Founded in 1964, Edinburgh Napier University offers a strong focus on professional degree programs - business, life/health sciences, engineering, IT, creative industries (design/film/communications). Napier places a particular emphasis on hands-on learning to equip their students for success in today's competitive global job market.
Named for John Napier, the inventor of logarithms and the decimal point, the university is one of Scotland’s largest higher education institutions with a student population of over 17,000. Though the university does have a larger population of Scottish students than many other Scottish universities, it still sports an international student population of 4,000 students from 109 countries.
Student accommodations are located at Bainfield in the Fountainbridge area, which has seen a lot of development over the last 10 years and has great amenities right outside the front door. Additionally, the area is just 20 minutes away by foot (or 10 minutes by bus) from the city’s shopping district, Edinburgh Castle, the historic Grassmarket and more.
There are three campuses, all located in the southwestern part of the city and home to a different faculty. Craiglockhart is home to the Business School, Sighthill to the Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences and Merchiston houses the Faculty of Engineering, Computing & Creative Industries. Each campus is easily accessible by public transportation from student housing at Bainfield.
The University has received several awards by different bodies for its green campus and reduced carbon emissions, winning the Carbon Masters Standard in 2012 and being ranked #1 in Scotland on the People & Planet Green League in 2013.