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Overview of Edinburgh Napier University

Edinburgh Napier University is an Edinburgh, Scotland, government college. Napier Technical College, the university’s predecessor, was founded in 1964 by the Scottish mathematician and philosopher John Napier, who took his name from the 16th century.

Lord Douglas-Hamilton inaugurated the Technical College as a University in 1992, becoming Napier University. The University was renamed Edinburgh Napier University in 2009. They have three Edinburgh campuses offering advanced learning, teaching and research facilities. Edinburgh Napier is a great place to live, work and study, based in an iconic, prosperous city and a stunning, forward-thinking country.

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Edinburgh Napier is based around 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 in Howden. Other notable buildings of Edinburgh, including the former parish church at Morningside, have been incorporated. Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and is a World Heritage Site. Some people consider it to be one of the greenest and most architecturally beautiful cities in Europe. Since the 18th century, its beauty and reputation for science have earned it the nickname ‘ Athens of the North. ‘

Alumni
  • Alex Salmond – Former First Minister of Scotland
  • Rory Douglas-Speed – Actor
  • Catriona Shearer – Scottish journalist, broadcaster, producer and presenter
Fun Facts
  • Edinburgh Castle is constructed on an extinguished volcano.
  • The Royal Mile is a mile and 107 yards long. Edinburgh was the first town in the planet to have its own fire service.
  • J.K. Rowling wrote some of Harry Potter at the Edinburgh Café (The Elephant) and took inspiration from the landscape for his characters and locations.