Edinburgh Napier University

 

Overall ranking: Came 98th out of 124 in the Complete University Guide for 2014.

History: Started out as a technical college in 1964, became a poly, then a university in 1992.

Address: Based around a range campuses in the south-west of Edinburgh from the intimate to the spectacular, including Merchiston, Craighouse, Craiglockhart, Canaan Lane and Comely Bank.

Ambience: The capital of Scotland is stunning - groaning with culture, heritage and entertainment possibilities. The university's main Craiglockhart campus was recently refurbished, offering a new teaching block, library and computer suites.

Who's the boss? Professor Andrea Nolan OBE, an academic and qualified vet, took over as principal and vice-chancellor in July 2013.

Prospectus: 08452 606 040 or order/download one here.

UCAS code: N07

What you need to know

Easy to get into? Getting more competitive - applications went up 50 per cent between 2009 and 2010. Most undergraduate courses require 215-245 UCAS entry points, although the university judges each application on individual merit.

Vital statistics: Napier has grown rapidly. The total student population is over 17,500 with close to 5,000 coming from outside the EU.

Added value: Strong links with business and industry mean good work placement opportunities and masses of industry input to course design. Recent refurbishment on the Merchiston Campus, completed in February 2013, has included a new student hub, new reception and state-of-the-art fully soundproofed music studios.

Teaching: 102nd out of 124 for student satisfaction with teaching.

Research: 102nd out of 124 in the Research Assessment Exercise.

Graduate prospects: 46th out of 124 with 69.3 per cent finding graduate level employment.

Any accommodation? There are over 900 places available in university-owned self-catering flats. Expect to pay around £100 per week. New accommodation to open in September 2013.

Cheap to live there? Scotland's capital can be easy or hard on the pocket, depending on where you live. You can pay anywhere between £60 and £100 per week for a room in a shared flat.

Transport links: Fast and efficient rail, air and bus connections link Edinburgh to the rest of Scotland and the UK. There is also a bus service to take you between campuses and into the city.

Fees: Scottish and EU students pay £1820 per year, with those from the UK and overseas paying distinctly more. Different fee levels apply depending on which course you are studying.

Bursaries: The Student Awards Agency Scotland will pay the tuition fees for those from Scotland or the EU, excluding the rest of the UK. The university offers a host of scholarships and bursaries dependent on various criteria. See the website for more details.

The fun stuff

Nightlife: Students tend to look to the City for entertainment and Edinburgh more than lives up to the task. The Sports and Societies Ball in the second semester is a highlight.

Price of a pint: £3.25 on average in Edinburgh with cheaper drinks deals in the Students' Union bar.

Sporting reputation: Not the sportiest- 78th in the current BUCS league.

Notable societies: Girls, joining Ladies Society is a must for trips to fish spas, cocktail-making classes, belly dancing and many a night out. Drama is strong, while Whisky Society organises tastings and the odd trip abroad.

Glittering alumni: Mark Goodier, DJ; Lynne Ramsay, director; Catriona Shearer, BBC broadcaster, Colin Baxter, photographer and Tavish Scott MSP, former leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

Alternative prospectus: Join in discussions with former, current and prospective Napier students on The Student Room, to help you decide whether the university may be the place for you.

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