Beyond the expected

Supporting ex Service men and women of the Armed Forces

We are commited to ensuring that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly and are not disadvantaged within the delivery of our services and policy making. We declared this publicly by signing the Armed Forces Covenant and were presented with a bronze award from the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme in June 2016. We were then awarded a silver award in September 2017.

As part of this commitment we are working to ensure greater access to education and employment. We are developing pathways to degree-level qualifications in partnership with West Lothian College for those leaving Service, particularly from the lower ranks.

As an employer we support members of staff who have left Service or are current Reservists. This support includes a mentoring programme developed with SACRO to help with the broader transition from military to civilian life.

We also work with local schools to highlight that children of Service personnel can aspire to university education, and we support partners / spouses of those in Service with business start initiatives.

Edinburgh Napier and the Armed Forces

Training and research

We work with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to deliver leadership training to our student community. This has proved successful through our links with the City of Edinburgh Universities Officer Training Corps and the 5 Military Intelligence Battalion.

Sociologist Dr Mandy Winterton's has had some of her research, which largely focuses on military populations, funded by the MoD, while Mental Health Professor Thanos Karatzias has spent his entire clinical and academic career working in the field of psychological trauma.

Fund your studies

Edinburgh Napier University is a member of the MOD's Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC). This scheme promotes lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces.

Case studies

Past Armed Forces events at Edinburgh Napier

War Poets Collection

Craiglockhart campus has a long association with the armed forces. During the First World War it was used as a hospital for the treatment of shell shocked officers. It is also where poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon met in 1917. Today it is home to the War Poets Collection which contains an array of documents, photographs, film and memorabilia.

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