Edinburgh Napier University
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|Edinburgh Napier University|
|Motto||Latin: Nisi sapientia frustra|
|Motto in English||"Everything is in vain without knowledge" (echoing the motto of the City of Edinburgh, Nisi Dominus frustra "Everything is in vain without the Lord").|
|Established||1992 – granted University Status
1964 – Napier Technical College
|Budget||£105 million (GBP, 2009/10)|
|Principal||Prof. Dame Joan Stringer DBE|
Edinburgh Napier University is a higher education institution in Scotland with over 17,000 students, including nearly 5,000 international students, from more than 100 nations worldwide.
Edinburgh Napier University opened its doors to students as Napier Technical College in 1964, taking its name from John Napier, the inventor of logarithms and the decimal point, who was born in 1550 in the medieval tower house of Merchiston Castle (the site of the University's Merchiston campus). His statue stands outside the entrance to the main building on Craighouse Campus today. In 1966, it was renamed Napier College of Science and Technology. Three years later, it merged with the Sighthill-based Edinburgh College of Commerce to form Napier College of Commerce and Technology, which became a Central Institution in 1985.
The college was renamed Napier Polytechnic in 1986 and in the same year acquired the former Hydropathic hospital buildings at Craiglockhart. In June 1992 the institution officially became Napier University. At a ceremony witnessed by over 700 staff and students, Lord James Douglas Hamilton and the then Principal, Professor William Turmeau, unveiled the new University sign at Merchiston. In 1994, Napier University acquired its Craighouse Campus. In 1996, the university gained a new Faculty of Health Studies through a merger between the Scottish Borders College of Nursing and Lothian College of Health Studies.
In February 2009 the University launched its new title, Edinburgh Napier University, to reflect its location in Scotland's capital city.
Edinburgh Napier was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize 2009 for Higher and Further Education. The award was made for 'Innovative housing construction for environmental benefit and quality of life', recognising the contribution made by the University's Building Performance Centre towards improving sound insulation between attached dwellings.
The motto of the University, Nisi sapientia frustra (meaning "Everything is in vain without knowledge") echoes the motto of the City of Edinburgh, Nisi Dominus frustra (meaning "Everything is in vain without the LORD"). Edinburgh Napier's Tartan was launched at the same time as the name change in February 2009. Previously the university used the Clan Napier Tartan; the Chief of Clan Napier welcomed the new University tartan.
Courses and students
Edinburgh Napier offers subjects including engineering, computing, nursing and midwifery, science, business courses, timber engineering and transport studies. It offers a range of creative courses, including film, graphic design, acting, publishing and product design.
Edinburgh Napier's Business School has achieved Chartered Management Institute (CMI) certification. The Business School runs programmes in conjunction with its many overseas partners including, most recently, the Master of Science in International Hospitality and Tourism Management, with HTMi, the Hotel and Tourism Management Institute Switzerland.
Screen Academy Scotland is one of only two dual-status Skillset Film & Media Academies in the UK. A collaboration between Edinburgh Napier University and Edinburgh College of Art (eca). Patrons of the Academy include Sir Sean Connery, Dame Judi Dench and Brian Cox with Tilda Swinton an ambassador.
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The university is based around its Merchiston, Craighouse, Craiglockhart and Sighthill campuses. There are also smaller medical campuses at outside the city in Melrose and Livingston's St John's Hospital at Howden. Other notable Edinburgh buildings have been incorporated, including the former Parish Church at Morningside.
Sighthill Campus The Sighthill Campus opened to students in the Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences in January 2011. The campus includes a five storey learning resource centre, 25 specialised teaching rooms including clinical skills laboratories, an environmental chamber and biomechanics laboratory, a crime scene scenario room, three IT-enabled lecture theatres and seminar rooms, a clinical skills suite and integrated sports facilities. The campus has received the BREEAM excellence rating. This sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design.
The Sighthill campus is also home to a new sports facility which includes a biomechanics laboratory and an environmental chamber which can recreate high altitude conditions with controllable temperature and humidity levels to simulate varying climatic conditions.
The Craiglockhart Campus is home to The Business School. It incorporates the Craiglockhart Hydropathic Hospital buildings which were for a time known as Craiglockhart War Hospital, where First World War poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon were treated. The Craiglockhart Campus exhibits photography, writing, film and memorabilia to provide a glimpse into the minds of the poets, patients and medical staff at Craiglockhart. The exhibition also provides War Poets Collection based on the work of Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen and selected contemporary poets. The exhibition was officially opened on 11 November 2005 by BBC's World Affairs Correspondent, Allan Little. This campus is the home of the law and business courses and is also operates as a conference centre. The Craiglockhart Campus was refurbished in 2004 and contains two lecture theatres, language labs and computing facilities.
The Merchiston Campus is home to the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Creative Industries. It is built around the refurbished shell of Merchiston Castle, the family home of John Napier, after whom the University is named. Merchiston Castle is also the ancient seat of Clan Napier. It also incorporates the 500-seat Jack Kilby Computing Centre, named after the inventor of integrated circuits and the handheld calculator. Merchiston Castle is currently a "Category A" listed building in Scotland due to its national significance.
Napier Students' Association (NSA) is located nearby on Merchiston Place in a converted house. It houses the student bar for Merchiston Campus. The union building also contains the office of the sabbatical officers and Independent Student Advice Service advisers.
Craighouse Campus The Craighouse Campus is based around the former Thomas Clouston Clinic which was a psychiatric hospital until 1990. This campus is home to School of Arts & Creative Industries courses as well as the Ian Tomlin School of Music. The campus was sold to The Craighouse Partnership in March 2011 for conversion into flats The university plan to occupy the campus until 2013.
Edinburgh Napier is currently constructing new student accommodation flats in Fountainbridge. Napier also provides assistance to students looking to rent in the private sector.
Research and knowledge transfer
Edinburgh Napier has nine Institutes of Research and Innovation:
- Edinburgh Institute
- Employment Research Institute
- Institute for Science & Health Innovation
- Institute for Creative Industries
- Institute for Informatics & Digital Innovation
- Institute for Product Design & Manufacture
- Institute for Sustainable Construction
- Forest Products Research Institute
- Transport Research Institute
The Edinburgh, Lothians, Fife and Borders Regional Articulation Hub (ELRAH), led by Edinburgh Napier, comprises 15 university and college partners. The project was established in early 2009 and funded by the Scottish Funding Council. 1,161 undergraduate students joined Edinburgh Napier directly from a Scottish College in 2009/10.
Edinburgh Napier also has articulation agreements and partnerships to deliver courses with higher education institutions in China, Hong Kong, and Malaysia. The university also has offices in Beijing and Hyderabad.
Edinburgh International College
In 2010, the University announced a collaboration with global education provider Navitas to found Edinburgh International College (EIC), an on-campus associate college. EIC provides degree level and Pre-Masters pathways in a range of subject areas, including Accounting and Finance, Business, Tourism and Computing.
The student union bar is located above the Three Sisters bar in the Cowgate Edinburgh. However the union will be changing location next year when the lease ends.
The student newspaper, Veritas, is published monthly. It was founded as a tabloid newspaper in 1993 by Neil McIntosh. Past Veritas editors include Craig McGill, Alan 'GtB' Brown, Robin Wynn and Gareth Mackie.
The Students' Association supports a variety of sporting and cultural societies.
Edinburgh Napier University comprises three main faculties:
- The Business School comprises:
- School of Accounting, Financial Services & Law
- School of Management, and
- School of Marketing, Tourism & Languages
- The Faculty of Engineering, Computing & Creative Industries comprises:
- School of Arts & Creative Industries
- School of Computing, and
- School of Engineering & the Built Environment.
- The Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences comprises:
- School of Life, Sport & Social Sciences, and
- School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Care
Dr Graham Forbes is chairman of the University Court.
Dr Gerry Webber holds the position of University Secretary & Registrar.
Edinburgh Napier has three Vice Principals:
- Vice Principal of Strategy, Resources and External Relations – Professor John Duffield
- Vice Principal of Commercialisation – Professor Robin Mackenzie
- Dean of the Business School – Professor George Stonehouse
- Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Computing & Creative Industries – Sandra Cairncross
- Dean of the Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences – Iain McIntosh
- Shehzad Afzal, film director and screenwriter
- Catriona Shearer, BBC Reporting Scotland anchor
- John Andrew Barrett, Scottish Liberal Democrat MP
- Jayne Baxter, Labour party politician
- James Boyle (broadcasting), arts supremo (honorary doctorate)
- Moray Callum, Scottish automotive designer
- Jim Dobbin, English Labour MP
- Tom Harris, Scottish Labour MP
- Amanda Hamilton, broadcaster
- David Hamilton, tenor
- El Mafrex, singer-songwriter
- Craig McGill, writer, media analyst and PR consultant
- Carol Kirkwood, BBC weather forecaster
- Jamie Mayer. rugby player
- Neil McIntosh, journalist with the Wall Street Journal
- Sam Mitchell, cinematographer
- Graeme Morrice, Labour Party MP
- Neil Poulton, industrial desginer
- Tavish Scott, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP
- Lynsey Sharp, Olympics gold medallist
- Gordon Smart, Journalist and showbusiness editor at The Sun
- Kyle Traynor, Scottish rugby union player
- Paolo Buoni, Promoter of Renewable Energy technologies in Europe, Director of the European Energy Centre
- Alan Fisher, Journalist - Senior Correspondent, Al Jazeera English
- "The Napier Estate: past and present" (PDF). Napier University. 2007. p. 28. Retrieved 21 January 2009.
- Napier University. "Edinburgh Napier University Accounts for the Year to 31 July 2010". Retrieved 14 Feb 2012.
- Times Higher Education Table of Excellence
- Guardian RAE tables 2008
- "The Sunday Times University League Table" (PDF). The Sunday Times (London). Retrieved 3 November 2007.
- War Poets Collection Craiglockhart Campus. http://www2.napier.ac.uk/warpoets/index.htm
- The Scotsman (Edinburgh) http://news.scotsman.com/education/Napier-Uni-campus-sold-for.6740247.jp
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- "Historic university campus sold for redevelopment". BBC News. 25 March 2011.
- Napier Students' Association - Executive lineup
- Napier University. "History of Napier University". Retrieved 4 July 2008.