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          Information for Candidates
1.   The University

     Napier University is a dynamic, innovative and forward-looking institution
     dedicated to supplying educational services relevant to the needs of today‟s
     students and employers – both at home and overseas. The University is
     located in Edinburgh, Scotland‟s vibrant capital city, which is a major
     international centre for finance and the arts and the seat of the Scottish

     Our Vision:      By 2010, we will be widely regarded as the best modern
                      University in Scotland and one of the premier modern
                      universities in the UK.

     Our Purpose:     We will deliver what our customers want – in accessible,
                      flexible and creative ways – inspiring confidence in our
                      students and staff and with the employers and communities
                      we serve, both home and abroad.

     Since 1964, when it was first established as a centre of learning, Napier
     University has become one of Scotland‟s largest universities with over 14,000
     students and 1740 staff. It offers 102 undergraduate and 70 postgraduate
     programmes in arts, business, computing and information technology, health
     care, engineering and science in addition to a growing programme of
     continuing professional development programmes for working professionals.

     Napier is located in the City of Edinburgh – the UK‟s top tourist destination
     after London. We have three main campuses in Edinburgh itself, as well as
     smaller campuses within the city at Comely Bank and Canaan Lane and
     campuses at Melrose and Livingston. Further background information can be
     found in Appendix 1.

     Our Students

     Academically the University is organised in three Faculties as follows:

                   Faculty of Health, Life and Social Sciences
                   Napier University Business School
                   Faculty of Engineering, Computing & Creative Industries

     Our graduates are confident and valued by employers, for their job skills as
     well as their subject knowledge. Our student body is one of the most diverse
     and cosmopolitan in the UK, with over 30% of students coming from
     overseas. As well as encouraging international students to study in Scotland,
     Napier University has students studying on a number of Napier programmes
     in Hong Kong, China, India and Malaysia. Napier University was the first
     Scottish university to open a representative office in Beijing.

     About 30% of our students study at Napier University on a part-time basis.
     We also have a growing community of students who are in full-time
     employment and update their professional and technical skills by attending
     one or more of a wide variety of courses on offer at the University, which
     provide opportunities for continuous professional development.

     Our Staff

     Napier University employs 1,740 staff including 766 academic staff, 74
     research staff and 900 support staff. In addition to the three Faculties, a
     variety of University Services provide direct support for the academic life of
     the University in areas such as Academic Development, Lifelong Learning,
     Learning Information Services, Communication and IT Services and the
     Research Office. In addition, Registry Services and Student Services provide
     a direct and front line service to Napier University students through effective
     management of student information and providing advice and guidance to
     support the student experience.

     Napier University is committed to ensuring that all its staff have the
     opportunity for personal and professional development and this is reflected in
     our achievement of Investors in People status in January 2001 and re-
     accreditation in 2004 and 2007. All staff participate in a Review process
     every year to assess performance and highlight their development needs.
     Our Corporate Learning & Development Unit (L&D) organises a range of
     development opportunities for all staff and Educational Development Services
     (EDS) is responsible for specialist training for academic staff. EDS is also the
     driving force behind the major development of flexible learning opportunities
     including those programmes developed with our strategic Commercialisation

2.   The Role – Director of Human Resources

     The position of Director of Human Resources is a member of the Executive
     leadership team within the University and reports directly to the Vice-
     Chancellor. The Director of Human Resources has a shared responsibility for
     ensuring the successful achievement of the University‟s strategic and
     operational business plans

     General Responsibilities:

     To ensure the corporate and strategic aims and objectives of the University
     are met through:

        Contributing at the most senior level to the strategic management and
         development of the University;

        Articulating and implementing an HR strategy, process and procedures
         that anticipate and support the business goals and objectives of the
         University, and its development as an organisation (see separate
         document – HR Strategy at a glance);
   Leading and developing an HR business partnering team that provides
    proactive support to both academic and professional services teams;

   Supporting senior colleagues in determining and delivering the vision and
    strategic goals of the University;

   Chairing and participating in high-level working groups as appropriate on
    behalf of the Vice-Chancellor;

   Representing the University externally.

Responsible to the Vice-Chancellor for:

   Providing strong leadership, management and development of all Human
    Resources staff;

   Achieving the highest possible quality of delivery within available

   Identifying, leading and managing the human resource, cultural and
    organisational development implications of major change initiatives and
    enabling staff to move effectively through a period of sustained change;

   Leading and managing the operational HR function to ensure a
    professional and cost effective advisory/support service for all staff groups
    in the areas of:

       Organisational planning and development
       Management information, systems and services
       Recruitment, selection and retention
       Employee relations/conditions of service/communication
       Personal and professional development, including talent planning and
       Performance management
       Grading, remuneration and benefits
       Staff support strategies
       Promotion and progression
       Policy development

   Promoting effective links with the Finance team to integrate systems and
    work collaboratively to develop pensions policies;

   Promoting effective co-operation       and   relationships   with   faculties,
    departments and other services;

   Monitoring developments in „best practice‟ within the profession and HE
    sector ensuring that creative solutions are incorporated into HR
        Promoting the University‟s views within the HE sector via effective
         networking, both with other HE institutions and external agencies;

        Ensuring all HR related activities promote Napier as an employer of

        Supporting appropriate University Court committees as required by the
         Principal & Vice-Chancellor;

        Any other duties and responsibilities appropriate to and commensurate
         with the level of responsibility, as determined by the Vice-Chancellor.

     This post is based at the Craighouse Campus but will involve regular travel to
     other existing or planned Napier campuses in Edinburgh.

3.   Human Resources Team

     The HR team has wide-ranging responsibilities including staff and
     management development; operational HR through client partnership; HR
     administration (contracts, terms and conditions etc); payroll; occupational
     health and diversity (for staff and students). The HR team is based at the The
     Forum campus in Sighthill - with the exception of the Corporate Learning &
     Development Unit (CL&D) who are on our Craighouse campus. (see separate
     document – HR organisation chart).

     Recent developments have included the implementation of a new pay and
     grading structure following successful partnership with Napier‟s recognised
     trade unions, EIS and UNISON. A restructure of academic faculties and
     Professional Services is also close to completion. Napier University has
     recently re-secured re-accreditation in Investors in People, having previously
     achieved recognition on two occasions.

     The new Director will be expected to review, consult on and lead the
     implementation of the Napier HR strategy closely linked to the University‟s
     Strategic Plan. During 2007/08 he/she will also play a key role in concluding
     the review of the University‟s professional support services to academic areas
     and changes to the HR function. A mid-life review of the University‟s HR SAP
     database is underway and the Director of Human Resources will provide
     Executive sponsorship of this project. This is likely to lead to a further
     realignment of resources within the Department.
4.   The Candidate

     The successful candidate will have a degree and will be a full Member of the
     CIPD. He/she will be energetic and an excellent communicator, (written and
     oral), being able to discuss, persuade and explain all aspects of Human
     Resources policy to a wide variety of audiences.

     A demonstrable ability in the management of change both within the HR
     function and across an organisation is essential. Experience of working at
     board level may have been gained in either the public or the private sectors
     but a background in higher education would be advantageous.

     The successful candidate will have:

        Senior Human Resources experience gained in the private or public
         sector, within a large, matrix organisation;

        Experience of HR in a university or comparable organisation;

        The ability to think and contribute strategically in a high profile delivery
         focused organisation;

        A track record of leading change and organisational development,
         engaging line managers and staff across a large scale organisation;

        Proven ability to focus on results, develop ideas and turn plans into action
         and the delivery of solutions;

        Excellent generalist HR skills covering strategy, performance
         management, recruitment and retention, compensation and benefits and
         partnerships with trade unions;

        The ability to lead and inspire a high performing and professional HR

        A persuasive communicator, committed to developing organisational
         performance through people;

        A commitment to, and evidence of, creative diversity practice;

        An understanding and ability to work in a matrix structure;

        The ability and diplomatic skills to develop excellent relationships with
         stakeholders ranging from staff at all levels, unions, the governing body,
         funding councils and other external bodies.
5.   Terms and Conditions

     Salary:                    Salary will be competitive dependent on skills and

     Tenure of appointment: Permanent

     Relocation Assistance: Up to £8,000

     Holiday entitlement:       27 days per annum, plus 14 fixed days

     Pension:                   Eligible to participate in the Lothian Government
                                Pension Scheme (employer‟s contribution currently
                                17.5%, employee‟s contribution currently 6%)

     Notice:                    6 months on either side

6.   How to apply

     Applications in the form of a completed application form, full CV and letter of
     application explaining how the experience and skills outlined in Section 4
     above have been obtained, should be sent to Linda Ford at or by post to Linda Ford, Napier University, Craighouse
     Campus, Craighouse Road, Edinburgh, EH10 5LG.

        Closing date for applications is Monday 25 February 2008;

        Interviews will be held in Edinburgh on Thursday 13 March 2008;

        Shortlisted candidates will be expected to complete two on-line
         psychometric questionnaires (taking 40 minutes combined) before
         interview, They will also have the opportunity of an informal telephone
         discussion with the Principal about the job and the University if they so
         wish. These informal discussions will be arranged by Lorna Fraser, the
         Principal‟s Executive Business Manager – tel: 0131 455 6430.

     Further Information

     Those candidates who are invited for interview will be notified within 10 days
     of the closing date. Further information about Napier University can be found
                                                                          Appendix 1

                            NAPIER UNIVERSITY

Napier University is a leading, research-informed and teaching-led institution, with a
reputation for excellence in facilitating the transfer of technology and knowledge to
industry and commercial enterprises. 44 years after its foundation, it continues to
grow, as do the number, quality and value of the University‟s links with business. The
institution now has more than 14,000 students, 3,000 of whom are part-time, and a
turnover in excess of £81 million.

Napier is committed to building upon its success. The achievement of growth in
revenue through its business partnerships is a particular objective which is crucial to
the University‟s future development and its ambition to be one of the leading modern
universities in the UK by 2010.

Napier has a vibrant research community with areas of exceptional strength where it
has developed an international reputation, founded on a long heritage of industrially
relevant research and development. As a result of this, the University has in-house a
broad spectrum of experts in a variety of fields spanning financial and business
services, optoelectronics, advanced materials, biotech, life sciences, building, energy
management, aquaculture, microelectronics and software for media services,
amongst many others.

Experienced in the demands of industry, the Napier experts have for many years
provided a rapid response service in consultancy that consistently has met with and
gone beyond customer expectations. Napier is committed to making this panel of
experts available to support the needs of local and national industry to further
economic generation as a national priority.

Mission and Vision
Napier University intends:
  – to remain accessible to the widest body of students who can benefit from a
      higher education;
  – to develop its learners‟ skills and attributes, so that they will be able to fulfil
      their potential in the workplace and in society;
  – to position the University at the leading edge of learner-centred approaches to
      learning, teaching and assessment, and learner support;
  – to transfer knowledge applicable to key areas of the economy within Scotland
      and the wider UK;
  – to develop and sustain excellent areas of research;
  – to develop the University‟s international focus.
In this way, the University will be well-placed to become one of the leading modern
universities in the UK and will grow and develop a reputation for excellence,
creativity and innovation.

The roots of Napier University lie in the 1550s, when the mathematician and
philosopher, John Napier (inventor of logarithms and the decimal point), was born in
the medieval tower house of Merchiston Castle, now part of Merchiston Campus.
Napier Technical College was opened at Merchiston in 1964 with around 100
academic staff and 800 students, most of whom were studying on part-time City and
Guilds or National Certificate courses.

Napier offered a range of courses including coopering, cabinet making and boat
building, as well as courses in chemistry and physics, mechanical and electrical
engineering and building. The Technical College was renamed Napier College of
Science and Technology in 1966, and Napier offered its first degree course a few
years later, a BSc Science with Industrial Studies.

In 1974, Edinburgh College of Commerce, based at Sighthill, and Napier College of
Science and Technology merged to become Napier College of Commerce and
Technology, which gave Napier four faculties. By 1975, Napier was offering five
degree courses, and this number increased to 29 by 1985.

The institution was renamed Napier Polytechnic in 1986 and became the first
institution in Scotland to gain full accreditation from the Council for National
Academic Awards and to receive permission to validate and monitor its degree
courses. In the same year, the Scottish Education Department took over control of
Napier from Lothian Region and bought it the magnificent buildings of the former St
Andrews College at Craiglockhart. Notably, war poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried
Sassoon recuperated at Craiglockhart when it was a hospital for shell-shocked
officers during the First World War. The new Craiglockhart Campus was opened in
1987 by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

The institution officially became Napier University in 1992, and in 1994, Napier
acquired the buildings and grounds of the former Thomas Clouston Clinic at
Craighouse in southwest Edinburgh. A new Faculty of Health Studies was set up as
a result of the merger of Lothian College of Health Studies and the Scottish Borders
College of Nursing with Napier in 1996, adding the Canaan Lane, Comely Bank and
Melrose Place campuses to the University estate.

More recent developments include the opening of the £7 million Jack Kilby Centre in
2001, a purpose-built 500 PC computer lab with 24-hour access at Merchiston, the
appointment of Professor Joan Stringer as Principal and Vice-Chancellor (the first
female Principal to be appointed in Scotland at that time) and the opening of the new
£30 million Business School at Craiglockhart in 2004.

As part of its ongoing work to achieve its strategic goals and become widely
regarded as one of the best modern universities in the UK, Napier
has recently undergone a significant review and restructuring of academic areas.
Where previously there were four Faculties, there are now three:

   – Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries;
   – Health, Life and Social Sciences;
   – Napier University Business School.

A new matrix structure incorporates Associate Dean roles within each Faculty, which
relate to the areas of responsibility of each of the three Vice-Principals – Academic
Development, Academic Quality and Customer Service, and Research and
Knowledge Transfer. These changes will help improve and integrate cross-
disciplinary activities across the five key strategic academic areas, which are:

   –   Business;
   –   Infrastructure;
   –   Informatics;
   –   Creative Industries;
   –   Health and Environment.

Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries
Comprising the School of Computing, the School of Engineering & Built Environment
and the School of Creative Industries, this is a large and vibrant academic Faculty
offering a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including
research programmes in film, digital media, cultural studies, computer engineering,
advanced materials, sustainable energy and acoustics. It is home to a number of
centres of excellence including the Centre for Timber Engineering, the Transport
Research Institute and the International Teledemocracy Centre. Screen Academy
Scotland is also based within the Faculty.

Health, Life and Social Sciences
Consisting of the School of Life Sciences, the School of Health & Social Sciences
and the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Care, this Faculty is one of the largest
providers of nursing and midwifery professionals in Scotland, and is also a major
contributor to healthcare education in general. It offers an exciting range of
undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses in nursing, life sciences, sport and
exercise science, and the only veterinary nursing degree in Scotland. Research
focuses on public health, mental health and nursing care of enduring conditions such
as cancer and diabetes. There are major research activities in nanotechnology,
biotechnology, sport and exercise science and environmental biology. Sociological
and psychological research focuses on projects in childhood, nationalism, migration
and transport. The Faculty also incorporates the Centre for Integrated Healthcare
Research, a major collaboration between Napier, Edinburgh University, Queen
Margaret University, the NHS and the Centre for Health and the Environment.

Napier University Business School
Comprising the School of Accounting, Economics & Statistics, the School of
Management & Law and the School of Marketing, Tourism & Languages, the
Business School offers a range of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level
in business and management, law, economics, accounting and finance, marketing,
tourism, hospitality and event management and languages. It is one of the largest
business schools in Scotland and has links with business and industry both at home
and overseas. Research in this School focuses on human resource management,
festival management and employment. The School has a strong international
presence and has operated successful offshore courses with leading universities in
Hong Kong for a number of years. It is also home to a number of centres of
excellence including the Centre for Business Languages, the Centre for
Entrepreneurship, the Centre for Mathematics and Statistics and the Centre for
Festival and Events Management.

Governance and Management
The University is governed by the University Court. The Court is responsible for
determining the overall strategic direction of the institution. It establishes the
budgetary framework, appoints the head of the institution and exercises general
oversight over the institution‟s performance and development. The Principal and
Vice-Chancellor is responsible for the executive management of the institution and
its day-to-day direction.

She is the Chief Executive of the institution and is also designated as the Accounting
Officer by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC). The Principal and Vice-Chancellor
leads the development and implementation of the Academic Strategy of the
University and as such convenes the Academic Board and the Principal‟s Executive
Group amongst other bodies. She also leads the University Development Campaign
and acts as the chief representative of the University externally.

The University Secretary and Registrar has a key role to play in the operation and
conduct of the Court, and in ensuring that appropriate procedures are followed.

Research and Enterprise
Napier University is highly regarded as a leader in the relevance, quality and value of
its research and knowledge transfer to industry and society. It is widely recognised
for the excellence and relevance of its best research and has an excellent record of
migrating research into marketable technologies. It ensures that its centres of
excellence are relevant to Scotland‟s, and the UK‟s, economic and social priorities,
and makes a significant and recognised contribution at a national and international
level. Against this background, Napier University is committed to the following

   – maintaining international recognition in areas of research strength;
   – producing graduates informed by state-of-the-art Research and Knowledge
   – nurturing high quality near-market research;
   – playing a leading role in UK knowledge transfer.
Research and Consultancy
Napier has over 40 research teams operating across the University with a reputation
for working closely with industry and business, such as the Transport Research
Institute (TRi) and the International Teledemocracy Centre.

Commercially, Napier has developed a number of successful spin-out companies
attracting substantial funding. These include Cardiodigital, Micro Emissive Displays,
Surfactant Solutions and Freelight Systems. Napier is also Scotland‟s leading
University in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (formerly the Teaching Companies
Scheme), helping companies to access knowledge and skills from Higher Education

Research and Knowledge Transfer Centres
Research and Knowledge Transfer (R&KT) activities at Napier are conducted
through specialist Centres, which are managed through Faculty R&KT
Colleges. Fundamental to the smooth operation of the R&KT function are the
Research Office and Knowledge Transfer and Commercialisation teams, who
provide wide-ranging expert support for all of the University‟s R&KT activity. The
Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries has several distinct
research centres which each contain a variety of themes and sub-groups:

   –  Building Performance Centre (BPC);
   –  Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries (CCCI);
   –  Centre for Informatics Research (CIR);
   –  Centre for Infrastructure Research (CISR);
   –  Centre for Timber Engineering (CTE);
   –  International Teledemocracy Centre (ITC);
   –  Transport Research Institute (TRi);
   –  Scottish Energy Centre (SEC);
   –  Scottish Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and
The Faculty of Health, Life and Social Sciences conducts all of its research under the
Applied Research Centre for Health, Environment and Society (ARCHES).Within this
Centre there are seven important research groups:

   –   Applied Psychology Research Group;
   –   Biomedicine and Sports Science;
   –   Centre for Integrated Healthcare Research;
   –   Clinical Nursing and Midwifery;
   –   Communities in Society;
   –   Environmental Biology;
   –   Microbiology and Biotechnology.

Research in the Napier University Business School has an applied focus which is of
both national and international relevance. All areas of the Business School are
engaged in research activity, which is grouped under six research clusters:

   – Accounting and Finance – including the EU-China Development and
     Research Centre;
   – Business and Management Learning Pedagogy;
   – Centre for Law;
   – Consumer Research – including the Centre for Festival and Events
   – Employment Research Institute (ERI) – including the Centre for
   – Leadership and Management Practice – including the Edinburgh Human
       Resource Academy (EHRA).
Knowledge Transfer
Napier University has a strong track record of successful enterprise engagements,
where academic expertise, knowledge and University facilities have been made
available to business with significant bottom line benefit. Napier University is an
innovative and entrepreneurial centre of knowledge and technology transfer and via
the Knowledge Transfer and Commercialisation Unit it strives to help businesses
succeed by ensuring direct access to its wealth of academic expertise. Examples of
the types of support that the University can provide include:

   – consultancy services;
   – market research;
   – identification and protection of intellectual property;
   – commercial research;
   – identification of public sector funding initiatives to underwrite costs of
     engaging with Napier (e.g. SCORE, SMART);
   – workforce training;
   – knowledge transfer partnerships.

A recent development has been the establishment of the 2KT Project, a collaborative
venture with Queen Margaret University funded by the Scottish Executive, the ERDF
and SEE&L which provides an “outward looking” business development team,
deployed in support of the academic community targeted on achieving increased
volume and value of engagement with the external community.

Napier is recognised across all business sectors in Scotland and the rest of the UK
as an institution with academics who are experienced in operating effectively and
productively with business partners, wholly cognisant of the demands of operating in
the corporate world. Flexibility in provision is a key component of its delivery
strategy, and ensures that the University can respond to, and advance, the ever
changing needs of business in a timely and succinct manner.

Teaching and Learning
Napier aims to gain a reputation as a provider of high quality teaching and learning.
Students can choose from a portfolio of over 200 undergraduate and postgraduate
programmes. Courses are relevant and accessible to meet individual aspirations and
can be studied in a number of flexible ways – full-time, part-time, distance learning
and via the Internet. The University is committed to providing lifelong learning
opportunities through its Summer School, short courses and personal interest

The 2006 Quality Assurance Agency review reported a positive student experience
at module and programme level supported by enthusiastic and motivated staff. All
students have the opportunity to gain credit from work-based learning or placements,
as well as volunteering and work in the community. These are through accredited
modules based on the completion of agreed learning outcomes.

Student Experience and IT Infrastructure
Napier is fully committed to the quality of experience for its students. The University
aims to achieve recognition for leading-edge learnercentred approaches to learning,
teaching and assessment and learner support. It is developing excellence in e-
pedagogy and transforming its approaches across the board. Each student has
access to an individual web-based portal, customised to their needs in support of
their learning.

At the heart of the portal sits a Virtual Learning Environment (WebCT Vista) through
which students are able to study flexibly in their own time and access a range of
learning materials and resources, 24 hours a day, both on, and off, campus. The
University operates best practice approaches to pedagogy (face-to-face and online
as appropriate) in order to differentiate themselves from the broader market. These
direct and guide students through their learning, maximise the use of digital tools to
address the challenges inherent in mass Higher Education by making learning
available to students at all times, whilst allowing a flexibility that can more readily
address the needs of students and employers.

Access and Inclusivity
Napier has long been a leader in improving access to Higher Education, particularly
through its collaborative agreements with Further Education colleges and relevant
local schools, and attaches considerable importance to encouraging students from
disadvantaged backgrounds that have the potential to benefit from Higher Education.

The University can demonstrate its ongoing commitment to the Widening
Participation agenda with plans for significant growth in part-time and flexible
provision. This will respond to the increasing demand from students wishing to
combine study with work or other responsibilities, and emphasises the importance of
a flexible approach that increases access to Higher Education, for example, through
the aforementioned use of technology to make programmes accessible through a
variety of media. The University has made active steps to ensure strategies are put
in place to monitor the recruitment of disadvantaged individuals.

A particular feature of the University is the number of students who enter through
articulation routes planned with regional Further Education colleges. Some 25% of
all articulation students in Scotland come to Napier where they represent about 20%
of the undergraduate body. Napier has a long track record of success in making its
awards relevant to its students‟ future employment and it holds the enviable position
of the best university in Scotland for graduate employability, with 84% of graduates
in full-time employment upon graduation, one of the highest rates in the UK. The
focus on business education University-wide and the further development of the
Employment Research Institute is integral to the importance that Napier attaches to
producing confident graduates, thereby enhancing their employability.
Napier has continued to increase its numbers of international students studying full-
time at Edinburgh, and the University has exceeded its target for full-time taught
postgraduate international students. With approximately 1,000 overseas students on
the Edinburgh campuses, the University is increasing numbers at a rate which would
indicate that it will be able to achieve its long-term goal of 1,500 on-campus students
by 2010. Currently, almost 30% of the University‟s students are from the EU or
further afield.

In addition to the recruitment of students there has been a strong focus on continuing
research and cultural links, with staff from many different schools working on a large
number of projects throughout the world. Napier University was the first University in
Scotland to establish an International College. Centrally located at Craiglockhart
Campus and with a presence at Merchiston, the International College provides a
single point of international contact for all students and staff. It incorporates
international development, recruitment and pastoral activities and combines these
with a centralised support service for the design, administration and delivery of all
overseas programmes.

Napier University is situated throughout the heart of the historic City of Edinburgh,
spread across several diverse and significant sites, some of which have been, at
various times, churches, hospitals, private estates and castles. The current sites are:

   –   Craiglockhart;
   –   Merchiston;
   –   Craighouse;
   –   Canaan Lane;
   –   Comely Bank;
   –   Marchmont Campus;
   –   Morningside Campus;
   –   Sighthill Campus.

There are also currently smaller campuses outside the City in Livingston and
Melrose. In 2006, the University Court approved plans for significant developments
to be made to the University estate. One of the cornerstones of this strategy is to
improve the parity of student experience at Napier and one of the ways that the
University intends to do this is by providing a consistent high standard of learning
and teaching environments to each of the three Faculties. This will ultimately result
in one campus per Faculty, with state-of-the-art facilities and purpose-built

The successful redevelopment of Craiglockhart Campus – home to the Business
School – was the first stage in Napier‟s ambitious estates plan. Craiglockhart has
recently reopened after extensive refurbishment resulting in a stunning building and
state-of-the-art facilities. This includes two large lecture theatres, a cyber café,
language labs and computing facilities.

Sighthill and Merchiston campuses are at the heart of the next steps for
development. Sighthill campus will be given a massive regeneration boost and
create a new £55 million campus, with proposed plans for a £5 million community
sports facility. The new campus at Sighthill will be home to the Faculty of Health, Life
and Social Sciences. It will bring nursing, life sciences, social sciences and sports
and exercise disciplines together on one campus, strengthening cross-discipline
collaboration, and opening new areas of study.

The new, sustainable campus at Sighthill will blend visionary learning spaces with
state-of-the-art technology, placing the needs of students at the heart of its design.
Only the central spine of the current building at Sighthill will be retained, with new
buildings around it to create a larger, 22,000 square metre campus. Demolition is
expected to begin in Spring 2008, with the new campus scheduled to open in
Summer 2010.

The new campus will create a knowledge hub in the South West of Edinburgh which
will open up exciting opportunities for creating new research priorities and
partnerships and help Napier to develop its agenda to meet the local and national
needs of Scotland. The University will build on its relationship with Stevenson
College – with whom it currently shares some facilities at Sighthill – and is
cooperating with NHS Lothian and NHS Education for Scotland on the provision of
clinical training facilities, as well as working with the City of Edinburgh Council on
maximising the opportunities that the regeneration of the area will bring.

Merchiston Campus, which will house the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and
Creative Industries, will undergo an £8.5 million refurbishment from 2009, which will
include a social learning space incorporating a library and the creation of a new
learning resource centre, while the exterior of the building will be modernised.
It is anticipated that the extensive estates development at the University will facilitate
future academic development, improve communication and efficiency and create
sustainable campuses that are welcoming and inspiring to staff, students and
visitors, and that service the needs of the local community. This purpose-built
accommodation will help Napier to achieve its long-term objective to become one of
the best modern universities in the UK.

Total income for 2006/07 was £81 million, with an exceptional surplus of over £8.1
million. This includes £2.9 million relating to adjustments in connection with the
Pension Reserves and Provisions. The operating surplus excluding these
adjustments was £5.2 million, which demonstrates the University‟s continuing
commitment to ensuring the financial sustainability of its activities. Total income has
increased by £4.0 million or 5.2%, whilst total operating expenditure has decreased
by £1.4 million, or 1.9%. Other operating expenditure decreased by £3.5 million.
The audited statutory accounts of Napier University for the year ended 31st July
2006 can be viewed in full at:

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