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Hi, I’m Bianka currently in my second year of studying Animal Biology.
The course is exactly what I expected, and I’ve developed a broad knowledge of biology. My first term was probably my favourite so far, as we studied Life on Earth and the lecturers were really engaging and knowledgeable. The course has been really interesting and got me thinking about the bigger picture; I would like to work in wildlife conservation when I graduate and the university has provided me with a range of experiences to put on my CV- from field trip work to statistical computer programs, lab experiments and even becoming a Student Ambassador!
I really enjoy being a Student Ambassador- it’s been a great way of meeting new friends and getting involved in some non-student aspects of the university. It has also helped become more confident and I’m sure it will look good on my CV when I am applying for jobs.
What I love about Edinburgh Napier is that you can meet all kinds of people, from all around the world. There are loads of societies that you can join, loads of events going on all the time and the lecturers are helpful in helping you to find your way and become a better student.
Sighthill campus was built not long ago, so everything is new and modern- especially the labs. You spend most of your time outside of lectures studying in the massive library or hanging out with people in the communal areas. Everything is designed for our comfort, which makes the place kind of like a second home.
I didn’t live in halls, but have visited my friends who do and they look great. If you are worried that you won’t be able to socialise as much because you won’t live in halls, don’t worry. People will invite you all the time!
It is worth coming along to an open day because you will see how friendly we are and you get to meet your future lecturers. It’s the best way for you to get an idea of what kind of place Edinburgh Napier is and get answers to things you are not sure of.
Hi, I’m David. I am currently in my second year studying Computer Science and I’m loving it! The huge variety of things we learn on my course is challenging but very rewarding. My favourite module so far has been Database Systems; to be honest I thought it would be quite dull, but the lecturers are great fun and made the subject really interesting and engaging. I am currently looking for a third year industrial placement to develop my CV and improve my job prospects.
Merchiston campus is very well geared up for computing students. The Jack Kilby Computing Centre (JKCC) has over 500 PCs and Macs, as well as the Games Development Lab and other computing facilities. The Library is excellent and I really enjoy using the collaborative areas, where students on all computing courses can mix and work together. I encourage you, if you haven’t already, to explore these areas when you visit in March.
University is not just about working though; there are plenty of societies and sports clubs to join! I am a member of the Archery club, The ENSA (Edinburgh Napier Student Association) societies are a great way to socialise with people on completely different courses to me, which has helped me feel really welcome at Edinburgh Napier.
Moving to Edinburgh for university was a bit of a shock, but there are loads of things to do during Fresher’s Week to help you settle in. Do as much as you can – there is something for everyone, even if you are not a party animal!
If you have already been to an open day, don’t let that stop you from having another visit – you will certainly discover something new. Ask lecturers and students as many questions as you can throw at them, they will be more than happy to answer.
Hi! I’m Salomi, and I’m currently in my 4th year of MEng Civil & Transportation Engineering. Congratulations on receiving an offer to study at Edinburgh Napier!
I have had an amazing experience on my course. When I first arrived I was surprised with the campus and the facilities on offer to students. There are so many places to study by yourself or with a group and also to socialise between classes. Another exciting thing is that there are so many student groups that you can join including sports clubs, student societies and even volunteering. Edinburgh Napier Students Association (ENSA) also look after course societies too; I am a member of Civil Engineering group and I found that very useful for developing my subject knowledge and getting to know people.
My lecturers have been very supportive and always willing to answer my questions after lectures! I have also been supported to develop my skills; last year my Supervisor offered me the opportunity to participate in an extra course organised by the Scottish Lime Centre and I now have a specialist qualification in ‘Restoring Stone Masonry’, which has been good for my professional development.
The greatest thing for me is the support and the opportunities that I have had from the University. There are lots of opportunities to go to employability or careers events. When I was looking for an internship last year, I booked a one-on-one appointment with the careers service which was really helpful as they showed me how to build up my CV and make my applications stronger. One month later I received an offer from a company for a summer placement! I am really grateful for their help.
You will have the opportunity to explore Merchiston campus and find out more about Edinburgh Napier during your Applicant Visit Day, so make sure you register!