Edinburgh Napier University Business School
One of the largest business schools in Scotland, Edinburgh Napier University Business School has around 8,000 students receiving tuition on-campus, online, at partner Scottish Colleges, or at one of its overseas partner institutions, and offers a wide range of internationally recognised part-time and full-time degrees in business and management subjects at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level.
The Business School believes in creating an international community of practice where people are given every opportunity to achieve their full potential, and seeks to ensure that it continues to provide a relevant portfolio of education that meets the needs of society and the economy, employers (regionally, nationally, and internationally) and learners. The Business School's background as a professionally-oriented business school influences its focus on practice, its engagement with employers and business, and its commitment to a student learning environment that integrates academic theory with work-related experiences. A ‘focus on practice’ is at the centre of everything it does: there is a strong foundation of practice-based provision within the Business School and it has strong links with industry and commerce, developed over past decades. A number of programmes at undergraduate and master’s level have work-based learning in their structures, with many incorporating Live Projects or similar, and the Business School encourages students to take up internships and work experience opportunities outside the curriculum. Relationships with private, public and third sector employers play a vital role in informing programme development, and there is a strong programme of visiting lectures from industry practitioners across the School’s portfolio. The Business School also works closely with professional bodies to maintain accreditation of a range of Business School programmes by relevant professional, statutory and regulatory bodies, as this provides an excellent measure of its impact and success in integrating a focus on practice into its provision.
The Business School is committed to internationalisation and delivers degrees overseas in partnership with a range of institutions in India, Singapore, Switzerland, China and Hong Kong. Over the course of the past 25 years, the Business School has developed its international presence and activities substantially to the point where more than 3,500 students now study on its programmes overseas.
The Business School is committed to enhancing its academic reputation, and has agreed a target for 2020 to double the size of its submission for REF. The School is also currently working towards AACSB accreditation.