Our values and strategy

Our vision is to be an enterprising and innovative community renowned internationally, with an unrivalled student learning experience. Strategy 2020: Building Success demonstrates the excitement we have in our potential and the ambitions we have for ourselves and our students.

Edinburgh Napier University

Edinburgh Napier is an innovative university inspired 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, employability of our graduates, our international reach, and our engagement with business through research and enterprise.

Our students


Our values are at the heart of Strategy 2020: Building Success. We are

  • Professional
  • Ambitious
  • Innovative
  • Inclusive
We want to be recognised as a University that acts with respect and integrity and creates an environment where everyone involved feels proud, confident, challenged and supported. Our values are reflected in all aspects of our work and our relationships with partners and stakeholders.


Our purpose is to deliver high quality education and research to add value to the social, cultural and 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.

Strategy 2020

There are four ambitious goals for Strategy 2020: Building Success

1. To grow our academic reputation
2. To deliver an excellent personalised student experience
3. To foster innovation, enterprise and citizenship
4. To internationalise our work

Growing our academic reputation

We will operate at the leading edge of academic disciplines, increase our reputation for outstanding teaching and grow our research profile.

Delivering an excellent personalised student experience

Students are at the heart of what we do. All students will have the opportunity for international, social, sporting, volunteering and cultural involvement, as well as relevant work-related experience.

Building innovation, enterprise and citizenship

We will offer an environment of entrepreneurship and participation, developing creative, innovative, socially responsible people equipped to thrive and solve challenges across the globe.

Internationalising our work

We build strategic partnerships at home and across the world, making our programmes increasingly accessible and developing our global education delivery.

Download the strategy

Contact us

Contact our advisers on 0333 900 6040 or use our online enquiry form.