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Edinburgh Napier University

Now home to over 19,500 students from over 140 countries, we first welcomed 800 students as Napier Technical College in 1964. However our story goes back to the time of John Napier, the brilliant 16th-century mathematician and philosopher from whom we take our name.
The past five decades have seen us grow into a globally renowned institution, while retaining our focus on professional knowledge and personalised learning. The timeline below marks key moments in that history.

  • 1550 - 1958: Foundations are laid
  • 1550 John Napier, inventor of logarithms and the decimal point, is born in the tower house of Merchiston Castle.
  • 1958 Merchiston Tower is saved from demolition; restoration work begins with the intention of integrating the medieval structure into a new college to be named for John Napier.

1964 - 1992: Napier Technical College

  • 1964 Napier Technical College opens its doors to students at Merchiston. Courses included coopering, cabinet making, boat building, chemistry and engineering.
  • 1967 Renamed Napier College of Science & Technology.
  • 1974 Edinburgh College of Commerce merges with Napier to become Napier College of Commerce and Technology.
  • 1984 Her Majesty the Queen and HRH Duke of Edinburgh visit Sighthill campus and open the newly extended library.
  • 1986 Napier acquires the former St. Andrew’s College of Education at Craiglockhart. War poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon recuperated there during the First World War, when the hospital was used to treat shell-shocked officers.
  • 1987 The new Craiglockhart campus is opened by Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.
  • 1992 - 2009: Napier University
  • 1992 Napier is officially inaugurated as a University. Lord James Douglas Hamilton and Principal William Turmeau unveil the new University sign at Merchiston.
  • 1994 Napier acquires the magnificent buildings and grounds of the former Thomas Clouston Clinic at Craighouse in south-west Edinburgh.
  • 1996 A new Faculty of Health Studies is created within Napier University, following a merger with Lothian College of Health Studies and the Scottish Borders College of Nursing.
  • 1997 HRH Princess Anne visits and formally opens Craighouse campus. A sculpture of John Napier by Ukrainian artist Valentin Znoba is unveiled.
  • 2001 The £7m Jack Kilby Centre, a purpose-built 500 PC computer lab with 24-hour access, is opened at Merchiston by Nobel Prize winner Professor Jack Kilby.
  • 2003 Professor Joan K Stringer is inaugurated as Principal & Vice-Chancellor, becoming the first female Principal of a Scottish institution of higher education.
  • 2004: Craiglockhart Campus re-opens after extensive refurbishment, providing modern and iconic teaching accommodation.
  • 2005 Screen Academy Scotland is opened by First Minister Jack McConnell. It's a collaboration between Napier University and the Edinburgh College of Art. Patrons include Brian Cox, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Sean Connery.
  • 2007 Tim Waterstone, founder of Waterstone’s booksellers, is formally inaugurated as Chancellor of the University.
  • 2008 Napier University is rated Scotland’s best modern university by The Guardian University Guide.
  • 2009 We are ranked first in Scotland for graduate employability by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).
  • 009 - present: Edinburgh Napier University
  • 2009 The University is renamed Edinburgh Napier University. The University’s Building Performance Centre is awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.
  • 2011 The University opens its new £60m state-of-the art Sighthill campus.
  • 2013 Professor Andrea Nolan OBE joins the University as Principal & Vice-Chancellor.
  • 2014 Edinburgh Napier University celebrates 50 years as an institution of learning.
  • 2015 We launch the £100 million investment campaign Transforming Tomorrow, Together. Dr David Eustace, alumnus and internationally renowned photographer, is installed as our third Chancellor.
  • 2016 A second Queen’s Anniversary Prize is received, this time for internationally acclaimed work in timber engineering, sustainable construction and wood science. Meanwhile, the University is rated top in the UK for adding value to students by the Guardian University Guide 2017, receives five stars for teaching, employability and internationalisation from the prestigious QS Stars rankings, and enters the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, putting them in the top 5% of universities worldwide.

When you come to Edinburgh Napier University, you’ll study at one of their six specialist schools. Each of their schools is an impressive institution in its own right, with world-class facilities, academics, researchers and international links.

The Business School
They are a modern, global and dynamic business school home to students, staff and researchers inspired by the world around them to provide creative, sustainable solutions to economic challenges and the needs of society.

School of Applied Sciences
From career guidance to sports performance, biomedical science to ecotourism, research into human life, human behaviour and our understanding of the environment is at the centre of the School of Applied Sciences.

School of Arts & Creative Industries
If you want to pursue a creative industries career, our School of Arts & Creative Industries offers a range of degrees to create a vibrant, international and creative community. Our modern facilities and strong links with industry combine to produce industry-ready, award-winning graduates.

School of Computing
The School of Computing will equip you for the future in a fast-changing and fascinating sector. From networking to cybercrime, sound design to web development, we offer innovative, accredited courses taught by industry experts in labs that feature cutting-edge kit.

School of Engineering & the Built Environment
The School of Engineering & the Built Environment gives you the skills needed to innovate, create, respond to and provide solutions for a technically-demanding society. We have a broad range of courses that have been designed with employment in mind.

School of Health & Social Care
The UK’s envied healthcare model, Scotland’s strong reputation for health training and our research-active academics makes Edinburgh Napier the ideal place to study, no matter where you are based.

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