveying at Napier College in 1986 following a year at Dundee College of Technology, now the University of Abertay.
He juggled work with studying part-time during a marathon six-year degree course.
He said: “All our classes were at Merchiston and our little gang of part-timers overlapped throughout with various full-time classes. I remember there always being a bit of rivalry between the full-timers and part-timers, and we pretty much kept to our own group.
“There were some characters among the teaching staff including James Curran, wee Willie Goodall the painter who was only a year or two older than us, and a fearsome female law lecturer who wrote on the whiteboard with permanent marker.
“My favourite however was John (Jack) Grant, a fascinating guy who wrote, illustrated and read his Littlenose children's books on BBC's Jackanory when I was a kid.”
Graeme added: “I don't really remember the change from College to Polytechnic but that was fairly early in my time at Napier.”