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Your Guide to Edinburgh Napier
International Welcome Day
Sunday 4 September 2011
11am – 3pm
Craiglockhart Campus

Come along to our Welcome event! Enjoy the festival
atmosphere as you are introduced to Edinburgh Napier
University and find out about all the fun and support
we offer to new students. Includes stalls, workshops,
music and much more.

To find out more go to: www.napier.ac.uk/welcome
Greetings from Edinburgh                          1
Before you arrive                                 1
Your new home                                     3
SENIC                                             3
Visa and immigration advice                       4
Advice and assistance on UK immigration           13
Travelling to Edinburgh                           17
Exploring the UK                                  23
Our accommodation                                 25
Route Planner                                     26
Looking for accommodation                         29
Student finance                                   33
When you arrive                                   43
Matriculation                                     43
Freshers’ Week and Napier Students’ Association   45
Studying at Edinburgh Napier                      47
Online resources                                  49
Computing Resources                               55
Our Libraries                                     55
Study support                                     57
Studying in the UK for the first time?            58
Study Skills                                      59
Student Mentoring                                 61
Confident Futures                                 63
Personal support                                  65
Campuses                                          69
Living in Edinburgh                               71
	   •	Student	Employment	                         71
	   •	Insurance	                                  73
	   •	Registering	with	a	Doctor	                  73
	   •	Staying	in	contact	                         74
Contacts and further information                  77
Greetings from Edinburgh!
Congratulations on your offer to come          Welcome & induction
and study with us at Edinburgh Napier
University in Scotland’s beautiful and         Edinburgh Napier University is a lively,
historic capital city.                         welcoming and modern university that
                                               prides itself on putting your needs at
We are delighted that you have chosen          the heart of everything it does.
to pursue your studies with us and we
want to make your time here as happy           We know that for all our students,
and rewarding as possible.                     choosing to study at university is a big
                                               decision but for our international
This guide will help you to understand         students it’s an even bigger step.
what you need to do before you arrive          You’re choosing to move to a new
and what to expect during your first           country, live in a new city and study in
few weeks. It also contains useful             a different language so it’s inevitable
information on a whole range of                that you will have some questions.
services on offer from the University,         The following information will, we
designed to help you find your way             hope, answer many of the questions
and settle in to student life.                 you might want to ask as you make
                                               the transition to Edinburgh Napier.
We hope you are looking forward to
studying with us; we’re certainly
looking forward to welcoming you
to Edinburgh Napier University.

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Your New Home
If you are new to Edinburgh, you’re       If you’d like to find out more
in for a treat! Scotland’s inspiring      before you arrive, check out:
capital is an exciting place to live
and study. With streets steeped in        www.list.co.uk
history and a thriving cultural scene     www.timeout.com/edinburgh
(including the world’s largest arts       www.theoracle.co.uk
festival), Edinburgh offers something     www.edinburgh.org
for everyone. Clean, compact and          www.edinburghguide.com
safe, Edinburgh tops the list of          www.scotland.org
European cities where people would        www.edinburghinspiringcapital.com
most like to live. It has a diverse,
multicultural population and its four     Students at Edinburgh Napier
universities (and around 100,000          International Club (SENIC)
students) make Edinburgh a                SENIC offers you the chance to enjoy
respected place of learning and           social events and tours during your
one of the most student-friendly          time at Edinburgh Napier University.
cities in the UK.                         You’ll have the chance to explore
                                          parts of Scotland on guided tours and
Stay for the summer and experience        enjoy some of the beautiful scenery
the largest arts festival in the world    and sights, as well as learning some
as Edinburgh becomes home to              of the history and culture of Scotland.
thousands of tourists, performers         SENIC is for ALL Edinburgh Napier
and the internationally renowned          University students on campus.
International Arts festival and Fringe.
Your new home has something for           You will be able to join the
everyone and is small enough that         club during your first week at
you can see the sights, shop till you     Edinburgh Napier University, or
drop and experience the nightlife all     by simply coming to Admissions
without catching a bus. You’ll soon       & International Support at
see it for yourself; don’t forget to      Merchiston Campus. Becoming
bring your camera!                        a SENIC club member costs £2
                                          for the year and entitles you to
                                          discount rates on all trips.

                                          Our trips are extremely popular
                                          and you can choose from trips to
                                          the Highlands, Loch Lomond,
                                          Stirling, St Andrews and more.

Visa and immigration advice
Preparing to study in another country    Bulgarian and Romanian students
is an exciting prospect but if you are   If you are a Bulgarian or Romanian
a non-EU international student, there    citizen we strongly recommend that
are a number of processes you must       you apply to the Home Office after
go through. One of the first things to   you arrive in the UK for a student
do is ensure that you have a valid       registration certificate using form
passport with the correct Entry          BR1. The certificate confirms your
Clearance (commonly known as a           right to live in the UK as a student
visa) allowing you to travel to the      and work here on a part-time basis
UK to study.                             whilst you are studying. Please note
                                         that you cannot start part-time work
Passport                                 without a certificate.
Please ensure that you have a valid
passport – if you need to get a new      Non-EU international students
one or if your current passport needs    Non-EU international students must
to be renewed, do this as soon as        apply under Tier 4 of the new Points
possible as the process can take         Based System as set out by the UK
several months.                          Border Agency (UKBA). If you have
                                         any other status, please contact
In some countries passports are          Admissions & International Support.
gradually being renewed/updated so
that they meet new international         What is Tier 4?
standards. The new passports will be     Tier 4 is the points based immigration
machine readable and contain             route for non-EEA students, which
encoded biometric information.           was introduced at the end of March
                                         2009. All students applying to
European Students                        come to the UK will be subject to
European Economic Area (EEA)             Tier 4 conditions.
citizens (all EU countries, plus
Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and       The requirements for Tier 4 are
Switzerland) have the right to free      still subject to change at short
movement and residence in the UK.        notice. You must read the latest
                                         UKBA Tier 4 guidance before
EEA students do not require a visa;      making an application under Tier 4:
however, you will need to show your      www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/
passport	or	ID	card	in	order	to	gain	    studyingintheuk/adult-students/
entry to the UK.                         can-you-apply/

Points required for entry clearance/    Personal funds can be
visa renewal under Tier 4               demonstrated through:
In order to apply for a Tier 4 visa       I
                                        •		nstant	access	bank	statements	in	
you must have a total of 40 points.       your name (including your name
                                          as a joint account holder);
You should obtain your 40 points          A
                                        •		 	letter	confirming	a	loan	in	
by providing with your application:       your name; and
•		 	CAS	(Confirmation	of	Acceptance	     O
                                        •		 fficial	financial	or	
  of Studies) number issued by            government sponsorship.
  Edinburgh Napier University
  = 30 points; and                      All applicants must sign a declaration
•		 vidence	of	appropriate	             stating that the funds they present in
  maintenance = 10 points.              order to meet the maintenance
                                        requirement, are genuinely available
You then need to show that you have     for use in coming to the UK to study.
enough money to pay for your course
fees and for your living expenses       Please note that you cannot use
when you apply for a Tier 4 visa. The   shares, bonds, pension funds or
amount you need to show depends         savings accounts as proof of
on your circumstances.                  personal funds.

Students coming to Edinburgh Napier     Overseas funds must be converted
University require £600 per month       in to pounds sterling (GBP) using
(£5,400 for nine months) plus £400      the online exchange rate calculator:
per month per dependant (£3,600         www.xe.com
for nine months) up to a maximum of
nine months and evidence that you       Bank statements from parents
have sufficient funds to pay the        can be used, but please see Tier 4
remainder of your course fees.          guidance for specific criteria for
                                        the use of parental bank statements:
These funds must have been              www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/
available in your bank account for      studyingintheuk/adult-students/
the full 28 days prior to your          can-you-apply/
application and should not have
dropped below the required level        Please note that as your sponsor the
during those 28 days.                   University takes responsibility for
                                        you coming to the UK to study. The
You should be aware of these            University is not a financial sponsor.
requirements and ensure that
your funds are sufficient at the
time of application.

What is a CAS?                            What information will be
A CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance         in my CAS statement?
of Studies) is a unique identification    Your CAS statement will contain
number issued to the university           the following:
by UKBA’s electronic sponsor              •	Your	14	digit	CAS	number	
management system. This number              E
                                          •		 dinburgh	Napier	University	
confirms that UKBA has given the            Sponsor Licence number
University permission to ‘sponsor’          Y
                                          •		 our	name,	date	of	birth	and	
your Tier 4 application. If you apply       passport number
for your Tier 4 visa using an             •	Your	course	title	
Edinburgh Napier University CAS,          •	Your	course	start	and	end	dates	
your Tier 4 visa will only be valid for   •	Details	of	your	tuition	fees	due	
study at Edinburgh Napier University.       D
                                          •		 etails	of	any	fees	paid	
                                            to the University
How and when will                           D
                                          •		 etails	of	any	known	financial	
I receive my CAS?                           sponsorship of your studies (eg fees
                                            paid by your home institution etc)
Postgraduate and                            T
                                          •		 he	criteria	we	have	used	to	assess	
Undergraduate students                      your eligibility for your course. You
After you receive your unconditional        MUST include appropriate
offer and pay your £3,000 pre-              documentation with your Tier 4
payment, Edinburgh Napier                   application, plus any translations
University Admissions team                  as appropriate.
will send you a CAS statement.
Your CAS statement will be emailed        When should I apply for
to	you	in	a	PDF	document.	                my Tier 4 visa?
                                          You can begin your Tier 4 application
Non-EU exchange and                       using your CAS no more than three
Study Abroad students                     months before the start date of your
Your CAS will be emailed to you           course. Please ensure you begin the
in	a	PDF	document	along	with	             process as soon as you can within the
your unconditional offer.                 three month timescale to ensure that
                                          you have your visa in time to travel to
Please check the details in this
                                          the UK for the start of your course.
document carefully and advise the
Admissions team at Edinburgh Napier       How do I apply for my
University immediately if any of the      Tier 4 general visa?
details are incorrect. It is vital that   Go to the UK Visas website
your personal details, such as date       www.ukvisas.gov.uk for information
of birth and passport number              on the application process for your
are correct.                              country. Follow the guidance given
                                          at the start of this section.
What should I do when                        Please ensure you register for your
I have my Tier 4 visa?                       course (known as matriculation)
                                             during the required period. If you
Your visa will be issued for study at        do not, you will be reported to
Edinburgh Napier University only.            the UK Border Agency as a
If you change your mind about                ‘no-show’, under the new reporting
studying at Edinburgh Napier                 regulations. This will result in
University after your visa is issued,        your visa being cancelled.
you will need to request that your
visa is cancelled and you will need          Are you already in the UK?
to re-apply for your Tier 4 visa using       If you are already in the UK with Entry
a new CAS from a different                   Clearance/Leave to Remain/Visa as a
Tier 4 institution.                          student, you will need to extend this
                                             to continue your studies. If you are
It is a criminal offence to register at      already in the UK under any other
an institution if your visa has been         type of immigration category, you
issued for study elsewhere.                  may have to return home to apply for
Make sure you arrive in the UK in            fresh Entry Clearance overseas –
plenty of time for the start of your         please contact Admissions &
course, but do not attempt to travel         International Support for advice.
to the UK before your visa is valid.
Avoid travelling to the UK via the           Please be aware that as a condition
Republic of Ireland, as there is no          of your Tier 4 visa, the University will
immigration control between the two          be monitoring your attendance and it
countries and your visa will not be          will then be reported to the UK
activated on arrival in the UK.              Border Agency.

Length of your Student Visa
According to the published immigration guidelines, student visas should
be issued as follows:

    Course lasting:                                    Visa issued for:
    12 months or longer                                Length of course plus four months
    Six months or more (but less than 12 months)       Length of course plus two months
    Pre-sessional course of less than six months       Length of course plus one month
    Non pre-sessional course of less than six months   Length of course plus seven days

If your visa is not issued in accordance     correct the error. You can speak to
with these guidelines you have the           Admissions & International Support
right to ask the British Embassy/High        for advice after you arrive:
Commission which issued the visa to          www.napier.ac.uk/international

From July 2011, you will not be
able to bring family to the UK
with you unless:
•		 	 ou	are	taking	a	course,	which	
    is 12 months long or more;
•		 	 ou	are	a	postgraduate	
    student or a government-
    sponsored student.

This should not apply to you if
you are already in the UK with
family and need to make an
immigration application to
extend your stay in the UK.

The process of applying together is      Application form
straightforward but things are more      All applications must be made on the
complex if your family apply after you   correct form issued by the Home
have been issued with your Student       Office. Applications which are not
Visa. The application fee for Student    made on the correct form are not
Dependent	Visas	is	£255	(paid	in	        valid and will be returned to you.
local currency). Your family has to      Forms can be obtained from:
follow the instructions given on the     •	Admissions	&	International	Support,	
UK Visas website for the ‘Students’        Merchiston Campus;
category and they need to apply for        t
                                         •		 he	Home	Office	website:	
visas using VAF3. Your family will be      www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk; or
granted visas for the same length of       b
                                         •		 y	telephoning	the	Home	Office
time as you are. For further guidance,     Application Forms Unit on
please see: www.ukcisa.org.uk              0870 241 0645

Extending your stay in the UK            Application fee
The endorsement in your passport         The Home Office charges a fee to
will show how long you can stay in       process your application. Applications
the country. You are normally given      made in person to the Public Enquiry
permission to remain as a student for    Office in Liverpool or Croydon are
the whole length of your course or       usually processed the same day while
for at least 12 months (unless you       postal applications can take weeks
are on a short course lasting less       to process. The current application
than six months).                        fees are:
                                         •		 ostal	leave	to	remain	applications	
If you need to stay longer than the        will cost £386 plus £193 for each
period endorsed in your passport,          dependant applied for at the
please apply to the Home Office in         same time.
the UK at least six weeks (preferably      I
                                         •		n	person	applications	will	cost	
earlier than this) before your             £702 plus £351 for each dependant
permission to stay expires.                applied for at the same time.

If you apply after your permission to
stay has expired and the Home Office
refuses your application, you cannot
appeal against this decision and you
must leave the UK immediately.

Making an application                            S
                                               •		 end	the	form	and	originals	of	
To extend your stay (and that of                 all relevant documents by Special
any family members who are here                  Delivery	to	the	postal	address	
with you) you can:                               on the form. Please note that
•		 se	the	Student	Batch	Scheme	
  U                                              Admissions & International Support
  introduced by the Home Office                  will not be able to track the progress
  where Admissions & International               of your application if you choose
  Support at Edinburgh Napier sends              this option.
  the forms and supporting
  documents to a special Home Office           Further information about
  Unit for fast-track processing.              the Student Batch Scheme is
•		 ake	an	appointment	to	go	in	
  M                                            available from Admissions &
  person to the Public Enquiry Office          International Support:
  in Glasgow. Call 0870 606 7766 for           internationalsupport@napier.ac.uk
  an appointment.

Please note that all fees are correct at the time of printing but may be subject to change.
The UK Border Agency website provides up-to-date information: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Advice and assistance
on UK immigration
Before you arrive and while you are       Police Registration
studying with us, specialist advice
on immigration issues is available        This requirement is usually imposed
from Admissions & International           on non-Commonwealth students
Support. If you experience any            (other than EU, US and Japanese
immigration problems please email:        nationals) who have been admitted to
internationalsupport@napier.ac.uk         the UK for a period of more than six
                                          months. Please check your visa,
Admissions & International Support        which will tell you whether or not this
provide immigration advice and            is a requirement.
services to prospective students,
current students and recent               Nationals of the following countries
graduates as well as to their             need to register with the Police:
spouses and other dependent family        •	Afghanistan	
members. The designated advisors          •	Algeria	
in Admissions & International             •	Argentina	
Support are the only staff at the         •	Armenia	
University who are authorised to          •	Azerbaijan	
provide immigration advice.               •	Bahrain	
They are regulated by the                 •	Belarus	
Immigration Services Commissioner         •	Bolivia	
which guarantees the competence of        •	Brazil	
advisors and ensures the quality of       •	PR	China	(including	the	Special			
the advice or assistance provided.          Administrative region of Hong Kong)
Further details about the Immigration     •	Colombia	
Services Commissioner is available        •	Cuba	
at: www.oisc.gov.uk                       •	Egypt	
                                          •	Georgia	
You can also obtain immigration           •	Iran	
advice from your local British Council    •	Iraq	
office or by looking at the website for   •	Israel	
the British Embassy or High               •	Jordan	
Commission in your country. In some       •	Kazakhstan	
countries, Edinburgh Napier University    •	Kyrgyzstan	
has appointed local partners/agents       •	Korea	(North)	
and you can consult them regarding        •	Kuwait	
UK immigration problems:                  •	Lebanon	
www.napier.ac.uk/international            •	Libya	

•	Moldova	
•	Morocco	
•	Oman	
•	Palestine	
•	Peru	
•	Qatar	
•	Russia	
•	Saudi	Arabia	
•	Sudan	
•	Syria	
•	Tajikistan	
•	Tunisia	
•	Turkey	
•	Turkmenistan	
•	United	Arab	Emirates	
•	Ukraine	
•	Uzbekistan	
•	Yemen	

You must register with the
Police within seven days of
your arrival in the UK.

At your appointment,                      The	Nationality	Department	at	
you will need to bring:                   the Police Headquarters is open
•		 your	passport;	                       Monday – Friday 9am – 12.30pm at:
•		 a	passport-sized	photograph;	
•		 	 he	unconditional	offer	letter	of	   The Nationality Department
    acceptance from the University;       Lothian and Borders Police
•		 the	fee	of	£34	(cash	only);	and	      Headquarters
•		 	 	letter	from	your	sponsoring	       Fettes Avenue
    company or organisation               Edinburgh EH4 1RB
    (if applicable).                      Tel: +44 (0) 131 311 3171
                                          Web: www.lbp.police.uk
Please note that an additional fee of
£34 is charged for an accompanying        Following registration, in accordance
spouse or civil partner, who must also    with the 1971 Immigration Act, you
attend to register, but there is no fee   must inform the Police within seven
for children under the age of 16.         days if there is a change to your
Following your initial appointment        circumstances, including:
you will be asked to return at a          •	change	of	address	
pre-arranged time (usually within         •	change	of	studies	
two – three weeks) to collect your        •	if	you	are	granted	an	extension	
Registration Certificate.                   to your leave to remain.
                                          Please note that updates to your
                                          Police Registration Certificate may
                                          be made at any local Police Station.

Travelling to Edinburgh
Edinburgh Airport Welcome Service        Arriving late at night
The Airport Welcome Service will         If you are arriving late at night then
operate as follows:                      remember to book a place with our
                                         transport company ‘Edinburgh Napier
Trimester 1                              Direct’	who	will	take	you	to	your	
Thursday 1 – Sunday 4 September          accommodation. You can only use
2011 | 8.30am – 8.30pm                   this service if you have completed an
                                         online application. If you have not
Trimester 2                              booked accommodation you can try
Saturday 14 – Sunday 15 January          and get accommodation for the night
2012 | 8.30am – 8.30pm                   in one of the many youth hostels in
                                         the city. The largest youth hostel in
Admissions & International Support       Edinburgh is:
at Edinburgh Napier will be working
with a transport company called          Edinburgh Central Hostel,
‘Edinburgh	Napier	Direct’	who	           Edinburgh, Scotland, EH7 4AL
will be at Edinburgh Airport on          Tel: +44 (0)131 524 2090
these dates to help you arrive           Email: edinburgh.central@syha.org.uk
safely in Edinburgh and find your        Web: www.edinburghcentral.org
accommodation. The Welcome Team
will	be	in	the	Domestic	Arrivals	hall	   Arriving in Edinburgh
at the airport and ready to meet
you (TBC). To take advantage of this     From outside the UK
service, you need to complete an         As this is your first port of entry
online application form at:              into the UK you will go through
www.edinburghnapierdirect.co.uk          immigration and customs
                                         control here.
For further information, email:

Via the Irish Republic                    Flights take approximately one hour.
Non-EU international students should      Buses also leave from Heathrow
avoid	travelling	to	the	UK	via	Dublin.	   airport and Victoria Coach Station
The Irish Republic has a ‘Common          in London.
Travel Agreement’ with the UK,            These take 9-10 hours and
meaning your entry clearance cannot       cost around £30.
be validated on arrival in Edinburgh      •		 From	Glasgow	
from	Dublin.	Although	you	will	               If you arrive at Glasgow Airport
receive a stamp in your passport              you will need to take two buses to
which will be valid for three months,         get to Edinburgh
it does not validate your entry                   – Arriva operates the Glasgow
clearance in full. This means that you              Flyer shuttle bus (service
must ensure you get your entry                      500) from the airport to
clearance stamp validated before the                Buchanan Street bus station
three months expire. The only way to                in Glasgow city centre. It runs
do this would be to travel to another               approximately every 10
European city and show evidence of                  minutes and costs
your arrival in the UK by providing                 approximately £4.50 one-
your boarding pass and air tickets                  way. The journey takes
between	Dublin	and	Edinburgh.	                      around 25 minutes.
                                                  – From Buchanan Street bus
You will not be permitted to                        station, you can use the
undertake any work until your                       Citylink bus (service 900)
stamp has been validated.                           to St Andrew Square in
                                                    Edinburgh city centre.
From another UK airport                             It runs approximately every
If you arrive from any other airport in             15 minutes and costs just
the UK you will have gone through                   over £5. The journey takes
immigration already and will only                   around 90 minutes.
need to collect your luggage.
•		 	 rom	London	
    F                                     You can also travel by train from
    You can fly to Edinburgh from         Glasgow	Queen	Street	to	Edinburgh	
    London and there are many cheap       Waverley (city centre) or to Edinburgh
    airlines offering great deals.        Haymarket, which is about 10 minutes
                                          from the city centre.

Passport control                          You can choose to travel by taxi,
The Immigration Officer will want to      and whilst this is the most direct
see that your documents are in order;     way, it is also the most expensive.
that your passport is up-to-date;         Alternatively, the airport operates
check your landing card and visa/         Airlink buses which travel regularly
entry clearance. It is important that     to the city centre. The bus currently
you have evidence of financial            costs £3.50 for a one-way journey
support, your University offer            and takes approximately 30 minutes.
letter and your accommodation             You could then take a taxi
confirmation (if required), ready         from the centre of Edinburgh
for inspection.                           to your accommodation.
                                          Airlink: www.flybybus.com
Airport security
It is possible that you may be stopped    Luggage
and asked some additional security        Before you leave home, take your
questions. If there are any problems,     time and pack carefully. Make sure
or if you have any concerns on arrival    your luggage is clearly labelled with
regarding your passage through            your name and your address in
immigration/passport control, ask         Edinburgh and do not pack valuables
the Immigration Officer to contact        in your suitcases. If you must bring
Admissions & International Support        valuables with you, carry them in
on +44 (0) 131 455 4701 during office     your hand luggage.
hours (9am – 5pm Monday to Friday).
                                          Please check the baggage allowance
Bus travel to Edinburgh                   of the airline you will be travelling
We advise you to take advantage of        with and try to ensure that your
our Airport Welcome Service. This         luggage doesn’t weigh more than the
will make your move to Edinburgh          stated allowance. If it does, you will
and your introduction to the              be charged extra when you check in
University much less stressful.           your bags at the airport. Please be
However, if you can’t arrive while the    aware that there are also strict
Welcome Service is operating,             restrictions on the amount and
travelling into the city centre is very   size of hand luggage that you can
easy. Make sure you know the full         carry onto an airplane and most
address of where you are going to be      airlines restrict this to one piece
living and that you have sterling cash    per passenger.
(GBP) to pay for your journey.

If you plan to travel by bus or coach    Luggage collection
when you arrive in the UK then you       Once you have cleared passport
need to be very aware of the amount      control you will have to collect your
of luggage you will be carrying. Only    luggage. Baggage collection points
take what you can carry on your own.     are clearly signposted. You will then
Remember, never allow strangers to       go through customs. If you have
carry your bags and never leave bags     nothing to declare then you should
unattended – even for a few seconds.     choose the green channel. Please be
When packing, make sure you keep         aware that Customs Officers have the
the following in your hand luggage:      right to inspect your luggage.
•		 assport,	travel	documents	
  and tickets;
•	warm	clothing;	
•		 ritish	currency	including	smaller	
  denominations which may be
  useful for onward travel (GBP);
•	travel	insurance	documents;	
•		ist	of	contents	of	your	main	
  luggage (in case your luggage
  gets lost);
•		 ny	prescribed	medication	
  (plus a letter from your doctor
  explaining what it is);
•		 ddress,	telephone	number	
  and travel instructions to
  your final destination; and
•		 ocuments	for	
  immigration purposes.

Exploring the UK                        Exploring outside the UK
Edinburgh has excellent transport       If you have a student visa, you should
links and is well served by trains,     be aware that it is a multiple entry visa
buses and flights connecting you to     which allows you to travel home or
the rest of the UK and to continental   visit other countries. You will need to
Europe. When you are studying at        check the visa regulations however, for
Edinburgh Napier, why not use the       any other countries you visit as your
holidays to travel and explore other    student visa only relates to the UK.
parts of the UK?
                                        Schengen Visas
Rail: Edinburgh Waverley railway        Within the European Union, 24
station, in the city centre, operates   countries currently have an
regular services to and from most       arrangement called the Schengen
major cities in the UK. If you are      Agreement concerning common
between 16-25, purchase a Young         border controls.
Persons Rail Card, currently £26.
This is valid for one year and          These are:
entitles you to discounted travel:      •	Austria	            •	Latvia	
www.railcard.co.uk                      •	Belgium	            •	Lithuania	
                                        •	Czech	Republic	     •	Luxembourg	
Coach/Bus: The two main coach           •	Denmark	            •	Malta	
operators in Scotland are Scottish      •	Estonia	            •	The	Netherlands	
Citylink and Megabus. Full details      •	Finland	            •	Norway	
of routes and timetables are            •	France	             •	Poland	
available on their websites:            •	Germany	            •	Portugal	
www.citylink.co.uk                      •	Greece	             •	Slovakia	
www.megabus.com                         •	Hungary	            •	Slovenia	
                                        •	Iceland	            •	Spain	
Flights: There are many airlines        •	Italy               •	Sweden	
operating flights which link the
main cities in the UK and the rest      When you apply for a Schengen Visa,
of Europe. If you plan ahead, you       you are expected to have at least
can find excellent deals with           three months left on your UK visa
budget airlines:                        from the date that you leave the
www.easyjet.com                         Schengen area, so plan any visit
www.jet2.com                            well in advance.

Our accommodation
Finding a safe and suitable place            Flat Developments
to live is extremely important,                1
                                             •		 23	Fountainbridge,	EH3	9QG	and	16,	
particularly if you are new                    18	&	20	West	Tollcross,	EH3	9QN
to Edinburgh.                                  Suitable for first year/ direct entrant
                                               undergraduates (21 years and under).
What accommodation is available?             •	1-15	Riego	Street,	EH3	9BL	
•		 ll	Edinburgh	Napier	University	flats	
  A                                            Suitable for first year/direct entrant
  were built in the mid 1990’s – we            undergraduates (21 years and under).
  have 958 beds in self-catered                2
                                             •		 8	&	34	Wrights	Houses,	Barclay	
  cluster flats of mainly four, five           Terrace, EH10 4HR
  or six persons.                              Mainly for students aged
•		 e	have	a	limited	number	of	flats	
  W                                            21-22 years old.
  which are mixed gender. The                  6
                                             •		 	&	7	Morrison	Circus,	EH3	8DW	
  majority are single gender flats.            Suitable for postgraduates.
•		 ll	students	have	their	own	single	
  A                                          •	7	&	9	West	Bryson	Road,	EH11	1EH	
  study bedroom along with shared              Suitable for nursing students and
  kitchen/living area, shower room             students aged 22 and over.
  and toilets.                               •	iQ	71,	75	&	77	Grove	Street,	EH3	8FG	
•		 ll	bedrooms	with	the	exception	of	
  A                                            Suitable for first year/direct entrant
  Wrights Houses have wash hand                undergraduates.
  basins in the rooms.
•		 e	also	have	a	70	bed	allocation	in	
  W                                          For all other questions, to see where
  brand new accommodation, run by a          our accommodation is situated or
  private	provider	called	iQ.	These	         take an online tour, please visit:
  spaces are in self-catered cluster         www.napier.ac.uk/accommodation
  flats and are all en-suite.
•		 ll	the	flats	are	within	10-15	minutes	
  of the city centre. They are close to
  local shops, supermarkets, cinemas
  and local amenities. They are all on
  good bus routes to the campuses.
•		 ll	flats	are	within	walking	and	
  cycling distance of each other.

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Can I apply for University                   online as soon as possible as places
accommodation?                               are allocated on a first come first
•		 ur	flats	are	allocated	to	full-time	     served basis.
  first year and direct entrant              A
                                           •		 pplications	from	care	leavers	are	
  undergraduates.                            welcome. We will accept applications
•		 pecific	spaces	are	available	to	         irrespective of where you are
  postgraduate students – spaces             currently living. Other eligibility
  are allocated on a first come, first       rules apply.
  served basis. Other eligibility            P
                                           •		 lease	be	aware	that	most	students	
  rules apply.                               who come to Edinburgh Napier
•		 ou	must	have	firmly	accepted	an	         University for a semester are NOT
  unconditional firm offer from              eligible to apply for University
  Edinburgh Napier University before         accommodation. However, if you
  you can apply for accommodation.           are coming as an exchange or Study
•		 ou	must	live	out	with	the	               Abroad student from North America,
  EH postcode.                               contact studyabroad@napier.ac.uk
•		 ou	must	have	obtained	entry	             regarding your accommodation.
  clearance if you are a non-EU
                                           If you miss the guarantee date of
  overseas student.
                                           22 August, please do still apply as
•		f	you	an	international	student	and	
                                           University accommodation may
  require a visa to study in the UK,
                                           still be available. We will also be able
  you must send the Accommodation
                                           to assist you to find accommodation
  Office a copy of your visa by 15
                                           in the private sector if our own
  August. Your reserved
                                           accommodation is fully allocated.
  accommodation may be reallocated
                                           If you are not eligible to apply,
  if you cannot do so.
                                           you can ask to be put on our
•		 ou	must	be	unaccompanied	–	not	
                                           waiting list. You will also be given
  bringing any dependants, such as
                                           information and advice on finding
  a partner and/or children. Some
                                           accommodation in the private
  spaces are available for students
                                           sector – please refer to our private
  with special needs. Please email
                                           sector information on our website:
  to discuss.
•		 or	full-time	single	first	year	and	    How do I apply?
  direct entrants starting in                I
                                           •		f	you	meet	all	the	eligibility	
  September we will guarantee you            criteria on the previous page
  accommodation if we receive your           you can apply online now at:
  online application and pre-payment         www.napier.ac.uk/accommodation
  by 5pm on Monday 22 August 2011.           Y
                                           •		 ou	will	need	your	Edinburgh	Napier	
•		f	you	are	starting	in	January	2012	       Number (the eight digit number in the
  there will be limited spaces available     enclosed letter) to give you access
  in our accommodation. Please apply         to our online application system.

•		 ou	must	have	your	own	email	           the four universities within the city
  address to be able to apply.             looking at the same time. It can be
•		 ou	will	be	asked	to	pay	a	£500	        useful to try and find your flatmates
  pre-payment (£400 advance                before you find a flat. Find friends
  rent payment and £100 deposit            with similar budgets and start your
  refundable at the end of                 flat-finding search together.
  the session). Please check               w
                                         •		 ww.edinburghstudentpad.co.uk
  www.napier.ac.uk/accommodation           advertises properties and lodgings
  for up-to-date deposit costs             traditionally rented out to students.
  and details of the online                Here you will also find a section
  application system.                      for students advertising for
•		 ou	will	be	asked	to	send	in	a	         flatmates. Please note that we
  Guarantor Form and set up a rent         do not inspect these flats and
  payment schedule to allow us to          cannot guarantee suitability.
  collect the rest of your rent            V
                                         •		 isit	Edinburgh	before	the	start	of	
  payments during the session.             the session to secure
                                           accommodation. Book into a short–
Once we have accepted your                 term hostel while you look for
application and we have received           accommodation for the rest of the
your pre-payment, you will be sent         session. Information on short-term
details of where you will be staying,      accommodation including local
when and where you can collect the         hostels can be found at:
keys, details of the online induction,     www.edinburgh.org
and a copy of the tenancy agreement        A
                                         •		 lways	view	properties	before	
(you will be required to sign the          making any commitment and before
actual tenancy agreement when you          handing over any money.
collect your keys).                        M
                                         •		 ake	sure	that	you	get	receipts	
                                           for all money and deposits you hand
Private Sector Accommodation
                                           over and that everything you agree
Not eligible for University
                                           to is in writing.
accommodation? Want to stay in
                                         •		 lways	check	what	is	included	
your own flat in the private
                                           in the property.
sector? Information and advice
                                         •		 heck	that	the	property	has	the	
is available on our website
                                           appropriate certificates, for example
                                           current gas safety certificate if
or by dropping in to our
                                           applicable and a HMO licence if
Accommodation Support Service
                                           there are three or more persons
Helpdesk from 22 August (more
                                           in the flat.
details at the link above).
                                         •		 emember	that	you	will	be	asked	
•		 evote	sufficient	time	to	looking	
                                           to sign a tenancy agreement which
  for accommodation. Private sector
                                           is a legally binding document.
  accommodation is plentiful but
  there are lots of students from
Looking for accommodation
Where do I start?                         cheaper areas to rent in; however,
There are a number of letting             it is located on the other side of
agencies in Edinburgh who can             Edinburgh from the University.
help you search for suitable              You can download a very good City
accommodation. There will however,        Centre map of these areas at:
be a fee for this service so always       www.edinburgh.org/traveltips/maps
find out what this is before you ask
for help. You can get advice regarding    How much will it cost?
your rights and the responsibilities      Most flats cost £250 - £400 a month
of any property agent from the            per person, depending on their size
Napier Students Association:              and location. This does not include
www.napierstudents.com                    gas/electricity bills, which are
                                          typically £25-£50 a month per
Look out for advertisements on            person. Most flats require a deposit
campus or in local newspapers and         and one month’s rent in advance.
join our Facebook group – ‘Edinburgh      Make sure you obtain a receipt for
Napier Students Flat Finder,’ which       all financial transactions from
was set up to help put you in touch       your landlord.
with other new students studying
here. Have a look and see if you          Can I get a short-term lease?
can find some flatmates before            If renting from a letting agency it is
you leave home!                           likely that you will have to choose a
                                          six or 12-month long lease. Renting
Where should I look?                      from a private owner instead, or
Some of the areas most popular with       moving in with other people that
Edinburgh Napier students include         already have a flat, will give you more
Tollcross, Fountainbridge, Bruntsfield,   flexibility to choose how long you
Marchmont, Morningside, Polwarth          stay. It is very common for travellers
and	Newington.	Gorgie	and	Dalry	          and backpackers to come to
are also close to our campuses.           Edinburgh to work for short periods,
Leith is another popular location         so there are many of these kinds of
for our students, and is one of the       arrangements available.

I’ve moved in; now what?                   Council Tax
•	Utilities	                               Students undertaking a course of
  You need to read and record the          full-time study are normally exempt
  electric and gas meters when you         from paying Council Tax. At the start
  move in and where appropriate,           of each term we send notification of
  register the bills in your name.         all our matriculated students to the
  The easiest way to do this is            City of Edinburgh and Fife Councils.
  over the phone or on the                 If you are resident in another council
  provider’s website.                      area, you may need us to sign an
•	Internet	                                exemption form to prove your
  Broadband internet is very               student status. Forms are available
  affordable and can be obtained from      from individual Councils and
  many different service providers         can be signed by Student &
  such as Virgin Media, O2, and BT.        Academic Services – please
•	Bills	                                   email enquiries@napier.ac.uk
	 	 ecide	with	your	flatmates	whose	
  D                                        for more information.
  name will go on the bills (gas,
  electricity, internet, TV, etc). We      Single-semester students, who are
  recommend that you put the bills in      studying at Edinburgh Napier
  the name of the person who will          University for less than six months,
  leave last. Also, set up a payment       will have to pay Council Tax. Costs
  system and decide how each person        vary depending on the area in which
  is going to pay. Make sure               you live but could range from £80
  everybody agrees and that there          – £140 a month. If this might apply to
  are no surprises. Pay the agreed         you, make sure you know how much
  deposit and rental payments on           the rate of Council Tax is when
  time and in the event of genuine         viewing potential properties.
  difficulties inform the landlord.
•	Inventory	
  It’s a good idea to make a list of the
  contents of the flat with the owner
  before you move in. This may
  prevent disputes later.

Student Finance
One of the biggest challenges you’ll     Full-time undergraduate students
face as a student is managing your       domiciled in Scotland (as defined by
finances. Before you leave for the UK,   the Student Awards Agency for
do your research, look at how much       Scotland) or in other European Union
things cost, think about a budget and    countries outside the United
come to Edinburgh prepared and           Kingdom, who do not already have a
aware of the cost of living in           degree and who are studying at a
Scotland’s capital city.                 publicly funded institution in Scotland
                                         for the first time, are eligible to have
Fee Status                               the costs of their annual tuition fees
You are advised to ensure that you       paid by the Scottish Executive
know your fee status, as summarised      through the Students Awards Agency
below, before enrolling on a             for Scotland (SAAS).
programme of study:                      You must apply each year to SAAS
1. Home/EU                               for the payment of your tuition fees
2. Isle of Man/Channel Islands           even if you are not applying for any
3. International                         other means of support.
Further information and advice on
the definition of status for fee         Students who live in Scotland
purposes is available from the UK        or the EU should apply online
Council of International Student         now at www.saas.gov.uk
Affairs: www.ukcisa.org.uk
                                         All students
Tuition Fees                             If you don’t have confirmation of
The fee structures for students          any level of payment of fees by your
studying courses in 2011/12              sponsor (government or other), by
are available online.                    the time you matriculate, you’ll be
Depending	on	the	type	of	                invoiced for full payment. Also, please
course you’re studying, visit:           note that fees are usually expected to
www.napier.ac.uk/ugfees                  increase annually, normally in line
www.napier.ac.uk/pgfees                  with inflation.
www.napier.ac.uk/parttimefees            Edinburgh Napier University requires
                                         payment of tuition fees in full prior
                                         to or at matriculation. You will have
                                         received notification of the amount
                                         due in your Tuition Fee Statement
                                         letter. Alternatively a payment
                                         plan must be set up prior to or
                                         at matriculation.

Payment Plan options are:                  Fee Deposits
1. 50 per cent at enrolment                We require a non-refundable deposit
   and the balance in January;             of £3,000 prior to or at matriculation
2. Three payments in October,              where annual fees are in excess of
   January and March; or                   £6,500.
3. Six monthly payments from
   October to March.                       Prompt Payment Discount
                                           A discount of £150 for full payment
These can be arranged by:                  made 30 days prior to matriculation
1. Recurring Card Payments – an            will be allowed for self-funded
    online facility to set up payment      students with annual tuition fees in
    plans with debit or credit card;       excess of £6,500 (with the exception
2.	 	 irect	Debit	Scheme	–	available	to	   of Collaborative Students).
    self funding students with a
    suitable UK Bank or Building
    Society account and a fee
    assessment of more than £100.

How can I pay?                          Payment by a Sponsor
1. Online with your debit or credit     Students may arrange to have their
   card – please make a payment at:     fees paid by their employer or other
   www.napier.ac.uk/epay                sponsor organisation. Where an
2. Cheques and banker’s drafts – in     approved letter of sponsorship has
   Pounds Sterling – should be made     been provided the student’s personal
   payable to ‘Edinburgh Napier         contribution will be adjusted
   University (Fees)’. They should      accordingly. Please provide any
   have your name; address and          necessary purchase order numbers
   Edinburgh Napier number printed      from your sponsor.
   on the reverse and should be sent    The sponsorship letter should be
   to: Fees Office, Finance Services,   written on headed paper and
   Edinburgh Napier University,         returned to our Finance Office at:
   Sighthill Campus, Sighthill Court,   Finance Services
   Edinburgh, EH11 4BN, Scotland, UK.   Edinburgh Napier University
3. Bank Transfer – please ensure you    Sighthill Campus
   include your full name and your      Sighthill Court
   Edinburgh Napier number.             Edinburgh, EH11 4BN

Our bank details are:                   If you are being sponsored for
Name:      Royal Bank of Scotland       more than one academic year
Address: 206 Bruntsfield Place,         this information will need to be
           Edinburgh, EH10 4DF          updated at the start of each new
Sort code: 83-18-25                     academic year.
Account Number: 00261075
Account Name: Edinburgh Napier          Are there any other costs
                 University Tuition     I should consider?

If your payment is being sent           Reassessments
from outside the United                 Annual tuition fees cover
Kingdom but within the European         matriculation, assessment &
Union you should quote the              reassessment. However, if you are
following IBAN reference:               required by a programme board to
GB11	BOS	831825	00261075	               repeat/retake a module with
BIC	BOS	GB2L	                           attendance you will be charged for
                                        each repeat module undertaken at an
For further information on the          appropriate fee rate.
payment of tuition fees and
payment methods available,
email: fees@napier.ac.uk

Supplementary Modules                   entitled to a refund or reduction in
If you wish to take any additional      fees. You must complete and return
modules over and above your             the relevant withdrawal
standard annual programme               documentation to your Programme
requirements, additional fees will be   Leader. Where applicable, the non-
charged for each additional module.     refundable deposit will be deducted
                                        from any overall refund made.
If you have been granted any            Deferrals
exemptions, equivalent to 50 per cent   If you have paid tuition fees for a
or more of your annual programme,       relevant academic session and then
you may be entitled to a reduction      arranged to defer your studies,
in tuition fees for the relevant        incremental fees will be charged on
academic year.                          your return into a future academic
                                        session. (If you are a non-EU
Withdrawals                             international student please check
If you formally withdraw from your      the conditions of your visa as it will
course within the first four weeks of   not normally allow you to defer your
the academic session, you may be        studies and remain in the UK).

What happens if                             completion letters will not be issued
I can’t pay my fees?                        either, if all monies due to the
If you think you may have trouble           University remain unpaid by
paying your fees please seek advice         student or their sponsor.
from either our Student Funding Team
on studentfunding@napier.ac.uk             Student Loans/Bursaries/Fees
or + 44 (0)131 455 2929 or ISAS            To be eligible to apply for financial
(Independent Student Advice Service)       support you must meet the residence
on isas@napier.ac.uk or +44 (0)131         conditions as set out in The Students’
229 8791. Please also notify Finance       Allowances (Scotland) Regulations
Services as soon as possible.              2007. You can find out more by
                                           visiting www.saas.gov.uk
Debt Collection Policy
The following sanctions will be taken      Childcare support from
in relation to any debt outstanding        Edinburgh Napier
four weeks after the start of the          You can apply for help towards the
academic year:                             cost of formal registered childcare
•		 tudents	will	have	access	to	
  S                                        through our Childcare Fund.
  University facilities and                For more information please
  services withdrawn.                      visit www.napier.ac.uk/money
•		 tudents	will	be	prevented	from	
  submitting assessments or from           Apart from my tuition fee,
  taking end of trimester exams.           how much money will I need?
•		 tudents	will	be	formally	withdrawn	    We recommend that you bring at
  from the University.                     least £1,000 in travellers’ cheques
•		 ontinuing	students	will	be	            (GBP) and some cash. You may need
  prevented from progressing into          more than this if you are going to
  their next year of study.                be living in private accommodation
•		 inal	year	students	will	not	be	able	   where you may need to pay a
  to attend graduation nor receive         deposit as well as rent.
  their Parchments; course

 You need to ensure you have enough         Please remember that applicants
 money to cover all your tuition fees       who owe fees of more than £6,500
 and	living	expenses.	Do	this	as	soon	      must make a payment of £3,000 to
 as you can as it is virtually impossible   receive an unconditional offer letter.
 to make arrangements for financial
 support once you have left your            Cost of living in Edinburgh
 home country. You may wish to order        The costs in the table below are
 British currency (travellers’ cheques)     a guide only and are based on a
 to cover your immediate needs on           single person’s monthly expenses.
 arrival in the UK, including any           Costs will vary according to your
 customs charges, transport fares           own needs and circumstances:
 and emergency expenses.

     Cost                    Approximate amount per month
     Accommodation           £320 – £360
     Food                    £180 – £200
     Travel                  £43
     Social Activities       £100 – £150
     Clothing / Toiletries   £60
     Electricity / Gas       £50
     Insurance               £10 – 15
     Telephone               £20
     MONTHLY TOTAL           £710 – £805

 Other costs                                  types of cards are available
 There will obviously be other daily          on the Lothian Buses website:
 expenses you will need to consider:          www.lothianbuses.com
 •		 ocal	transport	
   L                                          P
                                            •		 olice	Registration	certificate
   Bus travel in Edinburgh currently          Non-EU international students
   costs £1.30 for each journey or you        must register with the Police
   can buy a ‘Student Ridacard.’ This         shortly after their arrival
   costs £36 for unlimited travel for         in the UK. The Police
   four weeks and can then be                 Registration certificate
   renewed. The full fares and various        costs approximately £34.

•	Council	tax	                           •	Warm	clothing
  If you are staying in private            If you come from a country with a
  accommodation and are here for           warm climate, you should include an
  only one trimester, you may be           additional amount to cover the cost
  required to pay this tax. Costs vary     of purchasing warm clothing for the
  depending on the area in which you       winter months. We recommend
  live but could range from £80 –          £250 for this purpose.
  £140 a month. If this might apply to   •	TV	licence
  you, make sure you ask how much          If you have a television you will need
  the rate of council tax is when          to obtain a TV licence. A colour TV
  viewing potential properties.            licence currently costs £145.50 and
•	Childcare	costs                          is valid for one year. The easiest way
  If you have a young family, please       to obtain a TV Licence is online at:
  take these costs into account.           www.tvlicensing.co.uk
  www.scottishchildcare.gov.uk             You can pay by monthly direct debit.
•		 extbooks	and	stationery              •	Visa	extension	fee
  Although core reading texts can be       Non-EEA students who need to
  borrowed from the University             extend their Leave to Remain
  library, you should allow £200-          (visa) in the UK will have to pay a
  £250 per year to cover the cost of       fee to apply. The current charge
  buying additional course materials.      is £386 for postal applications or
                                           £702 for in person applications.
                                           Admissions & International Support
                                           can help with your application
                                           and advise on the supporting
                                           documentation you will need.

How do I open a bank account?                    It is sometimes difficult for
It is unwise to bring large amounts              students to provide adequate
of cash with you or to keep cash in              proof of their Edinburgh address,
your accommodation. Please open                  in which case we recommend
a bank account as soon as possible               you ask us for a Bank Letter
– it should be one of your first                 (see above).
priorities when you arrive in the
UK as you will need a UK bank               Most banks offer a basic bank account
account if you want to pay your             in conjunction with a savings account.
tuition fees by direct debit.               This means that you will not have
Before you leave home, check                access	to	any	credit	facilities.	Due	to	
with your bank in your home country         tightened security measures, it may
whether it has a special relationship       take several weeks for your account to
with a bank in the UK and whether           be opened so please ensure you bring
it can assist you with opening a UK         enough money to cover your expenses
bank account. At some international         during this time.
banks, you can open an account in
your home country (or online) and           We recommend students living in
access the account from the UK              University accommodation bring
making it easier for funds to be            around £1,000 in the form of
transferred from your home to               traveller’s cheques in UK pounds
the UK.                                     sterling (GBP) and a small amount of
                                            cash. You may need more than this if
There are two things you will need          you are going to be living in private
to do to open a bank account here:          accommodation, where you may need
1. If your chosen bank requires             to pay a deposit as well as rent, or if
    proof you are a student, you            you are accompanied by dependants.
    can request a Bank Letter from
    Student & Academic Services             If you bring a banker’s draft in sterling
    at Merchiston Campus.                   (GBP) with you, payable to yourself,
2. Visit your preferred bank taking:        you can open an account with it. The
	 	 •	 your	passport;	                      draft will take approximately five days
	 	 •	 	 he	original	unconditional	offer	
       t                                    to clear. Generally, you will not have to
       letter from the University;          pay any charges for transferring the
	 	 •	 	 vidence	of	your	home	address	
       e                                    funds into a UK bank account,
       such as a bank statement             provided the funds are in sterling
       (translated if possible); and        (GBP). However, a charge is made
	 •		 	 vidence	of	your	Edinburgh	
       e                                    to transfer funds electronically.
       address (such as a tenancy
       agreement from a reputable
       letting agency or a utility bill).

If you are a sponsored student
and your sponsor has given
you a banker’s draft or cheque,
please note that it will not be
possible to obtain cash for
either of these in the UK and
it will have to be paid into a
bank account.

Visa and Access (MasterCard,
Eurocard) are widely accepted
throughout the UK. They are
also a useful means of
establishing a credit rating.

When you arrive
Your first week at Edinburgh Napier      Starting at University can be both
acts as an introduction to your          an overwhelming and an exciting
course and to the University and is      experience. To make things easier
an opportunity to get some vital         during your first week we recommend
(and fun!) tasks completed.              that you follow this handy checklist:

q Settle in to your accommodation.
q Meet your Programme Leader and fellow students at your Induction Session.
q Pick up your Programme Handbook and timetable.
q Attend the Welcome workshop Making a successful start or Getting Started
  (undergraduate) or Goal setting for success (postgraduate), designed for you
  and your fellow students.
q Attend your matriculation session and a 30-minute introduction to the
  computing and library services (which includes details of how to access
  your Edinburgh Napier email account).
q Pick up your Student Card (at your matriculation session).
q Select Option modules if applicable (see page 47).
q Familiarise yourself with Edinburgh.
q Register with a doctor.
q Set up a student (UK) bank account (if required).
q Get involved with Napier Students’ Association (NSA) Freshers’ Week,
  especially the Freshers’ Fair and join any NSA clubs or societies that may
  interest you. Please note, a passport or driver’s licence may be required
  as proof of age for Freshers’ passes.
q Visit the Student Union.

Matriculation                            What is matriculation?
Attending matriculation is one           Matriculation is the formal process
of the priorities during your            where you register with Edinburgh
first week at Edinburgh Napier           Napier University. It includes an
but what is it and why do you            introduction to the computing and
need to go?                              library services, to show you how to
                                         use the University computer network,
                                         library systems and access your
                                         email account.

What do you need to bring to matriculation?
In order to matriculate and officially become an Edinburgh Napier
student, you will need to bring:
q Your Authority to Matriculate form, signed by your Programme Leader
    (you will get this at your Induction session)
q Proof of who is paying your fees – otherwise you may be expected to pay
q Exam certificates – the original copies of your qualifications
q This guide and the accompanying letter
q Your passport and visa stamp.

More information about induction and matriculation can be found
on our website: www.napier.ac.uk/welcome

Your Student Card
If you submit your passport photo before you arrive, you will receive your
Student Card at your matriculation session. Your Student Card is essential
for gaining access to university services, so you should carry it with you
at all times.

                                                      If you have any
                                                      problems with your
  STUDENT                                             new Student Card,
                                                      please email
                  A Person

   10009999       Expiry: September 2011

1. Your Matriculation            2. Expiry	Date	–	important	     3. Your Library
   number (this is the same         to ensure you have access       barcode.
   as your Edinburgh Napier         to buildings outside of
   number, given in any             core hours.
   correspondence you
   have received from us).

Freshers’ Week and Napier
Students’ Association (NSA)
As soon as you matriculate, you will       Student Executive & Representation
automatically become a member of           NSA is student led by elected
Napier Students’ Association (NSA)         students, three of them working
which looks out for your best              full-time for NSA. Any student can
interests and supports your needs          stand for election to this team and all
throughout your time at University.        students have the right to vote so it’s
                                           easy to get involved.
It all starts with Freshers’ Week,
which will welcome you to Edinburgh.       There are also hundreds of course
You’ll get a memorable introduction        representatives – students from
to student life and opportunities to       every year of every course at the
meet new people and make new               University. NSA will train and
friends. Events and entertainment          support you if you want to become
include parties, club nights, live acts,   a representative and you’ll be able
the Freshers’ Ball and the legendary       to play a key role listening to
pub crawl and you’ll get it all on the     student needs and passing them
cheap. You will also receive your          on to the University.
Freshers’ Handbook and Student
Survival Guide – fantastic sources of      For more information on the
information on all aspects of              NSA and the activities available
student life.                              during Freshers’ Week, visit:
Sports & Societies
There are dozens of sports clubs
and student societies for you to
get involved in at Edinburgh Napier.
You can find out all about them
from the NSA at the Freshers’ Fair.
If your activity isn’t on offer, NSA
will provide advice, support and
maybe even a little funding to help
you get it started.

Studying at Edinburgh Napier
The Modular Scheme                         Lectures – a large class (sometimes
All taught undergraduate and               over 100 students) lasting one or two
postgraduate programmes are                hours. The lecturer will give a general
modularised at Edinburgh Napier.           overview of a topic and you will need
This means that all programmes             to take notes.
are composed of modules, which             Seminar – small classes (usually up
are usually delivered and assessed         to 15 students). The tutor will notify
in a single trimester.                     students of topics in advance, and
                                           students will prepare a short
Modules                                    presentation for discussion. The aim is
Each standard module contributes           for students to analyse the topic
20 credits/10 ECTS towards your            through debate. Reasoned argument is
degree. Full-time undergraduate            encouraged; don’t be afraid to speak
programmes contain three standard          out, to challenge others (including the
modules per trimester, eg six standard     tutor!) and contribute your own ideas.
modules in each year of the programme      Tutorial – a meeting between a tutor
(6 x 20 credits = 120 credits). An         and an individual student or small
undergraduate degree with honours          group of students. This is an
comprises 480 credits. A postgraduate      opportunity for you to discuss the
degree comprises 180 credits.              progress of your work and to tell
Compulsory, Core & Option Modules          the tutor about any problems you
Compulsory Modules are modules             are having with a topic or with
which you must take within your            study methods.
programme of study.                        Practical Work – in some courses you
                                           will have practical workshops, eg in a
Core Modules are a group of modules        laboratory, intended to give you
from which you will choose one or more.    practical application of the theories.
                                           Independent study – this is an integral
Option Modules are offered from an         part of our academic culture. It will
option pool of modules determined by       help you develop key skills such as
your programme of study. Your choices      research, critical analysis and problem
may include modules relating to your       solving, and to develop your own ideas.
programme of study and/or modules          Written work – this may include
from other disciplines which are           essays, a project or a dissertation
relevant to you.                           and assignment questions.
Study Methods
Edinburgh Napier uses the following
methods of study to deliver your course:

FAQs                                       conventional essays and reports to
These frequently asked questions           pieces of group work, presentations,
will hopefully help answer some of         podcasts, design projects, animation
your queries about what you can            projects, portfolios and posters.
expect while you are studying here         There are also formal written exams
at Edinburgh Napier.                       at the end of each trimester. Most
                                           modules are assessed using a range
How many hours will I spend each           of methods – you’ll get details of
week in taught classes?                    these in your module handbooks at
Your timetable at school or college        the start of each trimester.
tends to be quite full. At Edinburgh
Napier you may be taking three             What kind of feedback will I
modules each trimester which might         receive on assessments?
give you as little as six hours of         On pieces of continuous assessment
formal taught classes each week.           you will receive a mark or a grade
Your total amount of contact time          and feedback. This is designed to help
varies with your course – for example      you improve upon your performance
students in Health, Life & Social          next time around. With written exams
Sciences can have a fuller timetable       you get a mark only; there is no
because they have to attend labs           written feedback.
and practical classes.
                                           What happens if I do not
Will I be expected to study in my          pass the assessments?
own time? How many hours                   For each assignment and exam there
might this involve each week?              will be only one resit attempt. Marks
Yes, the emphasis here is on               for resits are capped at the pass mark
independent learning – that is where       which is 40 per cent.
you work through course materials
and do assignments at your own pace        What if I find my course
and in your own time. Each module          is not for me?
you take is allocated a notional 200       Occasionally people realise that they
hours of study. Approximately 60 of        have made a wrong choice. Whatever
these may be attendance, but the           your reasons, the first thing you
rest – 140 hours – will be self directed   should do is talk to someone, such as
study. You need to develop good time       your Programme Leader, Year Tutor
management skills!                         or	Personal	Development	Tutor.	
                                           Alternatively, speak to a Student
How will my work be assessed?              Adviser who can offer ’impartial advice’,
We use a range of methods to assess        guidance and support. Contact details
your work. Continuous assessment           are available on the Student Portal.
includes everything from

Online Resources
During	matriculation	you	will	receive	            matriculate in subsequent years,
an introduction to the computing and              update your personal records
library services which will be central to         and see your results
your studies. This session will give you    •		   Teaching	and	Exam	Timetables
the skills to use the computing and         •		   Online	payments
library systems confidently – how to          	
                                            •		   N
                                                  	 apier	Students’	Association	(NSA),	
locate the best computer suite or                 school and departmental websites
library for your studies, how to log on       	
                                            •		   P
                                                  	 owerful	search	functionality	to	
to the University network and how to              search student content held on
use the email system & virtual                    University websites.
learning environment (WebCT).                 	
                                            •		   C
                                                  	 ommunications,	including	
You’ll discover how to use the library            University-wide news and events,
catalogue, which provides access to               NSA announcements and school
our extensive information collections             announcements
and how to get the best from them.          •		   M
                                                  	 y	Site	–	your	personal	website	
                                                  which you can customise and
Student Portal                                    upload documents and pictures to,
After you matriculate you will get                to share with your friends. You can
access to the Student Portal, your                create your own area to collaborate
personal gateway to our online                    on projects, set up surveys and
environment. It offers secure and easy            discussions and much more
one-step access to all online resources     •		   L
                                                  	 inks	to	selected	external	
and systems available to help you with            electronic resources.
your studies and it is the tool that
lecturers will use to communicate with      After matriculation you will be able
you. The portal can be accessed             to log on to any computer inside the
remotely wherever you are in the            University, click on Internet Explorer
world to give you access to:                and use your Napier number to log
•		 	 ebCT	–	our	virtual	                   in to the Student Portal at
    learning environment                    https://studentportal.napier.ac.uk/
•		 	 our	personal	Edinburgh	Napier	
    University email account                Nimweb
•		 Secure	areas	for	you	to	store	          Nimweb is where all your personal
    files on the University network         details – as well as your enrolment
•		 	 he	library	system	for	finding	        and assessment information – are
    information and using                   managed during your time at
    electronic resources                    university. Accessed via the Student
•		 	 our	own	student	records	to	           Portal home page, it is your

responsibility to keep your personal   WebCT
details up to date so make sure        WebCT is the online environment
you notify us about any change         we use at Edinburgh Napier
of name or address. This is also       University for supporting learning,
where we publish your module           teaching and assessment. WebCT
results each trimester.                integrates a number of features
                                       including access to electronic
Teaching timetable                     documents, communication tools
Teaching timetables are published      and assessment tools. Once you have
three times a year via the Student     matriculated you will automatically
Portal. The teaching timetable for     be registered in the WebCT system
Trimester 1 is published in May,       and enrolled on to the modules and
Trimester 2 in November and            programmes that use WebCT.
Trimester 3 in January/February.       You can then access this by logging
Please make sure you read the          in from any computer with an
instructions available online          internet connection.
explaining how to interpret your
timetable correctly.                   For more information once
                                       you have matriculated, visit:

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     Destinations	2010	survey,	Edinburgh	was	
     the only UK city to feature in the top 25
     places to visit in the world.
Computing Resources
At Edinburgh Napier University, you        C
                                       •		 	 onvenient	vending	machines	
can access networked resources and         selling IT essentials
WebCT through the student portal           S
                                       •		 	 pecial	low-priced	purchase	
24/7 from home or anywhere with an         schemes for software for
internet connection. Within the            your own PC.
University we provide access to over
1,750 PCs and 150 Apple Macs across    Whether on or off campus, wherever
our campuses. Opening hours vary       you are in the world, you will always
however, the 500-seat Jack Kilby       have support by email and telephone
Computing Centre at Merchiston         from	the	central	Support	Desk.
Campus is open 24/7*.
                                       Our Libraries
On campus, we provide access to:
                                       At university, you need to be an
•		 	 ace-to-face	user	support	from	   independent learner. It’s important to
    our	Help	Desks	at	the	main	        be organised and plan your studies.
    campuses including over 70
    hours per week from the Jack       Learning how to find and use
    Kilby Computing Centre             different types of information is
•		 PCs	24/7*                          an integral part of university study.
•		 	 icrosoft	Office	applications	    It can be daunting to visit an
    and the internet                   academic library for the first time,
•		 	 pecialised	software	packages,	   but library staff are here to help
    including:	CAD,	project	           you find what you need.
    management, statistics,
    mathematics, computer              The libraries at Craiglockhart,
    programming, and many others       Merchiston and Sighthill have
    to support your studies            collections which support the
•		 	 ono	and	colour	A4	and	A3	        subjects taught on each campus.
    and acetate printers               This means that you will find most
•		 	 i-Fi	network	connections	        of the books you want on your home
    for your laptop                    campus, but you can also use the
•		 	 canners	and	other	               library catalogue to request books
    specialist peripherals             from other campuses.
•		 	 	laptop	loan	service	from	
    the main campuses
                                       * Trimesters 1 and 2

You will have an online induction           Standard loans are 28 days, but
during matriculation, and specialist        some items may only be borrowed
subject librarians offer pro-active         for shorter periods of time.
support during your course including
lectures, drop-in sessions, workshops       Find out more
and hands-on computer lab sessions.         Come in and visit your library.
                                            For more details and a gateway
Library Catalogue                           to our online resources, see: https://
Use the Library Catalogue to search         studentportal.napier.ac.uk/Library
for the books on your reading list.
You can also use the catalogue              You can only borrow books and
to renew books online, without              use online resources after you
having to visit the library.                matriculate, but our libraries are
http://nuin.napier.ac.uk                    open to anyone to visit. Before
                                            matriculation, you can also find
To help you with your study, we have:       library opening hours and details
•		 	 he	textbooks	and	materials	you	       at: http://staff.napier.ac.uk/
    need for your modules, including        services/library
    a large collection of e-books
    and e-journals.                         What students say:
•		 	 lexible	study	spaces,	with	areas	     “The team in the library are
    for group study or individual           approachable and make studying
    quiet space.                            a much better experience.”
•		 	 nline	information	skills	guides	
    including subject resource guides,      “I have never had a negative
    IN:FORM and Library Basics              experience in coming to the library.
•		 	 mail	reminders	when	your	             They are always encouraging, polite,
    books are due back, so you can          patient and they calm me down.”
    avoid fines.
•		 	 elf-service	borrowing	and	returns,	   “I do most of my study here as I
    so you don’t need to queue.             cannot be productive at home.”
•		 	 nquiry	services	offering	you	
    personal assistance – in person,
    on the telephone or online (email

Study Support

English as a Foreign Language            2. In-session English for study
and In-session English                       support classes
If English is not your first                 In addition to the EFL modules
language and you would like to               there are other free-of-charge
improve your level we offer                  English language support classes
the following options:                       available if you would like to
                                             improve aspects of your English
1. Undergraduate EFL modules                 while studying your degree. The
    On many of our programmes you            Centre for Business Languages
    can choose English as a Foreign          offers the following types of tuition
    Language as one of the modules           to registered students:
    which you study each trimester.      	 	 	 •	 Writing	Workshops	
    Modules take place during the day    	 	 	 •	 Presentation	Skills	Courses	
    and are usually taught in one        	 	 	 •	 Reading	Skills	
    three-hour block each week.                   D
                                         	 	 	 •	 	 iscussion	Skills	and	
    Enrolment is very simple and you              Vocabulary	Development	
    will sit a Placement Test at the     	 	 	 •	 Individual	Help	Sessions	
    beginning of each trimester, so we   	 	 	 •	 Pronunciation	Laboratories	
    can allocate you to a class at the
    appropriate level. The modules       In these workshops you will practice
    will help you with aspects of        writing and get feedback that helps
    your English such as:                you to improve your knowledge
	 	 	 •	 Negotiation	Skills	             and ability to the standard required
	 	 	 •	 Essay	Writing	                  at university.
	 	 	 •	 Report	Writing	
	 	 	 •	 Debating	                       For more information contact
	 	 	 •	 Role	playing	                   Dr	Nick	Pilcher:	
	 	 	 •	 Research	Skills	                Tel:    +44 (0) 131 455 4731
	 	 	 •	 Business	and	Cultural	Issues	   Email: n.pilcher@napier.ac.uk
	 	 	 •	 Interpreting	

For more information contact
Vera Macdonald
Tel:    +44 (0) 131 455 4417
Email: v.macdonald@napier.ac.uk

Studying in the UK
for the first time?
So what is University really like?          classes during the week. What are
It’s challenging but exciting – you’ll be   you supposed to do with all that
expected to really stretch yourself         extra time?
both as a learner and as an individual.
There is less interaction with staff        At university you need to be an
than at universities in your home           independent learner – that means
country, and more emphasis on               you’re in charge of your studies.
independent learning, so it might feel      Organise your spare time in order to
a little impersonal at first. This can be   cover your reading and coursework.
quite hard, especially if you are           Set aside time in your diary for
starting university in the second or        studying or research – and begin
third year, but you’ll soon find you        those assignments in good time.
meet others with common interests           At university, each assignment has
and settle into your new environment.       a strict deadline for submission
Over the summer, you could:                 and it’s important to follow
•		 oin	www.yougofurther.co.uk the
  J                                         instructions about formatting
  UCAS student network, to connect          and referencing closely.
  with other students coming to
  Edinburgh Napier University.              Ask for help when you need it
•		 ollow	Edinburgh	Napier	University	
  F                                         You will experience big classes at
  on Facebook to see what’s going on.       university. At the beginning you
•		 ead	up	on	the	course	you	are	
  R                                         might feel uncertain about asking
  about to start and what’s involved        questions. But no-one expects you
  in the modules you’ll be taking           to know everything! If you’re joining
  on the Edinburgh Napier                   year 3 or 4 of an undergraduate
  University website.                       course, you almost certainly will
                                            have some questions.
Keep on track!
It can be hard to keep your studies on      Don’t	be	afraid	to	make	yourself	
track, particularly if you have other       known to your tutor or module leader.
commitments, so it’s important to be        Tutors will be able to give you more
organised, and plan your studies from       individual advice if you introduce
the very start.                             yourself to them. Some tutors have
                                            times when you can drop into their
You’ll probably find that you have          office and ask for advice. They are
much more free time than you were           there to help – and it’s important to
expecting with fewer scheduled              be proactive about asking for it.

Study Skills
Skills Support                            •	Critical	analysis	for	assessments	
Even if you’re already a top student,       D
                                          	 	 evelop	your	critical	thinking	skills	
at Edinburgh Napier there is always         including analysing written material,
something new to learn about                spotting faulty reasoning, and
academic skills like essay writing,         developing a more questioning
critical thinking, or referencing.          reading style.
We offer academic skills workshops        •	Critical	essay	writing	
to help you get the most out of your        An advanced workshop on writing,
time here.                                  full of hints and tips on how to
                                            write more critically, use source
Academic skills workshops:                  material in-depth and use
What’s on offer?                            evidence to develop logical and
We run a programme of Academic              well-reasoned arguments.
Skills Workshops in Trimesters 1 and      •	Oral	presentations	
2. A typical workshop runs from one         Showing you how to plan and
to two hours in length. They are all        deliver an informative, engaging
full of hints and tips on how to            presentation. We will discuss how
improve marks!                              to reduce stress, make good use
                                            of visuals, field questions, and
                                            captivate your audience.
A typical trimester will include          •	Referencing	and	plagiarism	
workshops on:                               Looking at how to reference
•		 cientific	report	writing	               properly, including how to quote
  Gain skills on how to structure and       and paraphrase, and how to use
  present scientific research findings      the Harvard method to reference
  in a professional scientific report.      sources. We also look at what
•	Powerpoint	                               plagiarism is and, crucially, how to
  If you have to do a presentation or       avoid it. Be wise, don’t plagiarise!
  produce a poster as part of your          R
                                          •		 eady	or	not:	Exam	preparation	
  course and would like to learn how        and revision
  to use Microsoft Powerpoint, this         Preparation is key to succeeding
  workshop is aimed at those with           in exams! We discuss revision
  little or no experience of using          strategies, what examiners are
  the programme.                            looking for, and how to improve
•		 tructuring	your	essays	                 your exam performance.
  and reports
  Writing your first essay or report at   The workshops are open to everyone
  university can be daunting. In this     and are free of charge. They offer you
  workshop, learn how to unpack a         practical, useful, and time-tested
  question, structure an answer, and      strategies applicable to nearly every
  include source materials.               aspect of your university study.

How do I find out more?
Full dates and times of the
workshops running in each
trimester will be available online
once you matriculate. Watch
out for announcements from

Seek out information
Actively seek out information
you need – which isn’t always
easy when you don’t know what
you need to know! Read your
course information carefully,
and make the most of induction
week activities. Ask library
staff to help you search for
information.	Discuss	study	
techniques with other students.
Being independent doesn’t
mean being isolated.

Get	ready	for	University	Study	
www.napier.ac.uk/getready is
a website designed specifically
for our students to access
information about studying at
university. Our own students
feature strongly, offering useful
tips and advice, and sharing their
experiences of studying here.

Student Mentoring
Students often find their first year    What our students said:
of studying at university quite
challenging, because so much is new.    “My mentor has enabled me to have
A student mentor can offer friendly,    confidence in my abilities and helped
informal support and advice to help     me adjust to university life.”
you get up to speed with life as a
                                        “My mentor was a great help with all
university student.
                                        the issues I’ve been concerned about.
                                        I feel a lot more confident about
Our trained student mentors
                                        things now.”
have already experienced
university life, and are able to        “My mentor is such a lovely person
share their experiences with you.       and has made me feel welcome at
Your mentor can help you:               Edinburgh Napier. She has introduced
•	settle	in;	                           me to researching e-journals on the
•	set	study	goals	and	priorities;	      database, given me ideas on how to
•		 ackle	the	process	of	writing	       study and general advice about how
  assignments; or                       the University works.”
•		 et	ready	for	presentations	
  and exams.                            “I have gained an insight into how to
                                        apply myself to university coursework
All of our mentors are trained          that I would otherwise not have had.”
students who have been studying
with us for at least a year. They are   One-To-One Retention Advice Service
people from a wide variety of age       Although the majority of students
groups and backgrounds who              find that they are studying the right
understand the challenges you are       course for them, occasionally people
facing when entering university from    realise that they have made a wrong
school, college or the workplace.       course or module choice, and that
Working with your Student Mentor,       they would be happier studying
you’ll gain confidence in your own      something else.
abilities and adjust more quickly to
life at Edinburgh Napier University.    Whatever your reasons, the first
                                        thing you should do is to talk to
For more information, please email      someone. It’s important to think
studentmentoring@napier.ac.uk           through why you might want to
                                        change course and consider the
                                        implications of any change,
                                        financially and for your future
                                        career plans.

There are a number of people
you can talk to about your
concerns, including your:
•	Programme	Leader	
•	Year	Tutor	
•	Personal	Tutor	

You can also speak to a Student
Adviser, who can offer advice,
guidance and support – especially
if you would like to see someone
who is impartial and outside of
your programme or Faculty.
We’re based in Skills and Learner
Development	and	you	can	make	
an appointment to see us on
a one-to-one basis.
Email: sar@napier.ac.uk

If you are considering leaving
your course for personal or
financial reasons, staff in our
Student Affairs department may
be able to provide guidance,
advice and practical help that will
enable you stay on your course.
Their contact details are at the
end of this guide.

Confident Futures
Personal skills for                    Napier students can book onto our
professional development               open programme of workshops free
At Edinburgh Napier, we’re the only    of charge. Workshops include
university offering all our students   opportunities to identify and use a
an exciting, high quality and          range of skills and tools to help you,
purposeful programme of personal       for example:
development events – Confident             b
                                       •		 	 etter	understand	yourself	
Futures. The programme is designed         and others;
to help you develop your personal          b
                                       •		 	 e	more	assertive,	or	
skills and attitudes so you can be         communicate more effectively;
more confident and successful,             m
                                       •		 	 anage	conflict,	or	deal	with	
both at university and beyond.             setbacks and change;
We want you to become first                t
                                       •		 	 ake	on	challenges,	set	goals,	
choice with employers.                     problem solve; or
                                       •		 	 efend	your	ideas	
Depending	on	what	you’re	studying,	        more effectively.
some Confident Futures workshops
may be offered as part of your         To find out more about Confident
course, eg before you do your first    Futures and see what current
group work assignment or before you    students are saying about us, visit:
go out on placement. All Edinburgh     www.napier.ac.uk/confidentfutures

Personal Support
Careers                                   If you find it difficult to get to a
Our Careers team is here to help          campus you can submit a careers-
you throughout your journey as an         related question via Ask Careers and
Edinburgh Napier student. If you’re       receive a response by email. Visit
looking for a part-time job while         Careers on the Student Portal and
you’re studying or if you need some       click on Ask Careers. Remember all
help figuring out what to do after        these services can be accessed via
your course ends, they can help           the Student Portal and they are
with CVs, applications or interviews      all free so make full use of them
and arrange regular events to             while you are at Edinburgh
help you meet employers offering          Napier University.
real opportunities.
                                          Disabilities and Specific
To help with all career related queries   Learning Difficulties
and career planning they offer:           If you have a disability, specific
•		 	wide	range	of	careers	workshops	     learning	difficulty	such	as	Dyslexia,	
  to help prepare you for the world       mental health difficulty or a medical
  of work.                                condition and you may require
•		 ccess	to	key	local	and	national	      support,	please	contact	the	Disability	
  employers who come onto campus          & Inclusion Team in Student Affairs
  and discuss the opportunities they      as early as possible. Having early
  have for you to work with them.         information about any needs you
•		 n	online	Vacancies	and	Events	        have will help us to put any required
  service where you can browse over       support in place as soon as possible.
  500 opportunities and sign-up to        Members	of	the	Disability	&	Inclusion	
  careers events.                         Team can be contacted
                                          at any time during the year:
If you want to get some specific          Tel:     +44 (0)131 455 2914/2963
advice from a Careers Adviser, regular    Email: support@napier.ac.uk
drop-in sessions run at Merchiston        Web:     www.napier.ac.uk/
and Craiglockhart where you can get                specialneeds
advice on your career choices.

It is particularly important you get        Fire Evacuation and Personal
in touch if you think you may need          Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEP)
any of the following:                       If you have a disability, long term
•		 dvice	or	information	about	             health condition or a temporary health
  the support available;                    condition that is likely to affect how
•		 n	assessment	of	your	needs;	            quickly and safely you can exit the
•		 djustments	to	teaching	or	              University in an emergency, you will
  residential accommodation;                need a PEEP. For example, you will
•		 ccess	to	specialist	technology	         need a PEEP if you are a wheelchair
  or equipment;                             user or have significant mobility,
•	Information	in	alternative	formats;	      vision or hearing problems; and you
•	Personal	assistance;	                     may also need one in some situations,
•		 pecial	examination	                     such as pregnancy or if you have a
  arrangements; or                          broken limb.
•		 elp	with	claiming	Disabled	
  Students Allowance.                       PEEPs will be completed by the
                                            University’s Fire Safety Officer, in
When you get in touch, we will:             discussion with you and a
•		 end	you	information	about	the	          representative from your School.
  support that is available;                The PEEP ensures you have a clearly
•		 iscuss	your	support	needs	in	           explained plan detailing what you
  person, by phone or email;                need to do in the event of a fire
•		 rrange	a	visit	for	you	(if	you	wish)	   or other emergency evacuation.
  to see the accommodation (teaching        For health and safety reasons, this
  and residential), Assessment              must be completed soon after you
  and Training Centre and other             join the University.
  university facilities;
•		 rrange	for	you	to	meet	relevant	
  A                                         If you think you need a PEEP and
  staff	within	the	Disability	&	            have not been contacted within four
  Inclusion	Team,	the	Disability	           weeks of joining the University, please
  Contact for your academic school,         raise this with your Head of School.
  or Accommodation Officer;
•		 dvise	you	about	specialist	
  A                                         Further information on fire evacuation
  assessment, access to funding             can be found on the student portal,
  and equipment; and                        under health and safety information,
•		 sk	you	to	provide	evidence	of	your	
  A                                         once you matriculate.
  additional support need or disability.

Counselling                                related issues, such as funding and
Our counsellors support students           fees, debt and money management,
who have personal issues causing           housing and tenancies, employment
them concern or who are                    and consumer rights, immigration
emotionally upset.                         status and benefits.

Counselling is about helping you to        ISAS advisers can access information
understand life better, enabling you       on almost anything and where
to live a more fulfilling and satisfying   necessary refer you on to another
life. It is an ongoing process built on    agency. Advisers are here to listen,
the relationship between you and           help you explore your options, and
your counsellor. It is the counsellor’s    help you make an informed decision.
job to listen to you with complete         Where necessary they will write
concentration in a way that is warm,       letters on your behalf and/or make
genuine and non-judgemental.               telephone enquiries, and accompany
You can expect your counsellor to          you to meetings and/or formal
accept what you say, to try and            University hearings with the aim of
understand you and to be honest            negotiating a solution or resolving
with you. We also offer other              the problem.
forms of therapy, and various
self-help techniques.                      Contact us
                                           Tel:     +44 (0)131 229 8791
Independent Student                        Email:   isas@napier.ac.uk
Advice Service (ISAS)
                                           Spirituality, Faith & Chaplaincy
What is ISAS?                              The University chaplains offer a
ISAS is the Independent Student            range of skills and experience gained
Advice Service. It is a campus-based       in the community. As well as non-
general advice service set up to           faith related support, they can also
provide Edinburgh Napier students          provide spiritual direction, advice in
with accurate and up-to-date               matters of faith, opportunities for
information and support.                   workshop and prayer, and support in
As soon as you become a                    times of personal crisis. They have
matriculated student here you are          varied experience from working in
entitled to use this free service.         the community to advise and support
Advice is provided on a wide range of      you in matters such as bereavement
course related and university issues       &	loss,	HIV/AIDS	and	relationships.	
as well as a broad range of welfare-

The team has strong links to
other disciplines and are
aware of the importance of
appropriate referral. Chaplains
are happy to meet with you to
discuss the traditional services
of the Church, such as weddings
and baptisms. Contact the
Chaplaincy Team to discuss
religious services, spiritual
issues or general support:
Call: +44 (0)131 455 2926
Web: www.napierchaplains.org

Crisis Support
University can be a challenging
place for everyone involved.
When life gets to be a bit of a
struggle, and you’re not sure
which way to turn, our chaplains
can offer confidential and
non-judgemental support for as
long as you need it. In particular,
they can help if you are feeling
lonely or isolated. Edinburgh
Napier chaplains are a resource
for everybody within the
University – for those who
have a faith and those who
don’t. They simply aim to offer a
safe place for care and support.
Call the Chaplains’ 24-hour
helpline on +44 (0)131 455 2926

Edinburgh Napier is a multi-campus         Sighthill Campus
university. Our main campuses are in       Sighthill Court, EH11 4BN
lively student areas at Craighouse,
Craiglockhart and Merchiston and in        In January 2011 the new state-of-the-
Sighthill. They offer some of the most     art Sighthill Campus opened for
modern teaching and learning               students in the Faculty of Health,
facilities in Scotland.                    Life & Social Sciences. It provides a
                                           modern, purpose-built, sustainable
Craighouse, Craiglockhart, Merchiston      building with premier teaching and
and our student accommodation are          learning facilities.
all within easy walking and cycling
distance of each other. Sighthill Campus   The cutting edge facilities include
is just a short bus ride away. All our     a five storey library, specialised
sites are easily accessible by public      teaching rooms, clinical skills
transport from the city centre too.        laboratories, project rooms and
                                           research rooms. There are three
Craighouse Campus                          modern lecture theatres and PC labs
Craighouse Road, Edinburgh,                with more than 200 computers.
EH10 5LG
                                           The brand new sports facility includes
Grade A-listed buildings nestle in         a main sports hall and is suitable
a woodland setting. Craighouse             for a variety of team sports. There
Campus has a purpose-built library,        is a biomechanics laboratory for
is home to our arts and creative           our sports science students’ project
industries students and is linked          work and the gym is fully kitted out
to Craiglockhart by a scenic walk          with the latest exercise equipment.
through a local nature reserve.
Scottish records mention Craighouse        For more information please visit:
as far back as the 12th century!           www.napier.ac.uk/sighthill

Craiglockhart Campus
Colinton	Road,	Edinburgh,	EH14	1DJ

The refurbished Craiglockhart
Campus is home to The Business
School. Two modern lecture theatres,
a cyber cafe with its own Starbucks,
language labs and computing
facilities sit alongside historic
B-listed buildings.

Merchiston Campus
Colinton Road, Edinburgh,
EH10	5DT	

Merchiston Campus is a unique
blend of the past and the
present in Edinburgh’s literary
quarter. It is home to both the
award winning, 500-seat Jack
Kilby Computing Centre, open
24/7, and the 13th century
Napier Tower where John
Napier was born in 1550.
The Faculty of Engineering,
Computing & Creative
Industries can be found here.

For more details and directions
to any of our campuses see:

Living in Edinburgh
Student Employment                           Latvia, Lithuania, Poland,
We understand that many of our               Slovakia and Slovenia:
students will want to work during            www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/
their studies. It is important that you      workingintheuk/eea/wrs/
are aware of the rules concerning         2. Bulgarian and Romanian nationals
employment in the UK and can                 should apply for a Registration
manage your time to ensure a                 Certificate on form BR1:
healthy balance between work                 www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/
and study.                                   workingintheuk/eea/
International students who have a         3. All other EU nationals are free to
‘restriction’ stamp placed in their          work as many hours as they can
passports are generally permitted to         manage alongside their studies.
work up to 20 hours per week during
each trimester and full-time during       Our Careers Service is based at
vacations. Note: We recommend that        Merchiston Campus, and maintains
you work no more than 15-20 hours         a list of job vacancies suitable for
per week during each trimester.           students. You can register with them
You can check UKCISA for up-to-date       once you have your matriculation
regulations:                              number and student email account:
•		 on-EU	international	undergraduate	
  N                                       www.napier.ac.uk/napierlife/careers
  students may work full-time during
  Christmas, Easter and summer            Post-Study Work
  vacation periods.                       From April 2012, the Tier 1 Post-Study
•		 on-EU	international	Masters	
  N                                       Work route will be closed to new
  students may work full-time during      applicants. This applies to all students
  Christmas and Easter breaks only.       who graduate after April 2012.
  They are not permitted to work
  full-time again until they have         Instead, students graduating with a
  completed their course.                 UK degree will be able to apply for a
•		 hD	students	are	advised	to	work	
  P                                       job with a UK Border Agency licensed
  no more than 20 hours per week          Tier 2 sponsor. Because the UK
  during the period of their studies.     Border Agency are in the process
                                          of introducing these changes, please
EU accession countries                    check online for up-to-date
and employment                            information about this option:
1. Nationals from the following           http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/
   countries, which joined the EU         workingintheuk
   on 1 May 2004, should apply
   through the Worker Registration        Alternatively please contact the team
   Scheme if they wish to work:           at: internationalsupport@napier.ac.uk
   Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary,
Insurance                                 may be worth considering an
                                          additional policy, especially
Personal insurance                        designed for international
You should take out adequate              students, which covers your
insurance protection to cover             insurance needs comprehensively
personal items – baggage, books,          including repatriation costs in
personal computers, etc. Insurance        the event of illness.
can be arranged on arrival but make
sure that your travel insurance           Full details of the policy offered by
continues until you have other            Endsleigh Insurance (‘Insurance for
arrangements in place.                    International Students Studying in
                                          the UK’) are available online:
Health insurance                          www.endsleigh.co.uk
All international students in full-time
education in Scotland are eligible for    Other companies also offer
National Health Service (NHS)             insurance policies for students
treatment. This includes your spouse,     so do look for the best package.
registered civil partner and school
age children (if still in full-time       Registering with a doctor
education). Please note that this only    If you are staying in Edinburgh for
applies while you are studying in the     more than three months, you should
UK. Proof of student status must be       register with a doctor soon after your
provided when registering with a          arrival so that you can receive
Health Centre (your unconditional         treatment quickly and easily.
offer letter from the university,         Special arrangements for registration
proof	of	ID	and	proof	of	address	         at doctors practices are made during
has to be shown).                         Week One at the beginning of the
                                          trimester and you are strongly
If you are a student from a European      advised to register then.
Economic Area country, you are also       Full-time overseas students who
exempt from NHS charges as long as        become ill after arrival in the UK may
you have proof of status (eg              obtain National Health Service
passport).                                treatment without charge, provided
                                          they are registered on a recognised
We recommend that you take out            course. However, there is a charge
private medical insurance to cover        (currently approximately £7) for
the period until registration             each item of medicine that a
(matriculation) at the University. It     doctor prescribes.

Please be aware that you will have       streets as well as in some of the
to pay for dental treatment and          larger supermarkets.
visits to an opticians.
                                         In addition to the ordinary mailing
Important points:                        service, the Post Office offers a
•		 emember	to	bring	with	you	a	         banking service called Girobank and it
  supply of any regular medication       is possible to pay some bills (such as
  you are taking.                        telephone, water, gas or electricity)
•		 lease	be	aware	that	services	        through the Post Office even if you
  provided under the National            do not have an account with them.
  Health Service may vary from           There may be a small charge for this
  the healthcare system in your          service. You can also buy postal
  own country.                           orders or overseas money orders to
                                         send in the mail. In addition, you can
Staying in contact                       order foreign currency/travellers
                                         cheques (no commission is charged)
Postal services                          and transfer money electronically
Most Post Offices are open from          through the Post Office.
9am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday
and 9am – 12.30pm on Saturday,           Telephone services
although some small offices may          Telephone services are provided
have more limited hours.                 through a number of public
                                         companies including British Telecom
Mail sent to destinations in the UK      (BT) and Virgin Media. There are
can be sent either first or second       public payphones available on our
class. The cost varies according to      campuses and throughout the city.
the size of the envelope. First class    Remember that making telephone
mail is generally delivered the          calls, particularly long distance, can
following day; second class can take     be	expensive.	Depending	on	the	
longer. You can buy stamps from the      telephone company, telephone calls
post office or from a stamp machine      to British numbers are usually
and also from many shops including       cheapest between 6pm and 8am
supermarkets and newsagents. You         and at the weekends.
can also buy them from Reception at
Merchiston or Craiglockhart Campus.      If you’re considering living in the
Mail can be posted at the Post Office    private sector then you should
or in the red post boxes on the street   carefully consider the options
- these show the collection times on     before signing up with a telephone
the front. They are quite common         service provider as companies
and can be found on most main            offer different packages.

International direct dialling              Mobile phones (cellphones)
You can dial direct to over 180            There are 45 million active mobile
countries from the UK. There may           phones in the UK and you may prefer
be cheap rate periods for direct           to have one instead of a landline
dialled calls to Europe and North          (fixed telephone line) to your
America but this will depend on the        accommodation. There are several
telephone company (usually                 different companies and different
between 6pm and 8am every day).            handsets and SIM cards that you can
                                           buy. You should be very careful about
To dial overseas you will need to          making international phone calls
dial: 00 + country code + area code        from your mobile as costs can be
(minus initial 0 or 9) + local number.     very high. If you already have a
Country codes and area codes are           mobile, you may be able to use it
listed in telephone directories            quite cheaply in the UK – check with
or on the website for International        your local service provider before
Directory	Enquiries:	                      you come to Edinburgh.
                                           There are two types of mobile phone
Phone calls within the UK                  usually available in Britain:
All landline numbers in the UK have          P
                                           •		 ay	As	You	Go	–	you	pay	a	fixed	rate	
an area code starting with a 0, and          for the handset and SIM card and
then a local number. For local calls         then pay for calls as you make them.
within your own area, you can omit           You will need to ‘top-up’ your mobile
the area code. For example,                  with extra money which can be done
Edinburgh’s code is +44 (0) 131. Omit        from most supermarkets, Post
the +44 (0) 131 when calling from a          Offices and newsagents. This means
landline inside the area but dial it         you can keep control of your
when calling from outside the                spending more easily however, call
Edinburgh area. All mobile phone             costs can be more expensive.
numbers in the UK begin with 07.             C
                                           •		 ontract	Phones	–	you	pay	a	
                                             monthly rental cost, with various
Transfer costs and reversed charges          tariff bonuses (sometimes including
It is possible to transfer the cost of a     free minutes). The handset is
phone call so that the person you are        usually free and the amount you
phoning	pays	for	the	call.	Dial	155	for	     spend on your phone is debited
the UK International Operator and            from your bank account every
ask for a ‘reversed charge call’.            month. The contract periods are
The person you are calling will be           usually for a minimum of 12-18
asked if they accept the charge.             months so it can sometimes be
This should be avoided as it is an           hard for international students
expensive option.                            to get contract phones.

If you want to buy a phone, get advice   free of charge or direct to landlines
from independent stockists on the        for a small charge. If you don’t
best deal for you. There are a number    already have a Skype account then
of shops in the city centre including    take the time to set up an account
Carphone Warehouse, The Link and         before you go and encourage your
Phones4You which are not allied to       friends and family to do the same.
any particular company or tariff.        www.skype.com
Once you have bought a phone you
should also register it to prevent       Domestic and business listings
fraudulent use. You can do this by       If you want to find local information
calling: 08701 123 123 or online from:   in your area, for example where your
www.immobilise.com                       nearest optician might be or where
                                         you can buy parts for your computer
Phone cards                              – you can call a directory enquiries
Numerous phone cards (produced by        service. There are a number of
private companies) are available in      organisations which offer directory
the UK offering cheap phone calls to     enquiries at different prices.
overseas countries. You can get some     The most popular are BT’s 118 500
good deals; however, you will need to    (or 188 505 for International
consider all options carefully. We       Directory	Enquiries),	118	118	or	118	
advise you to use the internet and       247. These calls can be expensive
search for ‘international phonecards’    however, and you can also look up
using Google or Yahoo. Some local        similar information on the web at
shops also stock phone cards.            www.yell.co.uk and www.118500.com

Public payphones                         Useful numbers
Dialling	instructions	can	be	found	on	   100 UK operator assistance
most public payphones. Standard          155 International operator assistance
payphones accept 10p, 20p, 50p and       999 Emergency Services (Fire,
£1 coins and some will allow you to          Police, Ambulance, Coastguard)
insert a debit or credit card. These
calls can be expensive, especially       Internet & email
overseas, so it is best to get a         As a student you will be given
phone card.                              free access to the web and to
                                         email, although you should note
Skype                                    that your accounts are only set
The cheapest way to stay in touch        up after you matriculate.
with family and friends at home is
via Skype. Skype allows you to make
voice calls over the internet either

We hope you’ve found this pack useful and that it contains all the
information you need. If you’d like more information about your
first day or week please let us know.

Tel:     +44 (0) 8452 60 60 40
Email:   induction@napier.ac.uk
Web:     www.napier.ac.uk/welcome

Admissions & International Support
Tel:   +44 (0) 131 455 4701
Email: internationalsupport@napier.ac.uk
Web:   www.napier.ac.uk/international

Other Useful Contacts

Tel:  +44 (0) 131 455 3713
Web:  www.napier.ac.uk/accommodation

Tel:   +44 (0) 8455 20 30 50
Email: ugadmissions@napier.ac.uk (undergraduate)
       pgadmissions@napier.ac.uk (postgraduate)

Disability & Inclusion Team
Tel:     +44 (0) 131 455 2929
Email: support@napier.ac.uk

Napier Students’ Association
Tel:    +44 (0) 131 229 8791
Web:    www.napierstudents.com

Student Funding
Tel:   +44 (0) 131 455 2929
Email: studentfunding@napier.ac.uk

Student Cards
Email: idcards@napier.ac.uk

Tuition Fees
Tel:     +44 (0) 131 455 6120
Email: fees@napier.ac.uk

Another good source of advice for international students can be found
on the UK Council of International Student Affairs website – including
information on travelling to the UK and working in the UK during
your studies:

Web:   www.ukcisa.org.uk

Some important dates
Trimester	1	     	       5	September	–	17	December	2011
Assessment	weeks	        5	–	16	December	2011	
Christmas	Break		        19	December	2011	–	6	January	2012
Inter-trimester week     9 – 13 January 2012

Trimester 2              16 January – 12 May 2012
Assessment weeks         30 April – 11 May 2012
Easter break             9 April – 20 April 2012
Inter-trimester week     14 – 18 May 2012

Trimester 3              21 May – 1 September 2012
Assessment weeks         20 – 31 August 2012

*Please note that trimester 3 is generally only for postgraduate students who
will stay and study to complete their dissertation. For undergraduate students
(other than those studying Nursing & Midwifery), this is the summer vacation.

Social Networking
Edinburgh Napier University is now on both Facebook and Twitter. If you want
to find out more information about Edinburgh Napier University, get to know
other prospective students and make new friends before you’ve even arrived,
please follow the links below!

Find us on Facebook by searching for Edinburgh Napier International.

Follow us on Twitter:

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