Edinburgh Napier University values

Edinburgh Napier University values

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Edinburgh Napier is an innovative university inspired and deeply connected to the world around it. We create and support personalised learning and research opportunities that nurture talent, create knowledge and shape communities around the world.

We have a reputation for the diversity of our student community, employability of our graduates, our international reach, and our engagement with business through research and enterprise.


Our values are at the heart of Strategy 2020: Building Success. We are

  • Professional
  • Ambitious
  • Innovative
  • Inclusive

We want to be recognised as a University that acts with respect and integrity and creates an environment where everyone involved feels proud, confident, challenged and supported. Our values are reflected in all aspects of our work and our relationships with partners and stakeholders.


Our purpose is to deliver high quality education and research to add value to the social, cultural and economic capital of the communities we serve. We work at the leading edge of our academic disciplines in research, pedagogy and professional practice, developing highly valued graduates and delivering research outcomes that together transform communities.

Strategy 2020

There are four ambitious goals for Strategy 2020: Building Success

1. To grow our academic reputation
2. To deliver an excellent personalised student experience
3. To foster innovation, enterprise and citizenship
4. To internationalise our work

Edinburgh Napier University values

Our vision is to be an enterprising and innovative community renowned internationally, with an unrivalled student learning experience. Strategy 2020: Building Success demonstrates the excitement we have in our potential and the ambitions we have for ourselves and our students.

Growing our academic reputation

Growing our academic reputation is at the heart of Strategy 2020. To achieve this, we have set a range of goals and key performance indicators around our teaching, our reputation and our student numbers.

To grow our academic reputation, we will

  • Operate at the leading edge of our academic disciplines, through research, professional practice, knowledge exchange and pedagogy
  • Establish a reputation for outstanding teaching in every area of our portfolio
  • Integrate the taught portfolio with research and professional practice
  • Grow our research profile in areas of academic strength and potential
  • Establish a thematic interdisciplinary academic focus
  • Build our reputation as a leader in research, teaching and innovation in education
  • Grow our community of postgraduate students

Key performance indicators by 2020

  • Grow our student population from 18,400 to 22,600
  • Grow our taught postgraduate population from 3,000 to 3,900
  • Grow our research postgraduate population from 200 to 300
  • Increase our National Student Survey student satisfaction from 85% to more than 90%
  • Grow our Research Excellence Framework submissions from 100 to 200.
  • Grow our percentage of our academic staff engaged in externally funded research and knowledge exchange from 16% to 40%.
  • Grow our research grant and contract income from £4.6m to £9.1m.

For more detail, please download our academic strategy below, and to find out how we’re currently doing against our targets, please see our corporate plan.