To be honest, I loved every minute of my time at Edinburgh Napier University. I couldn't have asked for a better student experience in my four years I spent at University. The University however is spread out over four campuses throughout Edinburgh with one taking about 40 minutes on a bus. The University offers an extensive range of books from all three of its main libraries located at Merchiston, Sighthill and Craiglockhart. Especially the Sighthill library which is spread out over 5 floors. The Jack Kilby Computer Centre in the Merchiston Campus has over 1000 computers for use 24 hours a day 7 days a week, making this a useful place for working in both groups and on individual work. The campuses of the university have great accessibility with over three buses running to each of the campuses, apart from Craighouse which has now been sold. The University offers a friendly atmosphere, the students and the professor's alike offer a great, friendly, lively and exciting place to study, the city of course also makes Edinburgh Napier University a great place to study and to live as a student. If you work hard and put effort into your work then you will succeed at Napier. The sports union has one of the most extensive teams in Scotland, playing over fifteen sports against other universities. Team Napier offers hoodies, tracksuits, polo tops so you can feel involved in the whole university experience. Since the introduction of the latest president, the university has increased in both popularity and worth. The new president has made it his aim to make Napier University fulfilling, hardworking and fun all at the same time. The University have since rented out the function suite at a bar in the City Centre as their student union offering various games for the students to play such as beat the president and deal or no deal, where the student can win £250. Brilliant. I think that Napier is becoming even more desirable as a student due to the hard work that the current president is putting into his job. The canteen facilities at Napier still leave a little to be desired as they are only open till about 3pm, and when the computer centre is open 24hrs, you can get hungry, and not being allowed to eat in there has caused me problems on many occasions. Toilet facilities are great at the university as there is a toilet on every floor of the tower blocks. I only graduated in June and can safely say this is a brilliant university. If you put enough into it and work hard. It is great for student experience and I would not choose another place to study if I could have my time again. Choose Napier for friendliness, cleanliness and a great environment. The university is only set to get better due to the ideas the current president is putting forward. Napier can certainly only get bigger and better. Hopefully one day it will compete with the reviews of Edinburgh University. Also at Napier you are all as one, team napier, you will never feel part of a bigger or better student body in any university, togetherness is key at Napier and once you go there you will realise this. Honestly the best experiences of my life so far have been had at Edinburgh Napier.
If you have your sights set on furthering your artistic abilities then, certainly, Napier is probably not the University for you.
Don't get me wrong, Napier is the most friendly University I have ever been to (and I've been to a few) and a pleasant atmosphere is important when you are a young student looking to get settled in. Whether you are an artist or a scientist you will benefit from the non-cliquey nature of Napier students.
The title of this opinion is 'Common Sense Approach' and that is for a reason. Napier, the person, was a mathematician and Napier was once a technical college. It should not take much to work out that Napier's strength lies in mathematics and in science.
Let us consider the two Edinburgh Universities. Yes, two universities as I can honestly rule out considering Heriot-Watt as a valid Edinburgh uni as it is so blo*dy far away! Edinburgh has an established reputation, it is something of an 'old boy' reputation but that might not be a bad thing, I suppose. Edinburgh will teach you a scope of interesting subjects. Napier will teach you those subjects that will get you a job.
Napier will get you a job. At this very minute I am writing this opinion from my Napier work-placement (shssh, don't tell the boss). So, when I leave Napier I will hopefully have both a degree and a year of applicable work on my CV.
Oh yes... Napier does have administration problems. I doubt there is any University out there that does not suffer from administration nightmares. I would have to write "Tries Hard" on Napier's Report Card in the section reserved for admin features... and lets be clear what "Tries Hard" on a report card means.
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This review isn't really about the academical/course side of Napier, more about the surroundings for people considering uni there.
Hmm Napier University.... Well.... A lot of people say bad things about Napier University... They have low entrance levels and a high drop out rate.... I personally dropped out of Napier University but I feel that this was due to the marvelous city I was in. I think Napier University is only good to them among us with very high self control... I personally couldn't resist the temptation of going out 7 nights a week!
University Facilities are very good, Napier has a large library on its main campus (Merchiston) and smaller libraries on its smaller campuses (Craighouse, Craiglockhart, Cannan Lane and a few others). Napier also has a massive 24 hour free to access computer suite! (Well worth a 5am drunken visit now and again!!) So I can't fault the Uni's facilities! (I'm not going to lie, I didn't attend class enough to comment on University staffing sorry)
University accomodation at Napier is excellent at Napier, I mean OK it is a little bit shoddy, but it is the best place to make new friends, and the accomodation is all placed in excellent, city centre locations (I personally lived in Riego Street and I had an amazing year there). Unlike other Universities, Napier doens;t have halls, it has 4/5 bedroom student flats (Oh OK, glorified halls). They are a bit pricy but well worth it in my eyes. Also, all of the Uni flats are near bus routes to every Uni campus, so no need for horribly early mornings.
Finally, my topic of choice, Edinburgh student night life! I cant fault it! There is a different student club night on every night of the week, with great priced drink promotions and great student games! I believe there is a night club there that every person would adore! I certainly loved a few (Lava and Ignite, Stereo and Subway Westend to name a few)
On the other hand, Napiers poor reputation is because it has some degrees not quite as good as some more well known Universities (eg. Edinburgh, although this offers more of a traditional degree), but I believe it is a good Uni in general.
My opinion of Napier? Go there if you want some fun, a fair bit of banter, and a degree (if you have more control than me)
I didn't study at Napier University. I just happened to be doing a course taught by Napier University staff, living in a Napier University flat and occasionally drank at a Napier University bar. There's a world of difference and the following should explain it. Napier University is a collection of half-a-dozen or so campuses spread over the south-west quarter of Edinburgh. Formerly a technical college, it became a uni in 1992 - its technical routes are shown with most of the courses still being highly vocational. I studied MA Periodical Journalism at Craighouse campus, so can only speak with real authority about that campus and that course, but have seen enough of the rest to gain a general impression. With lots of separate campuses a long way from each other, there's no central 'hub' to the university. This means that the place hasn't got something which my previous uni, Lancaster had in spades - soul. I've always been slightly suspicious about multi-campus universities and I'm afraid my experience here proved my initial doubts. The campuses (or should that be campii?) don't feel connected in an meaningful way apart from having the 'Napier University' sign bunged in front of it. The lack of a big central Student Union bar only compounds things - the bar was a meeting point and the centre of social life in my college at Lancaster. With the Union bar at Merchiston - which could hold 100 if everyone breathed in - it isn't there. I guess it's because it's facing too much competition from the town and it's a young university still, but these excuses don't really hold up under close analysis. The room I was staying in was decent enough, but since I was postgrad and so was paying heavily for the privilege, this was only to be expected. The fact that the flats and the campus you're studying at can be so far apart (10 min walk + 30 min bus ride) only heightened my sense
of separation from the university. That said, the city of Edinburgh is absolutely fantastic - you can drink in a different pub every night of the year; there's six cinema multiplexes on your doorstep and any number of interesting shops to nosey about in (the slightly weird local ones in the South Bridge - South Clerk Street area are my pick of the best). As the for the administration in Napier, my experience of it left much to be desired. The housing office would alternately demand rent when I'd already paid it or completely forget about it, with me being the one chasing them up about how much was due. The only good point about my experience at Napier was the course itself. The Journalism section of the School of Communication Arts has excellent teachers who have experienced the sharp end of a hack's life. Mark Meredith, who you'll inevitably run into if you're studying a Journalism course, is one of the best there who always pushes his students hard - preparing you for the tough old world of journalism well. But there isn't a problem with the academic/ practical balance - you feel they've pulled off a difficult trick with style. The only minor quibble I'd have with the postgrad course is that it's tilted too much towards newspaper hacks - although all the modules were well done, for a journalist who is aiming towards magazines, I felt some material wasn't strictly relevant to me. Studying at Napier University is a distinctly lukewarm experience. You get the feeling that if things went a certain way and the resources were properly used, Napier could be seriously going places. But at the moment, there are *far* better places you could go for an all-round experience. Come back in 10 years and maybe, just maybe...
Girlfriend in a coma, I know I know - it's serious Girlfriend in a coma, I know I know - it's really serious there were times when I could have 'murdered' her (but, you know, I would hate anything to happen to her) NO, I DON'T WANT TO SEE HER Do you really think she'll pull through? Do you really think she'll pull through? Girlfriend in a coma, I know I know - it's serious there were times when I could have 'strangled' her (but, you know, I would hate anything to happen to her) WOULD YOU PLEASE LET ME SEE HER Do you really think she'll pull through? Do you really think she'll pull through? Let me whisper my last goodbyes I know - IT'S SERIOUS
I have been here for over a year and have a few complaints. There are far too few computers at each campus. Napier is spread throughout Edinburgh on five different campuses. I go to Craighouse where I find it impossible to find free computers during the day. The views from that campus are amazing though. I don't think the Unions are adequate either. Our campus has one little bar. They are trying to build more modern facilities yet last year they had to get rid of courses and staff because fo poor funding. I find it very hard to be impressed by Napier and wont miss it when I leave