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Skills development, wellbeing & support services​​​​​​​

Things you need to know...


Disabilities, health co​nditions and specific learning difficulties

At Edinburgh Napier, we have a positive approach to supporting any student advising us of a disability, health condition or specific learning difficulty and we currently work with many students in this position.

It is essential to start planning ahead early to ensure that support can be discussed and put in place as close to the start of your course as possible. Please contact us well in advance of starting at the University, especially if you have significant support needs (eg. if you have mobility difficulties, you need sign language interpreters, or you require a support worker or specialist equipment).

All discussions will be confidential and we will ask for your consent before we share any sensitive information about your needs with other staff. You can find out about appointment and drop-in arrangements by contacting the iPoint at Craiglockhart, Sighthill or Merchiston.

Members of the Disability & Inclusion team can be contacted at any time during the year. Please email if you have questions about arranging support. 

For international students: how are disabilities defined in the UK?

Within the UK, there are laws to protect and support anyone defined as having a disability. For the purposes of the law, a disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that has a long term or substantial adverse effect on the ability to carry out day-to-day activities. This can include:

  • Physical and sensory impairments (eg. problems affecting mobility, sight or hearing)
  • Long term health conditions (including hidden health problems such as heart conditions, diabetes, epilepsy or mental health difficulties)
  • Specific learning difficulties (such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, conditions on the autistic spectrum etc.)
Long term usually means something that is likely to last or have an impact for at least a year (or much longer). Having a ‘substantial and adverse impact on day-to-day activities’ means that it can affect a number of the things you do on a daily basis, eg. travelling from place to place, doing physical activities, shopping, communicating with others, dealing with information etc.
Visit Disability & Inclusion for more information or email

Getting support for a Specific Learning Difficulty

If you have evidence of your specific learning difficulty (dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, ADD, ADHD) – e.g. a report from an educational psychologist, letter or report from school/college etc., arrange an appointment with an adviser:

If you suspect you might have a specific learning difficulty, but you don’t have evidence, BEFORE arranging an appointment with an adviser you should complete the SpLD Checklist.

If your score is 45 or more, then please do the following:

  • complete and return the New Student Questionnaire and book a place on the AT and Library Workshop when it opens. (Please note that you must have completed your matriculation before you attend a workshop. If you haven’t matriculated, you won’t be able to access the University’s computers and networks).

Academic S​kills​

Get Ready​ is a website designed specifically for you to access information about studying at university. Our own students feature strongly, offering useful tips and advice, and sharing their experiences of studying here.​

Even if you’re already a top student, at Edinburgh Napier there is always something new to learn about academic skills, for instance academic writing or critical thinking. We offer a programme of academic skills support to help you get the most out of your time here.

Further advice and support on academic and study skills for university can be found on the Academic Skills pages.


Research shows that studying and working abroad can have a positive impact on academic and career outcomes. As an undergraduate student at Edinburgh Napier you will have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions in Europe or overseas for part of your degree. 

If you think this is for you or just want to find out more about the destinations available to you, the Global Mobility team will support you before, during and after your time abroad.

The team run Information Sessions on each campus during Trimester 1 and operate Drop-In sessions on each of the University’s three campuses during term time.

Visit Exchanges for more information or email to find out more.​


Confident Futures

Edinburgh Napier is committed to ensuring our graduates are highly valued by employers and are well prepared for successful careers. Our Confident Futures team is unique in the higher education sector, offering our students a high quality and purposeful programme of personal and professional development. The Confident Futures workshops are designed to develop your personal and professional skills, attributes and attitudes. This will help you reach your potential at university and successfully secure a graduate job or run your own enterprising business.

Depending on what you’re studying, some Confident Futures workshops will be offered as part of your academic programme, for example, before you do your first group work assignment or before you go out on placement.
Workshops include opportunities to identify and use a range of skills and tools to help you, for example in:
  • Managing yourself
  • Communicating with others
  • Working with others
  • Professional working
Visit Confident Futures for more information.

Careers & Employer Opportunities


Working with you individually and in partnership with your tutors we aim to make sure that you are well prepared to find a great job. The Careers team are happy to help if you have questions like:

"What are the career options with my qualification?"

"How do I find a part time job?​​​"

"How do I write a CV?​"

"​What can I do now to help my career in the future?"

Our services include workshops, appointments, CV Doctor and access to resources.

Visit Careers for more information or email

Employer Opportunities

Our employer events programme runs throughout the year and provides you with opportunities to make direct contact with a wide range of industry professionals.
Employer events include: careers mini fairs; employer presentations; employer ‘drop ins’; employer skills workshops, internship virtual fairs; networking events and subject specific events.

Looking for a part-time job while studying? Visit our Careers facebook page.

Counselling & Mental Wellbeing

For most students, going to university is an exciting and enjoyable experience. But for some it can be challenging; being lonely and homesick, or because they bring with them unresolved personal and emotional issues. The Counselling & Mental Wellbeing team exists to help and support students to cope with these kinds of issues. Both services adhere to strict confidentiality guidelines.


Our counselling service offers non-judgemental and accepting support by dedicated and qualified counsellors.
  • One to one assessment and counselling, in general, up to 5 sessions
  • Student can self-refer by e-mailing
  • Students can use counselling to explore their thoughts and feelings to find meaning or work towards a particular goal. This can be based on any aspect of their life and not just their studies.
  • Counselling can help with building emotional resilience during periods in a student’s life when they are feeling anxious, depressed or overwhelmed.
  • Counselling offers a space which allows for support and exploration of personal and relational difficulties (past or present) where the student can develop new resources and coping strategies.
  • As a service we can, with the student’s agreement, also look at referral to other support within the community.
Visit Counsellin​g for more information or email

Mental Wellbeing​

Our Mental Health team can help if you:
  • have an existing mental health condition
  • are feeling anxious or depressed
  • are worried about your mental health
  • want to plan how to stay well while at university
Visit Mental Wellbeing​ for more information or email


Information about spiritual direction and faith​ within the University. 

Personal Development Tutor

Starting life at university is incredibly exciting, but at times it’s easy to feel overwhelmed as you adjust to a new environment. Your Personal Development Tutor (PDT) is assigned to you during the first few weeks at Edinburgh Napier and will be your first point of contact for any academic or personal issues you may experience throughout your time at university.

Visit Personal Development Tutor (PDT) for more information. | Edinburgh Napier Mobile App