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Edinburgh Napier University Reviews

Updated 4 Jul 2019

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18 Ratings
  1. "cool"

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    Former Employee - Project Officer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University

    Pros

    cool to work for and hours are perfect

    Cons

    to much of work sometimes

    Advice to Management

    stay cool

    Edinburgh Napier University2015-10-26
  2. "Good place to start"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Small University good for communication amongst department teams. Flexible work arrangements and good holiday leave allowance.

    Cons

    New University so little focus on Research. Very poor at encouraging and developing early career Researchers. Securing funding or time off to engage in developmental opportunities (i.e. courses, seminars) went unsupported.

    Advice to Management

    Good staff are an asset. Set aside resources per employee to invest in them and they will give back in greater measures.

    Edinburgh Napier University2015-05-12
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Clueless students, admin and general lack of ambition."

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    If you get a permanent post you can sit it out until retirement.

    Cons

    Staying motivated. Having to deal with students that really should not go into university education. Dealing with staff that have no ambition.

    Advice to Management

    Prune aggresively and nurture only the best.

    Edinburgh Napier University2014-06-23
  4. "Great place to work, lots of opportunities to make your mark, interesting projects"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Edinburgh Napier University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly accessible staff, lots of opportunities to make your mark, very linked up with industry practice, Napier is doing some really interesting things I think and the impact is starting to be really felt now, especially in technology and creative areas. To work here right now is to feel part of something very progressive. Well paid too, would especially recommend to practice-led academics - less so for traditional...

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    Cons

    The canteen is cheap but poor yes - but there are a dozen trendy cafes yards away however and the Merchiston campus is in a great location. Like lots of jobs these days contract rather than permanent work is often what's on offer.

    Advice to Management

    I get that all uni have issues with red tape but the less there is the more successful Napier can be. Starting to see this situation improve this year

    Edinburgh Napier University2013-05-02
  5. "Napier Researcher"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Edinburgh Napier University

      Pros

      Napier is a fun University to work at and the other staff are friendly and fair. Generally a good place I would recommend

      Cons

      Academically it is not very strong and there can be a lack of others who are really committed to academic research. But this would depend on department obviously.

      Edinburgh Napier University2013-04-14
    • "Very good"

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      Current Employee - Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook

      I have been working at Edinburgh Napier University full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Flexible work time, continuous personal development, opportunities to engage with innovation and research.

      Cons

      Bureaucracy, politics, lack of common sense in some departments

      Advice to Management

      Many of the corporate processes need serious efficiency reviews.

      Edinburgh Napier University2012-11-01
    • Helpful (2)

      "Frustrating - low competence levels of Management."

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      Former Employee - Senior Lecturer in Edinburgh, Scotland
      Doesn't Recommend

      I worked at Edinburgh Napier University

      Pros

      Lovely location , poor management allowed me independence and autonomy - by default !! Encouragement to bring in income from external sources.

      Cons

      Emphasis on glowing P.R. to the external community, despite poor academic standards expected of students - staff have encountered difficulty in allowing student failure rates to fall below levels acceptable to Management.

      Advice to Management

      Communicate with academic staff. Don't keep siding with administrators and ignoring overload of student contact hours required by teaching timetables , at the same time pushing staff to produce "research" - of a quality very suspect....

      Edinburgh Napier University2011-01-13
    • "Good place to work"

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      Current Employee - Principal Research Fellow in Merchiston
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Edinburgh Napier University full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      The Merchiston campus is situated at a nice position easy to get to city centre and travel from the train station.The buildings are well maintained and clean. The teaching and research activities are going well, and you can get help easily.

      Cons

      University parking is an issue.

      Advice to Management

      Need to attract more fundings to improve laboratory facilities and wisely use the available space

      Edinburgh Napier University2017-01-20
    • "Masters"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I have been working at Edinburgh Napier University

        Pros

        Student satisfaction is extremely important. Offers a good work/ life balance with flexible working hours. Excellent pension scheme with employer contributions circa 19.4%.

        Cons

        Although there are a lot of talented staff and colleagues at the University, the drive to turn the University into a Research intensive one is not proving successful, and impacts heavily upon staff morale with a negative affect on the culture.

        Edinburgh Napier University2016-12-05
      • "Depends on the professor you work with"

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          Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

          I worked at Edinburgh Napier University

          Pros

          -Facilities are rather ok -Nice people

          Cons

          -Location a bit far -Cafeteria a bit expensive

          Edinburgh Napier University2014-02-18
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