Support and advice

Adult returners to education (mature students)

We welcome applications from those who are returning to education after employment or other experiences, and we recognise that the standard selection process may not give you the opportunity to demonstrate your full potential. On that basis, we may ask you to provide additional information to ensure we can make an informed decision on your application, taking your own personal circumstances into account.

Applicants with a declared disability

We are committed to providing equality of opportunity through the best possible level of support to students.

If you have a disability or medical condition, or you require additional support, we encourage you to disclose it in your application. This will enable us to get in contact with you to identify what adjustments can be made and what support you'll require once you arrive.

Contact our disability and inclusion team on or call 0131 455 2929 for more information.

Care leavers

We welcome applications from students who may have spent time in Local Authority Care. We can offer a range of support to help you get started, including a pre-entry visit to answer your questions about Edinburgh Napier and an experienced student mentor to help you settle in.

Contact us to find out more about the support and services we can offer on

Criminal convictions

If you have a relevant criminal conviction that is not spent, you must declare this on your application. This doesn't mean that your application will not be accepted, but we may need to carry out additional checks, such as a risk assessment, as part of the application process.

Mitigating circumstances

A mitigating circumstance is something out of your control that affects your grades or your application to University. It may be personal or family related, or issues arising at school or college.

Any information on mitigating circumstances that may have affected, or are likely to affect, your academic performance should be included in your referee's report.

If you encounter mitigating circumstances after you have submitted your application, please inform us on as soon as possible.


We welcome applications from previous candidates. When you reapply, use your personal statement to tell us what has changed since your previous application.

We may use information from your previous applications when we assess your suitability for your chosen course.

Admissions policy

The University is committed to ensuring we are accessible to the widest body of students who can benefit from higher education. We seek to admit students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study, and from 2016 onwards we will use contextual information alongside information on academic achievements to make admissions decisions.

You can find further information about all our admissions policies, including contextual admissions, at the links below. If you have any queries relating to these policies please email

As part of the admissions process, we aim to take into consideration the context in which an applicant has achieved their grades. For Scottish-domiciled applicants this may include consideration of whether an applicant:

  • has spent time in care;
  • is a Young carer - Young adult carers are young people aged 16–25 who care, unpaid, for a family member or friend with an illness or disability, mental health condition or an addiction;
  • has taken part in the Lothian Equal Access Programme for Schools (LEAPS) and been identified as LEAPS-eligible;
  • has completed a Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP);
  • has attended a school which has low numbers of students progressing to higher education;
  • has Government recognised refugee or asylum status;
  • is living in an area of high deprivation, as defined by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation.

Further information about all our Admissions Policies, including Contextual Admissions can be found in the documents at the bottom of this page.  If you have any queries relating to these policies please email

Admissions policies