16 Apr The Edinburgh Napier Fund

Edinburgh Napier University is committed to delivering an exceptional, personalised student experience.

One way in which we achieve this is through supporting our students in pursuing opportunities that enhance their core learning and provide a range of academic, personal and professional benefits.

The Napier Fund provides awards to students to help them participate in activities such as work placements and live projects, international exchanges, business start-up support, research field trips, and volunteering.

Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrea Nolan, has a vision for the future that every single student will be given the chance to study abroad as well as the opportunity to gain relevant work experience to increase their competitive advantage in the work place.

The Napier Fund supports students where a financial barrier prevents them from taking up these opportunities.

Our students are both resourceful and proactive. We encourage them to demonstrate initiative and imagination in the activities that they pursue.

Recent projects have included:

  • A nursing student setting up a single mother fund in Tanzania to help lone mothers with crippling costs while their child is in hospital.
  • A community-based football project for Edinburgh primary school children to encourage participation in sport, team working and confidence building.

We are increasingly seeing a ripple effect where a relatively small amount of funding gives tangible benefits across the wider community.

Neil, a Creative Computing student, received funding to travel to Cambodia to develop a mobile application, Attis, to help farmers.

He worked in partnership with the Food and Agricultural Organisation of Cambodia to tackle hunger and improve living conditions for this rural population.

Attis provides up-to-date and reliable information on weather forecasts, crops, soil types and growing conditions. It also offers a messaging service for farmers to connect with agricultural experts.

“This project has been life-changing for me. I have met people of different professional and financial circumstances and it is really powerful seeing technology that we take for granted being used in a way that could change people’s lives.”

Each year demand for these awards far exceeds available funds. We would ask you to consider supporting the Napier Fund to help us ensure that financial hardship is not a barrier to our students’ ambition, innovation and achievement.


This project enhances the learning experience by supporting innovative student projects, elite athletes and research.

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