Latest statements on Covid-19On this page you'll be able to find our latest University statements regarding Covid-19.
19 April - Library and IT Services update - 24/7 opening and helpdesks return
Following easing of Covid-19 restrictions by the Scottish Government, we are pleased to be able to offer more services to support you from mid-April.
Spaces will be open for longer, you will be able to browse Library books again and staff can return to helpdesks.
The JKCC helpdesk has already reopened, with staff now available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
Monday 19 April
- Library and JKCC opening hours will be extended to include evening and 24/7 access. Craiglockhart and Sighthill Libraries are now open until 9pm. See Library Opening Hours and Computers on Campus.
- Study rooms in libraries will reopen and be available for booking using Resource Booker. Unfortunately, you still cannot work together in groups - Guidelines state users will be expected to observe 2 metre social distancing.
Monday 26 April
- Access to browsing Library books will reopen. Where possible, you should still use Click and Collect to request books in advance.
- All Library helpdesks reopen, with staff available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
Other arrangements for your health and safety will continue as outlined in Library Services and Covid-19, including:
- Book a study space in advance using Resource Booker.
- You need to wear a face covering at all times while you are in our libraries and computer suites (apart from those exempt).
- Books will be quarantined for 72 hours between users.
We will continue to update the central Library Services and Covid-19 webpage with the latest information following any Government changes, so please check this before you plan a visit.
14 April - Collection of personal belongings in student accommodation
The Scottish Government has announced that as of Friday 16 April, travel throughout all of mainland Scotland is permitted. This allows University students living in Scotland to travel to collect any personal belongings left behind in student accommodation.
We have set up a time slot process for collecting items. This is to ensure social distancing measures are maintained for the safety of individuals and staff on site. All residents must notify us of when they intend to arrive to collect items by booking a time slot via Eventbrite. Please note that only one slot is allowed per resident and failure to book a time slot may result in no access being provided.
Upon arrival at accommodation, all residents, including those from Orwell Terrace and Slateford Road, must report to Bainfield accommodation reception with photographic identification. You will then be issued with a temporary key fob for your room. Residents are responsible for making their way to their accommodation site and retrieving their belongings.
All key fobs other than those in possession of the accommodation staff will no longer work as they have now expired.
Any unwanted items or refuse must be removed from the bedroom and kitchen areas and disposed of in the bin store. Once items have been removed from accommodation, the key fob must be returned to accommodation staff or deposited in the black key return box located at Bainfield reception.
Please ensure you arrive on time for the slot you have booked. If you are no longer able to attend, you can cancel your slot by informing Student Accommodation. We want to make the process as safe and straightforward as possible for our students, and if you show up late this will impact others wishing also to collect their belongings.
How to get here
Edinburgh City Council offers pay and display street parking facilities at locations surrounding the accommodation sites.
Safety procedures while on site
All individuals must follow the following safety procedures when on site at accommodation:
- Each resident is permitted a maximum of one other individual to assist them with moving items. Any other family members or friends must not come on site.
- When collecting or depositing the key fob, only one individual is permitted inside the reception area at all times. If the reception is occupied, please wait outside the reception and maintain 2 metres social distancing from others.
- A face covering or mask must be worn on site at all times.
- When inside the flat, please be aware of others who are collecting items and maintain social distancing rules at all times.
Residents who are unable to collect belongings in person
If you are unable to collect belongings in person, then we can provide access to a friend or family member. To do this, please follow the procedure outlined above to book a time slot. You must then contact firstname.lastname@example.org providing the name of the person who will be collecting the items on your behalf. Please also provide written consent confirming that you grant access to the named individual who will collect the items on your behalf.
If it is not possible to collect your belongings in person, or if it is not possible to arrange for a friend of family member to collect the belongings at this time, then we would recommend using one of the following companies in order for them to pack your belongings and have them shipped to you. We would recommend getting in touch with one of the following providers so they will be able to give you a quote on the cost of delivery.
- PACK & SEND
- Baggage Hub
- Inwood Logistics
- Sevenseas Worldwide
- Student Storage Box
- Kangaroo self storage
Please note that Edinburgh Napier University is not affiliated with any of the organisations above and take no responsibility or liability for any damaged or missing items.
If you decide to use a pack and send company, then you are not required to organise a booking slot, however you will be required to inform us of the date in which the company will be on site to collect your items. Failure to provide such information may result in the company being unable to access your flat. Please note that we will only be able to provide access during our operating times. Therefore all pack and send companies must report to the reception between 9.30am – 4pm Monday to Friday.
We kindly ask that your belongings are collected no later than Friday 28 May.
If you are not planning to return to accommodation please confirm by email providing us written confirmation you are happy for us to dispose of the items in your bedroom.
If you have any questions regarding the collection of your items, please email email@example.com and a member of the accommodation team will be happy to help.
8 April - Regular Covid-19 tests available to students coming on to campus
All students attending our campuses can now arrange to have regular Covid-19 tests free of charge, twice a week.
We are offering free tests to every student visiting our campuses, or being taught on our campuses, to help protect our community from the transmission of Covid-19.
Regular testing will be available from today (Thursday 8 April) onwards and you can book a test by using the Edinburgh Napier app and clicking on the tile marked “Book Covid-19 Test” or by visiting the Book a Covid-19 Test page on My Napier.
The location of the testing centre is The Pleasance Sports Complex (46 Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9TJ).
If you are moving household or changing address, you should get a test before you return to Edinburgh. For this, you can have a PCR test posted out to you before you travel.
When you arrive in Edinburgh you should also get tested. You can use the test centre above for this.
If you test positive, you and members of your household will need to self-isolate immediately. If tested at our site in Edinburgh you will need to get a follow-up PCR test provided by the NHS. If you test positive with a PCR test, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days.
It is not mandatory for you to have a test, but we would like to strongly encourage you to take up this offer, for the safety of yourself, your friends and family, and fellow students.
Do not attend a test centre if you are displaying symptoms. Instead, arrange for a Covid-19 test through NHS.
Members of staff who teach or work in other roles on our campuses will also be given the opportunity to have regular tests.
If you have any technical difficulties booking a test, please get in touch with our IS Service Desk who will be able to assist you. You can reach them by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 0131 455 3000.
8 April - Summer 2021 Graduation ceremonies cancelled
Last week, we wrote to both our Class of 2020 and 2021 with an update on this summer's Graduation ceremonies.
Unfortunately, due to ongoing uncertainty caused by the pandemic, we will be unable to host our ceremonies in the Usher Hall this summer.
Class of 2021 - if you are due to graduate this summer then you will receive further instruction to your Edinburgh Napier email in due course.
Class of 2020 - if you graduated from Edinburgh Napier last year and would like to be a part of this summer's digital celebrations, you will need to opt in by Friday 9 April through the online graduation survey - full details can also be found in the email correspondence.
We know that this will be disappointing news for you. However, as soon as is practical once restrictions are lifted, we are planning to give you the opportunity to get gowned up for photographs on campus and for class of 2020 and 2021 reunions where you will be able to celebrate with your classmates.
Until then, alongside our digital celebrations, we are planning something that shows everyone just how proud we are of you. We want to shout about your success and get your name out there. More on this will be revealed soon.
23 March - Important update on Covid-19 testing, Easter holidays, and the remainder of Trimester 2
12 February - Important update on international travel restrictions
From Monday 15 February, all international arrivals to Scotland will be required to book and pay for managed isolation in quarantine hotels to help protect against the transmission of Coronavirus (Covid-19). There is also a requirement to take two Covid-19 tests during your quarantine in addition to the test taken pre-departure.
It is the advice of the University that you stay at home and delay any travel until you are told by us that in-person teaching is due to resume on your course. We know, however, that some international students travelling back to university from outside the UK have already returned, or have booked and paid for travel to return to Edinburgh.
Arriving in Scotland
If you are flying directly into Edinburgh or another Scottish airport from overseas, you should follow current quarantine advice set by the Scottish Government. You will be required to:
- Undertake a Coronavirus (Covid-19) test and get a negative result during the 3 days before you travel.
- Before departure, book and pay for managed isolation in a quarantine hotel for at least 10 days from arrival. This applies to arrivals from all countries outside the Common Travel Area and includes British citizens.
- Complete an online passenger locator form before travelling, and provide contact details, travel details and the address of your final destination. You will need to enter the booking reference for your managed isolation package.
- Be tested on day of 2 and 8 during of your 10 day quarantine.
- Follow the national rules on Coronavirus in Scotland.
Arriving in England
If your point of entry to the UK is in England, you should follow the UK Government quarantine advice. You are also required to undertake a Coronavirus (Covid-19) test and get a negative result during the 3 days before you travel.
From 15 February, if you arrive in England and have travelled in a country on the banned travel list (sometimes called the 'red list') in the last 10 days, you will need to quarantine (self-isolate) in a government quarantine hotel for 10 days. You will need to book your hotel before you travel and there is a requirement to take two COVID-19 tests during your quarantine in addition to the test take pre-departure. If you are travelling from a country not on the banned travel list, you can travel to Scotland without having to quarantine in England, however you must self-isolate when you arrive in Scotland.
If you arrive in England and fly immediately to Scotland, you are not required to isolate in England but you are required to self-isolate at home in Scotland. You should refer to the current quarantine advice set by the Scottish Government.
We understand you may have questions therefore please contact our Visa and International Support Team by emailing email@example.com
11 February - Important update on Covid-19 measures on campus
We hope that you are settling back into University life well and staying safe during these difficult times. Please remember to observe social distancing when you are on our campuses and follow the rules we have put in place for your safety.
Here is important information about how to stay safe when visiting our campuses or studying with us throughout this trimester:
You must confirm your attendance at classes using the Student Check-In service
Please remember you must check-in using My Account – the Edinburgh Napier app – to confirm your attendance for any timetabled learning event taking place on campus or at one of our other teaching venues. This is mandatory.
Please also check-in to any timetabled learning events taking place online. Although doing so is not mandatory, this information does help us support your wellbeing and identify any engagement issues.
You can check-in using My Account – the Edinburgh Napier app. Find out more on the Check-in to class page.
Sign In To Campus
Whenever you come on campus you must sign in using the QR code displayed at the entrance of each campus. Please use the QR code reader in your Edinburgh Napier app. Find out more on the Sign in to campus page.
Booking study space on campus – Resource Booker
To book a room, PC, lab, library space, and a range of different types of equipment, you must use Resource Booker. You must book your equipment through Resource Booker before you come on campus. Find out how to use it on our Book a PC or Study Space page.
Access all of these tools by downloading the Edinburgh Napier app – My Account
The Edinburgh Napier app will give you everything you need to register your attendance on campus and in classes (on campus and online). You can also use it to book study space on campus, access Covid-19 information, and other important changes. Find out how to download and access My Account on the IT support page.
11 January - An urgent update on changes to Trimester 2 following new Covid-19 Government guidance
The Scottish Government issued an update regarding Covid-19 on Friday which will affect how your courses are delivered. You can read the full details of the statement on the Scottish Government website.
This announcement has meant that we have had to change our plans for delivering education for Trimester 2. Here are the main changes:
- The vast majority of teaching and learning in Trimester 2 will take place online, with the exception of a few essential in-person classes, including specific practical activities and workshops. Only a very small number of courses will have some elements of in-person teaching on campus. You can view these courses on our Essential Teaching page on My Napier.
- Your timetable will be updated and our staff are working hard to make these changes now. Your updated timetables will be available this week and we are hoping for them all to be available by Wednesday evening.
- Please do not return to your term-time address if you have not yet done so. This is contrary to the advice we previously issued, but the guidance we are now receiving from the Scottish Government has meant that this must now change. Only return if you have essential face-to-face teaching or if you face issues such as mental health concerns or parental estrangement.
- If you are based outside the UK and you do not have any essential face-to-face teaching, you should start your studies online in your home country. If you have already booked your travel, you should consider first whether this can be re-arranged. If you cannot re-arrange your travel due to the cost being prohibitive, then you can continue to travel to Edinburgh. However, you should be aware of the lockdown restrictions now in force here. The Scottish Government is introducing the need to provide proof of a confirmed negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours prior to travel and there is a legal requirement for travellers from many countries to spend 10 days in self-isolation on arrival. The latest information on international travel and quarantine is available on the Scottish Government website.
- Our campuses will remain open in a limited capacity to support the essential in-person teaching taking place and our research activities. We will also open bookable study spaces for students who cannot access suitable study space, internet, or technical equipment such as computers and laptops. Our libraries will operate a limited service which will include a click and collect book service.
Postgraduate Research students can access on-campus facilities where these are essential to progress research. These students are permitted to return to Edinburgh to undertake this work.
- All exams for the 2020-21 academic year will be held online.
- We will be contacting our students living in our Student Accommodation this week to explain our new plans for leases and respond to concerns.
We know that these changes are different from what was communicated earlier this week and in December, but we are adapting to Scottish Government guidance and sharing these changes as quickly as possible.
We have extensive experience of delivering education online and we are working hard to finalise the details of how every course will run so that all programme learning outcomes are met.
We are planning to resume more in-person teaching and learning in Trimester 3, particularly for our Postgraduate Masters students. This will be dependent on Scottish Government guidance.
This situation is fluid and we will be working to add in more on-campus activities to complement online learning when Scottish Government guidance allows us to do so. We will update you with any further changes as soon as possible. Please continue to read our emails and follow our social media channels for updates.
5 January - Important update on new Covid-19 restrictions
We hope you had an enjoyable holiday and are looking forward to resuming your studies.
We appreciate the latest headlines and guidelines around Covid-19 will raise many questions and concerns and we are working closely with the Scottish Government on what this means for our University and for you.
For the moment, the plans we had in place and the instructions you received pre-Christmas closure remain in place. However, the situation remains dynamic and we may receive further guidance from the Scottish Government over the next few days. For those of you with flights and travel booked from overseas, you can travel to Edinburgh in line with international travel guidance and quarantine arrangements.
Our campuses will be open with limited services including security, cleaning and click and collect services at our libraries. Our bookable study spaces will remain open although there will be no catering provision for the next two weeks.
We remain ready to adapt to any new changes that may come into effect and you can be confident that you will be the first to know of any changes that impact your return or studies in Trimester 2.
As you will appreciate, this is a fast-changing situation but throughout it we are fully committed to ensuring we keep your education, wellbeing and safety at the forefront of any decisions we take.
14 December - Information about returning for Trimester 2 or joining us in January
As Trimester 1 draws to a close, we are already looking forward to the start of Trimester 2 in January and we are doing what we can to keep you and the Edinburgh community safe and well in the year ahead.
The Scottish Government has announced its plans for students returning to their studies or starting on a new course of study in January, and this includes asking students to only return when necessary and offering the opportunity of further testing for those changing address.
In order to manage your safe return to university we are writing to provide you with the following guidance.
Arrival and timetabled classes
Check your timetable as soon as it is available, as this will tell you your planned schedule and whether your classes will be on-campus or online or a mixture of both.
Module timetables are available from this week, although please note we are currently updating these to reflect the Government’s latest guidance, so keep checking back.
If you’re a returning student: your individual timetables will start to be issued from this week (w/c 14 December)
If you’re a new student (January start): you must first matriculate and be enrolled on your modules, which means that your individual timetable may not be available until w/c 11 January. You will still be able to work out your schedule by looking at the module timetables.
For undergraduate students with classes scheduled on campus (including external venues such as EICC): plan to return to your term-time accommodation one week before your first on-campus class to allow time for you to access asymptomatic testing. We are asking you not to arrive any earlier than this but to study online from home before you return.
For undergraduate students with no classes scheduled on campus in Trimester 2: we are advising you not to return to your term-time address until week beginning 8 February at the earliest. You do not have to tell us when you are returning but check our updates if you are planning to access asymptomatic testing on arrival in Edinburgh.
For students arriving from overseas (undergraduate and postgraduate): you should plan to complete any self-isolating required before your classes begin. Please make sure you follow international travel guidance and check for any updates from our international office.
For postgraduate students: our campuses re-open on 5 January and you are able to return from then as the Scottish Government guidance only applies to undergraduates.
You should carefully plan your arrival in Edinburgh following the guidance around travelling safely.
The Government has indicated that it will make testing available for students who have changed their household over the winter break and we will partner with the University of Edinburgh once again to offer this. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available and will let you know who will be eligible and how you may access this testing.
Be considerate to others - and keep the community safe
In order to protect those around you and in the community, the Government is asking all students who are moving to a term-time address to voluntarily reduce their social mixing for two weeks before and two weeks after returning or moving households. Please respect the wellbeing of your friends, family, and others around you and minimise the risk of further lockdowns by continuing to behave in a socially responsible manner during your stay in Edinburgh.
Returning early for health and wellbeing purposes
While we are asking you to return only when asked to do so, if you need to come back to University for health or wellbeing reasons, or because your home environment makes study difficult, or because you lack access to the technology you need to learn, you can return to your term-time address as you had planned. You do not need to ask permission from the University, but we ask you to consider whether or not it is essential for you to return early.
Services on campus
Our campuses will be open as normal from Tuesday 5 January and you can access libraries, study spaces and catering whenever you need to by booking in advance through Resource Booker. Our on-campus wellbeing and support services will also continue to be available and should also be booked in advance.
Please be aware that circumstances could change at any time as Government advice and Covid-19 regulations change so keep checking for updates through emails and social media.
8 December - Covid-19 testing dates extended
We have secured four additional dates for our end of trimester 1 Covid-19 testing programme.
You can now book to be tested on Thursday 10 December, Friday 11 December, Monday 14 December, or Tuesday 15 December.
We do not anticipate any further extension beyond this date.
If you are spending the festive break at a different address from your term time address, and do not have any Covid-19 symptoms, we highly recommend that you get this test. You can book using the Edinburgh Napier app or by visiting https://i.napier.ac.uk and clicking on "Book Your Covid-19 Test".
If you have booked a slot but have not received a confirmation email, please book again.
You should book two tests, ideally three to five days apart. Two tests are better than one, but one test is still worth getting.
These tests are only for students who do not have symptoms of Covid-19. If you have Covid-19 symptoms, you should instead contact NHS Inform.
These are lateral flow tests and are not suitable for students requiring a "fit to fly" note or those looking to travel to another country. Find out more about this in our Covid-19 testing FAQs.
The location of these additional test slots is The Pleasance Sports Complex only and will be available between 10am and 3pm.
Please dress appropriately for the weather as you may be required to wait outside the building prior to your test time and wear a face covering if you are able to.
If you test negative, please travel to the home address you are staying at during the festive period, as soon as possible.
If you have any problems booking your test, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
3 December - Important changes to Covid-19 rules when visiting our campuses and buildings
We are introducing new rules for students visiting our campuses and buildings.
It is now mandatory to wear a face covering whenever you are indoors on campus, even where two metre distancing can be maintained.
This means that you must keep your face covering on throughout your time in classrooms and workshops, as well as whenever you are anywhere else indoors on campus. You may remove your face covering if your workshop or lab work requires you to wear enhanced respiratory equipment.
You may also remove your face covering when eating in our campus canteens.
The exemptions for students who are unable to wear face covering remain in place.
These new rules have been put in place following updated guidance by the Scottish Government and remain in place while our campuses remain in tier 3. We will provide an update to you if these rules change.
Please remember that there are special circumstances when students or staff do not need to wear face coverings, so if you see someone not wearing one, remember to be respectful as they may have a very good reason for not wearing it.
If you fall into this category and would like to take part in the UK-wide Sunflower Campaign, please get in touch with Disability Inclusion at email@example.com.
23 November - Going home for the winter break? Book a rapid Covid-19 test now!
Covid-19 tests are available now – book your slot today.
If you are moving addresses for the festive break, we are now offering you free rapid Covid-19 tests.
These tests will help to protect your families, loved ones, and wider society. These Covid-19 rapid tests will be available to you on a voluntary basis across 10 consecutive days – Monday 30 November to Wednesday 9 December.
The locations of the tests are The Pleasance Sports Complex and St Leonard’s Land. Ideally, you should have two tests, between three and five days apart.
If you have any accessibility issues, please select The Pleasance Sports Complex as your chosen venue, as St Leonards Land is only accessible by stairs.
This test is only available to students who have no symptoms. If you have symptoms, please contact the NHS instead.
Click here and choose "Book your Covid-19 Test" to reserve a slot now, or book through the Edinburgh Napier app.
Please bring your mobile phone with you to the testing site to register attendance when you arrive.
If you would like to find out more information about the test and what to do if you get a positive result, please visit our Covid-19 Testing page.
19 November - Covid-19 tests are being made available for our students returning home
We know that you will be eager to find out about plans for the winter break. For many of you this will be a time when you leave your term-time address and return to a family home for the festive period.
If you are moving addresses for the festive break, we will soon be offering you the chance to have a Covid-19 test. This will help protect those you will be living with during the winter break and help reduce the transmission of Covid-19.
We have teamed up with The University of Edinburgh and will be offering you the chance to have Covid-19 tests to make your return home as safe as possible for you, your family, and wider society.
These Covid-19 "rapid" tests will be available to you on a voluntary basis across 10 consecutive days – Monday 30 November to Wednesday 9 December. Ideally, you should have two tests, between three and five days apart. Two tests are better than one, but a single test is still worth getting.
The locations of the tests are The Pleasance Sports Complex and St Leonard’s Land. If you have any accessibility issues, please select The Pleasance Sports Complex as your chosen venue, as St Leonard’s Land is only accessible by stairs.
If either test is positive, you and members of your household will need to self-isolate immediately, and you will need to get a follow-up test provided by the NHS. If that result is also positive, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days. However, due to the timing of the tests and the period of self-isolation, you will still be able to return home in time for Christmas.
If you are an international student studying with us who is planning to return to your home country for the winter break, this test will not be sufficient to be granted a "fit to fly" note to those who need them, and further guidance on this will be made available soon.
You will be able to book a test by using the Edinburgh Napier app and clicking on the tile marked “Book Covid-19 Test” or through My Napier. We will send you full details of how to book a test later this month.
It’s really important for the safety of your family and supporters that, if you are planning to travel to spend your winter break with them, you get a test. We are making this as easy as possible for you and hope that you take up the opportunity.
16 September - An important message from the Principal of Edinburgh Napier University
I am writing to you today to remind you all of the importance of following the University's rules and the Scottish Government’s laws related to Covid-19.
We have put a range of measures in place for your protection, but it is vital that you follow the rules laid out in our many communications to you, including in our most recent newsletter.
I know that many of you are complying with the rules around safe gatherings - the new 'rule of six', wearing face coverings in spaces on our campuses and in our residences, washing / sanitising hands regularly, and keeping a safe distance (2 metres) at all times from those living outwith your home group.
However, we have been made aware of a number of instances of students breaching the rules and putting themselves, their friends and others at risk.
I want to make it clear that if you do not comply with the rules we have set out, you will be subject to investigation in line with our Tenancy and/or Student Conduct Regulations and may be permanently excluded from the University.
Please remember that in addition to breaking University rules, in some instances you could also be breaking the law.
Those students who have been found to have broken these rules, which are clearly set out in our Student Charter and in Tenancy Agreements if in student accommodation, are now subject to investigation in line with our conduct procedures. This is not action we take lightly, but these rules have been put in place to protect the health and safety of our whole University community and our fellow residents in Edinburgh and the surrounding communities. And so it is vitally important that everyone in our University community complies with the rules, so that we can all be safe to learn, study and work while Scotland navigates its way through this pandemic.
I know that this year is a very strange and potentially challenging year for you, and I understand that you are excited to be studying and learning with us and meeting and making friends. But please remember that the decisions and choices you make about your behaviours affect us all. Staff have worked very hard to give you a high-quality student experience and support your learning under these challenging circumstances. Please respect their health and wellbeing as they respect yours.
I want you to have a great time at Edinburgh Napier University so let’s make sure we all work together to keep ourselves and others safe while doing so.
Andrea Nolan, Principal & Vice Chancellor
15 September - Learn what the new Covid-19 rules are – so that you don’t break them!
We hope you’re enjoying the start of trimester one and getting used to the new guidelines and safety measures that have been put in place for your protection.
As a member of our University, you have a responsibility to keep yourself up to date on, and follow, the latest Covid-19 rules and guidelines.
The Scottish Government has introduced new laws about social gatherings and it is vital that you follow them. These rules relate to social meetings, rather than attending classes or tutorials. If you do not follow the new Scottish Government guidelines you will face a fine and may be arrested.
Here is some information about the new guidelines so that you know what to do and how to keep safe.
The Rule of Six
New rules have come into place which makes large gatherings of people illegal. A gathering can now only consist of a maximum of 6 people from 2 households, both indoors and outdoors. This is a new updated rule called The Rule of Six. This includes meeting people in homes, gardens, pubs and restaurants.
If you breach these rules, you will be breaking the law. You can find out more about the latest rules on the Scottish Government website.
Remember the key health guidance – this is all in place to keep you safe:
- Maintain 2 metre social distancing at all times
- Wash your hands when you arrive at someone’s house and use a separate towel from others to dry your hands
- Use hand sanitizer regularly during your gathering
- If indoors, keep the rooms ventilated. Open the windows and keep doors open
- Try and meet outside if you can – it’s safer than inside and the weather is still OK in Scotland at the moment
- Don’t share cups, cigarettes or vaporizers
Use the new Protect Scotland app
The new Protect Scotland app has been introduced as the latest tool to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.
The free app, available now on Apple and Google stores, works in the background, using Bluetooth technology to anonymously alert people if they have been within two metres for at least 15 minutes with another app user who has tested positive for coronavirus. It also quickly alerts those you have been in close contact with if you test positive, even if those contacts are unknown to you.
Download the app and keep yourself protected: www.protect.scot or by downloading in your mobile phone app store.
Your student association, ENSA (Edinburgh Napier Students’ Association), is working with the University to produce helpful guidance videos to help you stay safe when in restaurants, bars and other social settings. Follow ENSA and Edinburgh Napier on social media to see more videos like this one.
We know that you will do all you can to protect yourself and others from the coronavirus and we would like to thank you for your support.
Together we can keep Edinburgh Napier safe for everybody.
11 September - A Day on Campus: Everything you need to know
It's nearly time for teaching to begin and we hope you're ready for the trimester ahead.
We've put in place many new services to make it safe for you to access our campuses for classes, tutorials and studying. There are important processes and practices you are required to follow when you are back on campus.
Full details are available in this week's Student Newsletter.
3 September - Everything you need to know for returning to campus
Life is very different now and for the times you are on campus, it will be different too. We have spent the summer months getting our campuses ready to welcome you in a safe and comfortable way.
We are fully compliant with all Scottish Government guidance and we are doing everything possible to make our campuses safe for you and our staff.
Full details are available in this week's Student Newsletter.
29 June - Resit exam diet details and information for students who have reassessments to sit or deferred
The reassessment/resit exam diet will take place online between Monday 27 July and Friday 7 August.
All students who have resits to take or who had deferred will be able to access the resit timetable on myNapier from Friday 3 July. You can find this information on our Exam Timetable page.
The online exams will be held on the Exam Moodle website which you will be able to access from Monday 20 July by visiting https://exams.napier.ac.uk/
You can find out more about how to access the Exam Moodle by watching our instructional video - Student Guide to Moodle Exams.
Please note that this access is only to show the modules that you have an exam paper for. Access to the contents of the exam paper will be restricted and you will only be able to access the full exam paper at the times and dates noted on the Exam Timetable on My Napier. Exam papers will only remain available until the published end/submission time for the exam.
Please make sure that when you sit your exam that you leave enough time at the end of the exam to upload your paper.
If you have any questions about your exams or this message, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
29 June - Update on Student Exchanges
I write to advise you that the University has taken the very difficult decision to cancel our student exchange activity in Trimester 1 of the coming academic year. This means your planned mobility in Trimester 1 will not take place.
I want to explain to you why we have taken this decision and what actions we are taking to minimise the disruption to your studies. We understand the decision will be very disappointing to you, as it is to us, but have taken this decision for the following reasons:
- Of upmost importance to us is your health and safety, and that responsibility for your safety includes when you are on exchange. Whilst at present we are seeing a relaxation of restrictions in the UK and in many countries overseas, there is, according to Public Health Officials, a strong likelihood of both local spikes in Covid-19 cases and a potential second wave as we enter the winter period. Therefore, there is a significant risk that students on exchange would find their studies and lives significantly disrupted as students in the previous trimester were.
- Insurance companies are no longer covering travellers for Covid-19 related claims, and therefore should students on exchange affected by a Covid-19 outbreak may not be appropriately insured. This would expose students to significant financial risks in relation to travel and health provision.
- A large number of our exchange partners overseas have already cancelled exchanges for Trimester 1 and here is a likelihood of further cancellations by partners as we progress through the summer.
- We are aware that there is still two months before most students would begin their exchange period, but you would have to be committing to your place of study now, which may include incurring significant expenses in relation to travel and accommodation. Because of this, a decision needed to be made now.
I hope this provides you with an understanding of why the University has taken this difficult decision. For Trimester 1 you should continue to engage with your studies here at Edinburgh Napier as any student on your programme who was not going on exchange. We wish to give you the opportunity to reschedule your exchange for Trimester 2, which we hope will be able to take place, particularly if further outbreaks of Covid-19 do not take place.
I would like to thank you for your understanding. This is not a situation that any of us could have foreseen just a few short months ago. Whilst we know our decision will be disappointing to many of you, we hope that you understand the reasons why it has been taken and that the University and your programme teams will be working hard to mitigate the impact of this decision on you.
12 June - Life at Edinburgh Napier from September
To all students new and returning to study on campus at Edinburgh Napier University. We know you’re excited to be joining us or returning to your studies in September, and we can’t wait to welcome you.
We have been working hard over the past few months to make sure that our campuses are ready to support your learning and we can now let you know what you can expect as new or returning students for Trimester 1. Be assured that your health, safety and wellbeing is our top priority.
First up will be Welcome Week – an opportunity to welcome those of you who are new to our community and to help returners get back into your studies and to get involved in new activities. We'll help you find all the services and information you need to succeed, from Student Wellbeing & Inclusion, to careers and academic skills. While this year will no doubt be different from usual, we'll make sure you get off to a great start.
And Welcome Week will just be the start of a programme of engaging activities we are planning. We have a dedicated team looking at a range of on-campus and virtual events to make sure you enjoy the broad student experience that you would expect – both academic and social – and that we are committed to delivering.
For your studies, we will be providing a blended learning experience, which means that some teaching will be on campus, with other aspects delivered online. Teaching will take place on campus wherever possible and we will make all modules available for remote access. This will include some pre-recorded activities, for example lectures, as well as opportunities for you to participate in group learning and real-time discussions with your lecturers and tutors.
Specialist activities held in studios, labs and workshops will take place on campus, as far as possible. If this is not possible, we will introduce alternative arrangements or reschedule for a later date to ensure you don’t miss out.
Your programme teams and leaders will be providing regular updates over the coming weeks.
We understand that even with the easing of restrictions, some of you will be unable to come on to campus and be assured that we will work with you to ensure that you receive the learning support and access to the study materials you need.
Making sure that you are safe and comfortable is our top priority and we will be putting in place a range of measures such as social distancing, hand sanitisation facilities, one-way systems, and changes to how you enter and exit campus buildings. These are all designed to make moving around as safe as possible. We will also have signs around each campus so that you can be confident of what the new rules are.
Our libraries will be open, so that you can access learning materials to help you during your studies. Our library staff will also be on hand to help and we will have dedicated study spaces available as well as various options for technical equipment to support you. There will also be a range of catering options open on campuses.
All our student wellbeing, career advice and other support services will be available to help you make the most of your time with us.
Our student accommodation will be open and available, and adapted as required to keep you safe.
The beautiful city of Edinburgh itself remains a wonderful, safe place to live and study. With a higher percentage of green space than any other city in the UK, you’ll enjoy all the benefits of a thriving capital city but with plenty of space in which to relax and chill. And its compact size means you can easily walk or cycle to get where you need to go.
Edinburgh Napier is a great place for you to develop the skills and attributes that will make you an ideal candidate for whatever career you pursue. This remains true in these uncertain times. The value of a degree remains incredibly important to ensure you will thrive in the careers and jobs of the future. We are committed to making sure that your experience is as rewarding and memorable as those who have studied with us before this pandemic.
All the staff at Edinburgh Napier are looking forward to welcoming you (back). We'll be back in touch soon with further details about September. In the meantime, take care of yourselves and keep a look out for future updates.
8 June - Autumn 2020 graduation ceremonies postponed
It is with sadness that we have to announce today that our autumn 2020 graduation ceremonies in Edinburgh's Usher Hall have been postponed due to the impact of the coronavirus.
Our graduation ceremonies are the highlight of our academic year; providing a chance for our students, their families and friends, and our staff, to all celebrate together; and it is very disappointing that this autumn's ceremonies will not be able to go ahead. This has been a difficult decision, but we have made it for the safety of our students and staff.
As with our students unable to attend ceremonies in summer 2020, we will advise you to register to graduate in absentia, and you will be offered the opportunity to attend a future celebration once it is safe to do so.
If you are due to graduate in autumn, you will be sent an email in September advising you of how to apply to graduate in absentia, so please do watch out for this message.
We know that this will come as very disappointing news but we hope that you understand that this decision could not be avoided. It is in line with the current position of the Government to postpone all large gatherings and is consistent with other universities around the country.
Our approach means that if you are due to graduate, you will still have your award conferred in the autumn, and you'll be given the opportunity to celebrate your successes with your fellow students, staff, and loved ones, on a future date. Please watch out for future communications advising you of how to go about doing this.
This news means that our summer 2020 graduates who were looking to celebrate with us later this year will also need to wait until 2021 to take part in any celebrations.
We would once again like to apologise for the disappointment this will have caused you all. We are aware that you have put in a tremendous amount of work and effort to complete your qualifications, so please do be assured that you will still have the opportunity to celebrate once these difficult times are behind us. If you have any further questions about graduations, please email email@example.com.
26 May - Information for returning students
We are fully committed to providing you with a supportive, engaging learning environment which will help you to succeed on your programme of studies. In order to do this, we are preparing for our campuses and accommodation to be open for the start of the new academic year on 7 September.
We are making our campuses safe and preparing for social distancing so that face-to-face teaching will start as soon as possible. This includes scheduling activities and on-campus delivery in a carefully managed way to meet the changing circumstances. While there is still uncertainty about the extent to which travel and work will be returning to normal, we are preparing for our teaching to be available remotely in case it proves impossible for you to be present on campus in September.
We have over 10 years' experience of delivering online programmes to students across the world. We have our own Masters in Blended and Online Learning, which has trained many of our staff in developing high quality programmes that can be taught in a hybrid approach - some face-to-face and some remotely. We are calling upon all of our expertise to give you the best possible start to your studies whether you are present on campus or studying remotely.
As well as formal 'classes' and learning spaces there will be informal ones too; some created by us and some designed by you. Together we will work with you to ensure that your online learning is stimulating, engaging and focused on building a community of learners. This hybrid approach enables us to provide you with access to remote learning, while also giving you opportunities to join virtual discussions, meetings and collaborative learning groups even if you are unable to come onto our campuses.
If your programme of study requires access to laboratories or specialist learning spaces that cannot be reproduced remotely, your programme teams will be in touch over the summer to let you know how we are planning to support you until these spaces are open again. We are making it a priority to open up these specialist spaces as soon as we are able to do so.
Our plans, of course, depend on how government advice and health guidance changes between now and September - the Scottish Government is issuing updates every three weeks. Because circumstances will continue to change over the coming weeks and months, please keep checking your email. We will continue to update you at regular intervals.
If you have any further questions that relate specifically to your course, please get in touch with your programme leader.
Meantime, we wish you good health and we look forward to you welcoming you back at the start of the academic year on 7 September.
13 May - Start date for Trimester 1 of academic year 2020/21
To all students new and returning to study on campus at Edinburgh Napier University. We are writing to update you on plans for the start of the new academic year in September.
First of all, the start date is unchanged. We will be ready to welcome you for the start of the new academic year on Monday 7 September as planned. This will be the start date for all new and all returning students.
We are currently working across the University to ensure that our teaching and learning will be provided in a safe and welcoming environment. As we continue to adapt to this pandemic we are shaping our delivery to ensure that all students will be fully part of our Edinburgh Napier community, whether here in Edinburgh with us, or elsewhere in the world and joining us a little later in the academic year when circumstances allow.
We will be open to teach in September and whilst this may mean we change the format or order of our teaching our academic qualities will be as excellent as ever. It is most likely that we will be adopting a blended approach to teaching with some on campus face to face teaching (observing careful social distancing) and some virtual activities. We are in very regular contact with Scottish Government and with colleagues across the university sector and the situation is changing almost on a daily basis.
At the time of writing we are unable to tell precisely how our campuses and facilities will be operating but rest assured we are doing all we can to provide you with the best possible student experience next academic year.
We will update you on developments so please keep checking your University email, our social media channels, and My Napier, on a regular basis. In the meantime, keep safe and well, and we look forward to working with you from Monday 7 September.
20 April - Trimester 2 Exams - Check that you have access to the Exam Paper server
Please note: This message is for all students normally based on our Scottish campuses and Global Online students who are sitting trimester 2 exams.
As the University is now running all scheduled exams online, it is important that all of our students sitting exams now check that they can access the exams they are planning to sit.
If you are sitting trimester 2 exams, please log in to the Moodle Exams server to check that you have access to the correct exams. You will have access to the server from Monday 20 April, but please note that this access is only to show the modules that you have an exam paper for. Access to the contents of the exam paper will be restricted and you will only be able to access the full exam paper at the times and dates noted on the Exam Timetable on My Napier. Exam papers will only remain available until the published end/submission time for the exam.
Watch our Student Guide to Moodle Exams video to help you with this process.
If you have any queries, please first check the Exam webpages. If you cannot see an exam paper listed on the site for an exam that you are expecting to sit, or have any difficulties in accessing the Moodle Exams server, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you and good luck!
16 April - Change to Trimester 2 results publication date
The impact of the coronavirus has led the University to make significant changes to how examinations and assessments take place. This has been done with the safety of students and staff in mind, as well as protecting the integrity of the qualifications you are all working towards achieving.
As with other universities and colleges around the UK, the impact of Covid-19 has meant that we have had to change the way that examinations are held, marked, and verified. As a result, we have to inform you that there will be a delay in the publication of your results and they will now be released on Thursday 9 July instead of Monday 22 June.
We know that you will be eager to find out how you have performed, and this decision has only been taken after careful consideration. We are sorry that this delay is necessary and thank you for your understanding in this matter.
If you have any questions about exams, please review our FAQs on My Napier and if these don’t provide the answer, contact email@example.com.
Please continue to read your emails, Edinburgh Napier app notifications, and our social media channels for updates, and view all of our up to date information about the coronavirus at My Napier.
3 April - Summer 2020 graduation ceremonies postponed
It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce that our summer 2020 graduation ceremonies in Edinburgh's Usher Hall are to be postponed due to the impact of the coronavirus. Graduation ceremonies are the highlight of our academic year but we have taken this difficult decision for the safety of our students and staff.
If you were due to graduate this summer, you should register to graduate in absentia, and you will be given the opportunity to return, if you wish, to attend our autumn graduations and celebrate with your family and friends.
You will be sent an email advising you of how to apply to graduate in absentia, so please do watch out for this message.
We know that this will come as very disappointing news but we hope that you understand that this decision could not be avoided. It is in line with the current position of the UK Government to postpone all large gatherings and is consistent with other universities around the country.
Our approach means that if you are due to graduate, you will still have your award conferred in the summer, and you’ll be given the opportunity to celebrate your successes with your fellow students, staff, and loved ones, on a future date. Please watch out for future communications advising you of how to go about doing this.
We would once again like to apologise for the disappointment this will have caused you all. We are aware that you have put in a tremendous amount of work and effort to complete your qualifications, so please do be assured that you will still have the opportunity to celebrate once these difficult times are behind us.
If you have any further questions about graduations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
31 March - Extensions, deferral of assessments, extenuating circumstances and academic appeals procedures
We understand that exams can be a time of stress and anxiety, and given the current Coronavirus situation, there may be increased levels of stress and anxiety surrounding upcoming assessments.
The University has been contacted by students who are understandably concerned about their upcoming exams and assessments, so we are sharing with you the latest guidance on extensions, deferrals, and a range of other policies in this area.
The key thing to remember is that no student will be academically disadvantaged as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic with regard to final assessment marks and classification of awards.
Find out what the latest guidance is on deferrals, extensions, and a range of other academic policies on our Extenuating Circumstances page.
Please be aware that, among other measures, we will do the following to ensure that no students are disadvantaged in these difficult times:
- Compare module results from previous cohorts and look to positively adjust overall module marks where there is any notable difference in performance
- If you are due to have your award classification determined, we are in the process of reviewing the degree classification calculation in terms of the weighting placed on modules undertaken this trimester.
Edinburgh Napier University is committed to ensuring that our academic standards are maintained so that students can be confident that their degrees will hold their quality and be valued in the future.
Visit our Extenuating Circumstances page to find out more about the latest guidance, what the University is doing to help, and who you should get in touch with if you have further concerns.
Please be aware that we are experiencing a high volume of enquiries at the moment and we appreciate your patience as we seek to respond to everyone as soon as possible.
24 March - Ending your lease with 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: email@example.com
- Slateford Road: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bainfield (Braid Hill and Blackford): email@example.com
- Bainfield (Craiglockhart and Castle Rock): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bainfield (Corstorphine, Calton Hill and Arthur's Seat): email@example.com
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.
20 March - Update on 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 March - Changes to assessments and examinations
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.
Please visit the Exams page for the latest update on assessments and examinations.
19 March - Further update on 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any other queries, please contact email@example.com
17 March - Update on 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.
16 March - All face-to-face teaching cancelled immediately
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 Edinburgh Napier app notifications, and on My Napier. 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 March - Information on changes due to Covid-19
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 suspended 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 Edinburgh Napier app notifications, and on My Napier.
- 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 Edinburgh Napier app notifications, and on My Napier.
- 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 My Napier, 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.