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 Distance, mature & college students

Information for specific groups of students​​

​Things you need to know...

Coming from college
Mature students
Visiting Students​
Distance learners​
Care leavers​
SPICE - Student Pre-arrival Induction for Continuing Education

Coming from college

What’s university really like?

It’s challenging, and exciting. You’ll be expected to stretch yourself both as a learner and as an individual. There may be larger class sizes and less interaction with staff than at college, and there is more emphasis on independent learning, so it might feel a little impersonal at first. This can be quite hard, especially if you are starting university in the second or third year, but you’ll soon find you meet others with common interests and settle into your new environment.

Before you come, you could:


Mature students

If you are starting at Edinburgh Napier University as a mature student, don’t worry, you won’t be alone! Visit Get Ready to hear from other mature students and get an overview of some key academic skills.

Visiting students

The Global Mobility team at Edinburgh Napier University are the first point of contact for visiting students to the University so regardless if you are an Erasmus+ exchange student, a free mover from Europe, or a visiting student from a non-EU institution, they will be a key contact and are here to help. Any questions or queries you have can be emailed to the team at 

The Induction page will give you more information on what’s happening during your first week as well as where you need to go on your first day.  You may have already received this information in an email but if not, visit the First-Day Finder page and type in the course code or name that’s on your offer letter, hit find and note down where you need to be and when.  

All new visiting students are expected to arrive at Edinburgh Napier by Thursday 5 January 2017.  If, for whatever reason, you will be arriving after this date, please email​ to let the Global Mobility team know.

We are looking forward to meeting you when you arrive at Edinburgh Napier!

Distance learners

IT Information

You can access all of the University’s Online Services including Email and Moodle via the myDashboard section of myNapier.

Before you start to use the Online Services you will need to complete the following steps:
  1. Set your password
  2. Enrol for the Password Manager
  3. Activate your email account
  4. Work through the Moodle module: Introduction to Computing and Library for Off Campus Students, this gives you further information about the University’s online services and explains how you can get help.
Instructions for completing these steps can be found on the IT Getting Started section.
Further information about all our services can be found on the IT myNapier pages.

Library Information

You can use LibrarySearch to search for books and ebooks, as well as find online journal articles and databases.
Depending on your programme, you may not visit our libraries in person. However, many of our library resources are available to you from anywhere in the world. We have over 50,000 ebooks and 30,000 ejournals available online.

If you are in the UK, but can’t visit our campuses, you can also register for our Postal Loans Service. This allows you to request books online and we will post books to your home or workplace using Royal Mail.
  • Before you start, complete the Introduction to Computing and the Library for Off Campus Students. This will give you the essential information you need to get started, and will take about twenty minutes to work through.
  • See the Library Off Campus webpages for more information and help.

If you are a distance learner you can find the answers to your questions by visiting Before you arrive.

If you can't find what you are looking for email us at

Care leavers 

Edinburgh Napier University is committed to supporting care leavers and care experienced students. If you have previously been cared for by a local authority; whether in residential care, foster care, cared for at home or cared for by friends or relatives, and have indicated this on your UCAS form, we may have already contacted you. If you did not indicate that you were a care leaver on your UCAS form, it’s not too late to let us know, just email We will be happy to tell you about all the support that is available to you at the University.

Visit the Care Leavers pages​ for more information.​ | Edinburgh Napier Mobile App