Coronavirus Statement

Please note: this message is for our Scotland-based students only.

24/03/20 - Statement

Coronavirus update – Student Accommodation

​​Given the exceptional circumstances of the last few days, the University has decided to offer students who wish to break or end their lease for University owned student accommodation the opportunity to terminate their lease with 28 days’ notice. This applies to students who have already left or who intend to leave. The University is introducing this measure as part of the support we are offering to help our students through this challenging period.

The window in which to notify the University that you would like to break your lease in student accommodation is from 24 March until 27 March 2020 at 12 noon. Your notice period will start on the day we receive your email requesting release from the lease. Requests beyond this window will not be considered.

Students will not be charged after their lease has ended.

If you wish to hand in your notice, please do so by email to the relevant address below including your name, address and matriculation number in addition to your intended departure date which must be by Friday 27 March 2020 at 12 noon. Students who have already handed in their keys will be assumed to have given notice of termination of their lease on Tuesday 24 March 2020. If you have departed without returning your keys, let us know using the relevant email address.
  • Orwell Terrace: j.dodgson@napier.ac.uk
  • Slateford Road: l.mangan@napier.ac.uk
  • Bainfield (Braid Hill and Blackford): l.clarke@napier.ac.uk
  • Bainfield (Craiglockhart and Castle Rock): n.srebrzynska@napier.ac.uk
  • Bainfield (Corstorphine, Calton Hill and Arthur's Seat): d.gilfillan@napier.ac.uk
If you are leaving, you must take all your personal belongings and rubbish with you. There are bins and recycle points in our bin stores where you can dispose of unwanted items. However if you are planning on getting rid of your bedding, pillows and duvets, please leave these in your room and let us know.

If you have already left accommodation but still have belongings in your room, you must let us know.

For those students who will be remaining in our accommodation the residences will remain open with restricted access and some may be moved apartments which better supports social distancing or self-isolation, if required.

If you have any questions please contact accommodation@napier.ac.uk or visit the regularly-updated FAQ page on myNapier​.

20/03/20 - Statement

Coronavirus update – summer graduations

Graduations are the highlight of the year at Edinburgh Napier and, as it stands, we hope to be able to hold our ceremonies as planned at the Usher Hall in early July.

However, the Coronavirus situation is fast moving and we are working on contingency plans to ensure that all eligible students will be able to graduate in the event that we have to postpone these particular ceremonies.

As a result, we will soon open graduation registration. This will allow us to issue graduation parchments and graduate all eligible students in absentia whether ceremonies go ahead or not.

If the ceremonies then go ahead as planned in July, all graduating students will receive a letter of congratulations from the Chancellor upon crossing the stage as you will already have your parchment.

If you cannot attend your ceremony for any reason OR if the July ceremonies are postponed, you will be offered the chance to attend an alternative date at the earliest opportunity. You will receive a letter of congratulations from the Chancellor on stage, in your gown and have the chance to celebrate your achievements with friends and family as normal.

We are continuing to monitor the situation and will send out further information once we know more.

Thank you very much for your patience at this time.

19/03/20 - Statement

Exam information for students 

The following is an update on important changes to assessments and examinations that affect all students on taught programmes (undergraduate and postgraduate). 

In recognition of the exceptional circumstances facing all students, we have agreed to make the following changes. 


19/03/20 - Statement

Latest coronavirus (COVID-19) update – campuses, facilities and accommodation

As the situation with coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to escalate, here’s an important update about our campuses, services and student accommodation.
  • All of our campuses will be open until Thursday night (March 19).

  • From Friday morning, Sighthill Campus and Craiglockhart Campus will be closed to all students. This includes access to the library and other facilities.

  • From Friday morning, Merchiston Campus will be open between 9am and 4pm. This includes Merchiston Library and JKCC. Please bring your student card to guarantee access as you may not be able to enter otherwise.

  • Catering, Starbucks and all other food and beverage outlets on campus will be closed.

  • Print Services and ENGAGE gym will be closed.

If you have any questions about facilities matters, please email FacilitiesServiceDesk@napier.ac.uk 

Student accommodations 

In light of the ongoing issues being faced by the University with the spread of the Covid-19 virus, we are working hard in the first instance to ensure that the health and well-being of all our students and staff is ensured. 

Our current priority is making sure that our student accommodation continues to be a safe place for our students to live and colleagues to work to support them; we are taking all necessary steps in line with government and public health advice. 

We have seen that a number of students have left their accommodation to return home which is understandable. We will ensure that any belongings from students who have left the accommodation are kept safe in their rooms and we will continue to make the accommodation available for the remainder of the academic year. 

There have been a number of queries in relation to the refund of accommodation fees where a student has returned home. We will continue to follow government and public health advice and address this matter when there is more clarity and certainty around the remainder of this Academic year. 

If you have any questions about accommodation matters, please email accommodation@napier.ac.uk​

If you have any other queries, please contact coronavirusqueries@napier.ac.uk​


17/03/2020 - Statement

Urgent coronavirus (COVID-19) update to campuses and facilities.

As the situation with coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to escalate, here’s an important update about our campuses and services.
  • Campuses will remain open but we are reviewing this situation. This is depending on demand and resources available to maintain safe and secure operations. We will advise if this changes.

  • Catering will offer a reduced service on Wednesday and close completely on Wednesday night, with Starbucks operating on each campus until Thursday night.

  • All restrictions on car parking have been lifted for the foreseeable future.

  • ENGAGE gym will close on Wednesday evening until Wednesday 15 April.

  • Print Services will close completely on Thursday evening.

If you have any questions about facilities matters, please email FacilitiesServiceDesk@napier.ac.uk

If you have any other queries, please contact coronavirusqueries@napier.ac.uk​

16/03/2020 - Statement

Following updated guidance from the UK Government, the University has cancelled all face-to-face teaching immediately.

All classes that were due to run tomorrow (Tuesday 17 March) will no longer run and students should not attend campus.

From Monday 23 March, all our teaching will be delivered online and remotely.

Your lecturers and tutors are currently making arrangements to ensure that your learning is impacted as little as possible by these changes.

We will provide further details on how this will be done later in the week.

Please look out for updates which will be shared by email, through iNapier notifications, and on myNapier. As communicated on Sunday, all assessment for our exams will be delivered online or in an alternative format. We continue to do all we can to ensure student and staff safety and ask for your patience at this time.​

15/03/2020 - Statement

Due to the continued outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are announcing significant changes that will affect all of our students. These have been made so that you and your classmates are protected and supported during these difficult times. 

The health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority and because of this we are taking the following steps: 
  • All face-to-face teaching will be suspend​ed from the end of Tuesday (17 March) onwards. Please attend classes up until the end of Tuesday as normal. All classes from Wednesday (18 March) until Friday (20 March) will be cancelled.
  • ​​From Monday (23 March) all teaching will be done online and remotely. Your lecturers and tutors are currently making arrangements to ensure that your learning is not adversely impacted by this change. We will provide further details on how this will be done later this week. Please look out for updates which will be shared by email, through iNapier notifications, and on myNapier.
  • We will conduct all assessment for our exams online or they will be delivered in an alternative format, so our April / May assessments (scheduled to begin on 27 April) will be done remotely, where possible. Please look out for updates on this which will be shared by email, through iNapier notifications, and on myNapier. 
  • The University will not be closing and all campuses will remain open with full access to libraries and other services. 
  • This is a rapidly changing situation globally and if your term time address is different from your home address we understand that you will consider returning home for your,and others, wellbeing.  Some countries are now closing their borders and while our campuses will remain open, all teaching and examinations will now be online, so you are not required to attend. Please take all your necessary belongings and the materials you will need to complete your studies and exams. 
  • For our students in student accommodation and international students unable to return home, we will be providing additional support, and our staff will be in touch to help. 
  • A helpline is being set up to support students who have questions about the above information. We will promote it once it is live. 
This is a rapidly changing situation and we are working hard to make the right decisions for our students and staff. Please keep up to date with the latest information by reviewing our regularly updated FAQs on myNapier​, checking our social media channels, and watching out for future emails. 

We appreciate that these are difficult and uncertain times which causes anxiety for many. We are doing all we can to ensure staff and student safety and security and ask for your patience at this time. 
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