Edinburgh Napier University is one of Scotland’s largest higher education institution, with a diverse student population of over 17,000 students, both local and international. Edinburgh Napier University is ranked within the top twenty universities in the UK, in terms of employability of its graduate students. It boasts of three major campuses in Edinburgh – Sighthill, Craiglockhart and the Merchiston campuses. The University is organized into three faculties: the Business School, Engineering, Computing & Creative Industries, and Health, Life & Social Sciences, housed in the Craiglockhart, Merchiston and Sighthill campuses, respectively. The motto of the university, Nisi sapientia frustra “everything is in vain without knowledge” reflects the goal and high academic standards of the University.
ENU was first established under the moniker, Napier Technical College in 1964, with the Merchiston castle as its centre. Its name was derived from John Napier, the inventor of logarithms and the decimal point, who was born in the tower house of the medieval Merchiston castle in 1550. The University was renamed Napier College of Science and Technology in 1966. Three years later, it combined with the Sighthill-based Edinburgh College of Commerce to become the Napier College of Commerce and Technology, which became a Central Institution in 1985. The college was renamed Napier Polytechnic in 1986, and a year later, its new Craiglockhart campus was opened by the then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. In 1992 the institution officially became known as Napier University, and its first Chancellor, Lord Younger of Prestwick, was installed. The University was renamed Edinburgh Napier University in 2009. The same year, the University’s Building Performance Centre was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for ‘Innovative housing construction for environmental benefit and quality of life’.
ENU aims to provide ‘an enterprising and innovative community renowned internationally, with an unrivalled student learning experience.’ Some of their well-known graduates are Tavish Scott MSP, BBC broadcaster Catriona Shearer, photographers David Eustace and Colin Baxter, and film director Lynne Ramsay. They have also awarded honorary degrees to distinguished personages, like J.K. Rowling OBE, Sir Sean Connery, Sir Bill Gammell, Prof Anne Glover CBE, Dr Nigel Planer, Dr Christopher Brookmyre, Dr Lindsay Stewart OBE and Dr Jackie Stewart, in recognition of their valuable contribution to their respective fields of work.
Edinburgh Napier offers undergraduate, postgraduate and research courses on subjects such as engineering, computing, nursing and midwifery, science, business courses, timber engineering and transport studies. It offers a variety of creative courses as well, including film, graphic design, acting, publishing and product design. Edinburgh Napier has nine Institutes of Research and Innovation. Among the accolades the University has received for its excellence in higher education are the Buttle UK Quality Mark, Carbon Masters Standard, Green League 1st Class, Investors in People and RoSPA Gold Award.
ENU is forging its way ahead in the world of science and research, changing lives across the globe. In the recent years, the university is using new mobile and internet technologies to revolutionize the provision of healthcare across Europe. It is also helping to sustain global economies by setting up scientific schemes to help conserve endangered flora and fauna such as mangroves and mangrove crabs in countries like Kenya and Brazil. Other areas of research in engineering, life and social sciences, are also conducted by the University, and show promise of reaching great heights in the coming years.