Edinburgh Napier University


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Overall ranking: Came 92nd out of 126 in the Complete University Guide for 2016.

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. The university no longer requests UCAS points, on average courses require BBBC or BBBB, but this varies and the university judges each application on individual merit. Entry requirements for BSc sport & exercise science, BSc sport & exercise science (exercise physiology) and BSc sport & exercise science (sports injuries) have been lowered from BBBB to BBBC for 2014 entry onwards.

Vital statistics: Napier has grown rapidly. The total student population is over 17,800 with over 5,500 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. In September 2013, a brand new building housing the School of Music opened at the Merchiston Campus, giving students access to state-of-the-art facilities, including several sound-proofed industry standard music studios.

Teaching: 87th out of 126 for student satisfaction with teaching.

Graduate prospects: 82nd out of 126 with 61 per cent finding graduate level employment.

Any accommodation? There are 234 purpose built flats with space for 1,298 students in the city centre, offering both en-suite and non en-suite accommodation. Rent ranges from £103 - £133 per week and covers heating, electricity, internet and basic contents insurance. New accommodation opened in September 2013, sitting opposite Fountain Park – a 10 minute walk from the city centre. Bainfield has 117 en-suite flats which can house 778 students. Weekly rents are £122 for a shared flat or £133 for a studio. A student bar is planned to open at the site in September 2014.

Cheap to live there? Scotland's capital can be easy or hard on the pocket, depending on where you live. You can pay anything from £70 a 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: Eligible Scottish domiciled and EU students studying full-time in Scotland are not required to pay tuition fees if studying for a first degree or equivalent. Applicants from England, Wales and Northern Ireland pay £9000 per year but - some good news - they only pay for three years of their four year degree, so the total cost is £27,000 for four years.

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: £3.38 on average in Edinburgh with cheaper drinks deals in the Students' Union bar.

Sporting reputation: Not the sportiest- 86th 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.