Napier University

Napier University

Infobox University
name = Napier University
latin_name =

image_size = 200px
motto = "Nisi sapientia frustra" (Latin: "Without knowledge, all is in vain")
established = 1992 (founded 1964 as Napier Technical College)
type = Public
staff = 1,648cite web|url=|title=Napier University News Centre|author=Napier University|accessdate=2006-03-15]
chancellor = Tim Waterstone
principal = Prof. Joan Stringer CBE
students = 14,850cite web |url= |title=Table 0a - All students by institution, mode of study, level of study, gender and domicile 2005/06 |work=Higher Education Statistics Agency online statistics |accessdate=2007-04-05]
undergrad = 11,685
postgrad = 3,165
city = Edinburgh
state =
country = Scotland
free_label = Turnover
free = £70 million (GBP, 2003)
affiliations =
website =

Napier University is a university in Edinburgh, Scotland.


Napier University was opened as Napier Technical College in 1964, taking its name from John Napier, the inventor of logarithms, who was born at Merchiston Castle, the site of the Merchiston campus. In 1966, it was renamed Napier College of Science and Technology. Since 1971, it has offered degree-level education. 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. It gained full university status in its own right in June 1992. In 1994, Napier University acquired its Craighouse campus.

In 1996, the university gained a new Faculty of Health Studies, a merger of the Scottish Borders College of Nursing and Lothian College of Health Studies.

In early 2008 Napier University was named the best modern university in Scotland by the Guardian University Guide 2009, meeting their Strategic Plan vision to be widely regarded as the best modern University in Scotland by 2010.

Napier is especially noted for a range of subject areas including timber engineering and transport studies, and in addition its journalism courses are considered to be of a high standard with some lecturers giving expert testimony to the Scottish Parliament. In 2002 Napier achieved top grades in Accounting, Computing and Law in the Quality Assessment Agency's new Subject Reviews, outperforming all other new Scottish Universities as well as a number of traditional ones.

During the last 2 years, NUBS (Napier University Business School) proved to be the strongest part of the University, achieving the rare Chartered Management Institute (CMI) certification and was rated best new business school in the United Kingdom by the Guardian in 2007. The University has also achieved good marks in the Times University ranking, being named the best University in Scotland for graduate level employment according to the Sunday Times University Guide 2007.

Napier also tries to strengthen its international activities by having several campuses around the world and the 4th largest percentage of foreign students in the UK.

The University has one of the largest business schools of any university in Scotland. The School of Computing at Napier University is also the largest computing department in Scotland.

Napier also founded the Screen Academy Scotland in 2005 together with Edinburgh College of Art, establishing a powerhouse in the UK film industry with Sean Connery and Dame Judi Dench as patrons of the academy, and ambassadors including Tilda Swinton and Brian Cox.

Future developments will include an expensive area development of the old Sighthill campus, investing around ₤80m for the renovation of the old building as well as for several new ones in order to enhance not only the University but also the surrounding area of Sighthill. Completion of the project is scheduled for 2010. Napier is also trying to strengthen the business school even further by enhancing the international reputation - with Napier being one of the Top 5 Universities for Chinese students in the United Kingdom.

The motto of the University, Nisi sapientia frustra (meaning "Without knowledge, all is in vain") echoes the motto of the City of Edinburgh, Nisi Dominus frustra (meaning "Without the LORD, all is in vain").


The university is based around its Merchiston, Craighouse, Craiglockhart and Sighthill campuses. There are also smaller, medical campuses at Canaan Lane's Astley Ainslie Hospital and Comely Bank in Edinburgh, as well as 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.

The Merchiston campus 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. This campus plays host to the sports, science, mathematics, engineering and computing courses. It also incorporates the 500-seat Jack Kilby Computing Centre, an award-winning computing computing suite open 24/7, named after the inventor of integrated circuits and the handheld calculator. Students are free to make use of this any time, and it is also where many tutorials take place, especially by the School Of Computing.

The Napier Students' Association (NSA) is located nearby on Merchiston Place in a converted house. It houses "twelve", the student bar for Merchiston campus - which was closed for the 05-06 session, but has recently been reopened. Its hours of business are 4 pm-11 pm, Monday-Friday.

accredidation and is already certified by the Chartered Management Institute. The campus is seen as one of the leading campuses in Europe, offering an open-space environment and most up-to-date technology including touchscreen computers in each room. As the Napier University Business School offers a real-world business approach based around group activities and simulations, the campus offers a unique space to work outside the lectures - e.g. by offering over 200 computers, a modern on-campus library and three different cafés and restaurants including meeting space and complete wireless Internet access coverage.

The Craighouse campus is based around the former Thomas Clouston Clinic which was a private mental hospital until 1990. Its position allows for panoramic views over the entire city. This campus is home to the social science and communication arts courses as well as the Ian Tomlin School of Music.

The University has ties both nationally (with colleges such as Carnegie College) and globally. Napier University was the first Scottish institution to allow Chinese students to study for a Scottish degree without leaving their home country in 2004 via links with Zhengzhou University of Light Industry(ZZULI)(Simplified Chinese:郑州轻工业学院). The University also operates an office in Beijing, China and operates through articulation agreements and partnerships to deliver courses with higher education institutions in Hong Kong and Malaysia.

Student organisation and media

Napier University's students' union is called the "Napier Students' Association" (NSA). The current NSA President is Carys Evans (2008/09). Recent past NSA presidents include Aran Simm (07-08) Peter Marshall (2005-06) and Christian Poziemski (2004-05).

The student newspaper is "Veritas" and comes out 6-7 times per year. It was founded as a fortnightly tabloid newspaper in 1993 by Neil McIntosh, then Depute President (Communications). The current Veritas editors are Martin Couper, Lewie Peterson and Darren Scott Gleeson.
Their editorship has seen Veritas achieve recognition as Best Production at the annual Scottish Herald Student Press Awards in 2007. Also in 2007, Features Editor Lewie Peterson, Music Editor Rebecca Moore and Sports Editor Andrew Kennedy were shortlisted for Student Interviewer of the Year at the Press Gazette Student Journalism Awards, marking a very successful year for Veritas.

Past Veritas editors include Alan 'GTB' Brown (1995-96), Robin Wynn (1996-97), Gareth Mackie (1999), Laura Brown (2005-06), Jesse Karjalainen (2004-05), co-editors David Lewis and Adam Morris (2003-04) and Craig McGill (1994-1995) ).David O'Dornan was editor in 2000/01. He re-established it as a tabloid newspaper and brought back the title name 'Veritas' under his editorship, after the previous regime in 1999/00 had instead unsuccessfully attempted to launch a magazine.

Sports clubs include American Football, Archery, Football (Men's and Women's), Gaelic Football, Golf, Hockey, Jitsu, Kayak, Netball, Rugby, Snowsports, Sub Aqua, Swimming, Tennis and Volleyball.

Societies include African, Anime and Manga, Celtic Cultural, Christian Union, Drama, Film, Friends of Nepal, Gospel Choir, Indian Culture, Law Society and Whisky.

Academic structure

Napier University comprises three main Faculties each with three constituent schools.

* Napier University Business School comprises:
**School of Management & Law
**School of Accounting, Economics & Statistics, and
**School of Marketing, Tourism & Languages.
*The Faculty of Engineering, Computing & Creative Industries comprises:
**School of Creative Industries
**School of Engineering & the Built Environment, and
**School of Computing.
*The Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences comprises:
**School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Care
**School of Health & Social Sciences, and
**School of Life Sciences.

Napier also founded the Scottish Screen Academy together with the Edinburgh College of Arts, establishing a powerhouse in the UK film industry with Sean Connery as the Chancellor of the academy.

Research and activity centres

Napier has over 30 research teams operating across the University.

The Centre for Timber Engineering is a focus for excellence in providing research, consultancy, information, education and training in the use of timber in construction.

The Employment Research Institute carries out applied and theoretical research into the changing nature of work and employment.

The International Teledemocracy Centre remit is to research and apply information and communication technologies to enhance and support the democratic decision-making processes.

The Transport Research Institute is a distributed organisation, promoting cross-disciplinarily research in transport.

The University is home to the Screen Academy Scotland, a collaboration with the Edinburgh College of Art which is one of six recognised centres of excellence in film practice education

The Centre for Distributed Computing and Security [ CDCS] at Napier University focuses on the key issues in distributed computing and security, including: enhanced security and forensic computing systems; ad-hoc routing over wireless networks; mobile IP; intelligent intrusion detection systems; the usage of mobile agents; location-tracking of mobile devices; multicast and broadcast communications; and on device emulation. At the core of its work is the successful transfer of knowledge between the research group and professionals, along with its excellent reputation for: its depth of skills; its links with industry and in enterprise; and, in its record on dissemination. It has extensive links with industry, and has developed a novel system for an agent-based system for ad-hoc routing over wireless networks, in mobile IP systems, health care systems, and innovative methods for device tracking and in content generation. At present it is working with several organisations including the FSA [ FSA] . The group is led by [ Prof Bill Buchanan] who has won several awards for excellence, and was also an award winner at the KTP (Knowledge Transfer Programme) Awards 2003 and in 2004. Previous EPSRC-related work applied expert systems to industrial systems, and extensive activities in knowledge transfer from universities to industry. The EPSRC-related work implemented artificial intelligence methods to the industrial control of large turbocompressors. In the end the system used novel fuzzy logic and neural networks applications, and saved over £1million in energy savings for the industrial partner, and also drastically reduced CO2 emissions (this has been verified by independent auditors). The work could not be published because of the industrial collaboration, but had many positive results. Overall his work has been extensively done in collaboration with industry and publicly funding organisations, such as the NHS and the Scottish Police, and he is part of the Research Network for Applied Policing Research, which is an SFC/Police-funded initiative and runs from 2006 to 2011 (total proposed expenditure: £8million). The work with the Scottish Police builds on digital forensics work which is currently investigating enhanced and verifiable data gathering systems for forensic applications, and also in creating a complete framework for digital forensics, including the definition, modelling, implementation and verification of a digital forensics auditing policy. His work also relates to simulators for the teaching of [ networking] . Other researchers in the group include: [ Dr Ahmed Al-Dubia] , [ Alistair Lawson] , [ Dr Jose Munoz] , [ Dr John Old] , [ Dr Imed Romdhani] , [ Dr Gordon Russell] , and Dr Christoph Thuemmler (MD).

Napier is also host to:

* Building Performance Centre (BPC)
* Centre for Cultural & Creative Industries (CCCI)
* Centre for Informatics Research (CIR)
* Centre for Infrastructure Research (CISR)
* Scottish Energy Centre (SEC)
* Scottish Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology
* Applied Psychology Research Group
* Biofuels Research Centre
* Biomedicine and Sports Science
* Centre for Integrated Healthcare Research
* Clinical Nursing and Midwifery
* Communities in Society
* Environmental Biology
* Microbiology & Biotechnology
* Accounting and Finance
**including EU China DRC
* Business and Management Learning Pedagogy
* Centre for Law
* Consumer Research
**including Centre for Festival & Events Management
* Centre for Entrepreneurship
* Leadership and Management Practice
**including Edinburgh Human Resource Academy (EHRA)
* Centre for Learning Communities

Commercially, Napier has developed a number of spinout companies. These include Cardiodigital, Micro Emissive Displays, Surfactant Solutions and Freelight Systems.

Office holders

Napier University's Principal and Vice-Chancellor is Professor Joan Stringer CBE.

The Chancellor is Tim Waterstone, founder of Waterstone's bookshop and chairman of HMV Media Group. He succeeded Napier's first chancellor, the late Viscount Younger of Leckie in August 2007, following his death in January 2003.

Dr Andrew Cubie CBE is chairman of the University Court, Dr Gerry Webber holds the position of University Secretary & Registrar, and Mr Colin Bryce is Special Advisor to the Vice-Principals.

"'Napier has three Vice Principals:"'
* Vice Principal of Academic Development - Dr Peter Easy
* Vice Principal of Research & Knowledge Transfer - Professor Robin Mackenzie
* Vice Principal of Academic Quality & Customer Service - Dr Jenny Rees.

Faculty Deans:

* Dean of [ Napier University 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] - Professor Morag Prowse

Mr Jack Worden is Dean of International Strategy & Operations.

The Directors of Napier's service departments are as follows:

* Academic Development - Rowena Pelik
* C&IT Services - Paul Dean
* Development Office - Karen Cairney
* Educational Development - Fred Percival
* Facilities Services - Patrick Hughes
* Finance Services - Eric Gibson
* Graduate School and Research Office - Diana Woodward
* Human Resources - Margaret Cook
* Knowledge Transfer & Commercialisation Services - Brendan McGuckin
* Learning Information Services - Chris Pinder
* Lifelong Learning Services - Sam Allwinkle
* Marketing & Communications - Christine Tierney (Acting Director for Special Projects)
* Planning & Intelligence Services - David Hunter
* Policy and Communications - Louise MacDonald
* Quality Enhancement Services - Anne Sibbald
* Secretariat and Management Services - John McDermott
* Student Affairs - Cathy Lambert
* Student Support Services - Derek Davidson


*John Andrew Barrett, Scottish Liberal Democrat MP
*James Boyle (broadcasting), arts supremo (honorary doctorate)
*Moray Callum, Scottish automotive designer
*Sir Colin Hampden-White, Photographer
*Jim Dobbin, English Labour MP
*Tom Harris, Scottish Labour MP
*Craig McGill, writer, media analyst and PR consultant
*Tavish Scott, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP

Honorary Graduates

*Ann Budge, Honorary Doctor of Technology
*John Calder, Honorary Doctor of Letters
*Brian Cox, Honorary Doctor of the University
*Baroness Ford of Cunninghame, Honorary Doctor of Business Administration
*Wilf Stevenson, Honorary Doctor of the Arts
*Professor Anne Glover, Honorary Doctor of Science

*Allan Shiach, Doctor of Arts

*Stuart Cosgrove, Doctor of Arts
*Tilda Swinton, Doctor of Arts

*Colin McRae MBE, Doctor of the University
*Iain Banks, Doctor of Letters

*Robert Carlyle, Doctor of Arts

*J K Rowling, Doctor of Letters


*cite web|url=|title=History of Napier University|author=Napier University|accessdate=2008-07-04

ee also

*Scottish universities
*Fresh Air (Edinburgh)
* [ Napier University Kayak Club]

External links

* [ Napier University website]

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