EIC Student Conference – International Students in Industry

The innaugural International Students in Industry conference was hosted by EIC at the end of March, and welcomed students from EIC and Edinburgh Napier to listen to invited speakers talk about their move from overseas to study and work in Edinburgh.

The speakers ranged in specialisation and background but all spoke inspiringly about the difficulties and triumphs of being a successful foreign national in their respective industry.

Edinburgh Napier Students Association sabbatical Officer and former EIC student, Elman Rahman, spoke of his new-found passion for politics and his future plans when he comes to the end of his sabbatical position. Celestina Omo-Oshikoya told her story of a young woman from Nigeria desperate to travel and to learn, who completed a Masters at Edinburgh Napier and made sure she had the skills employers in the UK wanted because she loved Edinburgh and wanted to continue to call it home. She is now employed in the Public Service Health & Social Care service in Edinburgh.

The breakout sessions with the Edinburgh Napier University Employability and Opportunity team, led by Iona Nicolson, were very well received, and focussed on searching for part-time jobs during studies, and gave tips on job searching for postgraduate positions. EIC’s Academic Manager, Marco Rossi, delivered a staff-directed breakout session on culture shock which gave a real insight into the difficulties that international students may face when moving a  new country to study.

Feedback was very positive, with EIC student Sophie Obuseli, the student lead, being asked multiple times ‘when will the next conference be?’ Soon, we promise!


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Former EIC student and current Edinburgh Napier Students Association Officer Elman Rahman addressing Conference guests


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Iona Nicholson from the Edinburgh Napier University Employability and Opportunity team chats to students 
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Marco Rossi, Academic Services Manager at EIC
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Student feedback was excellent
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Student Services Officer, Alicia Cope, was vital in supporting the students with the Conference

Avengers – ASSEMBLE (in Edinburgh)

The Avengers has been a global smash

Fresh from being a magnificent backdrop in Danny Boyle’s T2: Trainspotting Edinburgh has opened her beautiful city gates to the cast and crew of mega American franchise, Avengers.

A six week filming schedule for the new Avengers: Infinity War movie is estimated to generate more than £10m for Edinburgh.

It is the largest and most complex shoot ever to film in historic Old Town and other locations in the capital’s city centre. More than 400 crew have been working on the project, which started in the city on Wednesday.

The production’s first schedule with cast in the city will be in mid-April.
Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Paul Bettany. Keep your eyes peeled – there’s a prize for the best selfie!

Avengers is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. Mr Russo said: “When Edinburgh came up as a location option we jumped at the chance. The city is such a unique and iconic location, but one never seen as the backdrop for a big action film, which is incredibly exciting.

“We appreciate the entire city’s help and are excited to have such a beautiful and historic city in the film.”

Waverley Train Station has been transformed for filming.

Be a virtual tourist to Scotland – thanks to Edinburgh Napier

Scotland’s most stunning sights have been given global exposure in a virtual travel app created by Edinburgh Napier expertise.

People across the world can now instantly walk through the prehistoric Orkney village of Skara Brae, soar high above Edinburgh Castle or journey into the depths of The Hollow Mountain of Ben Cruachan from the comfort of their own home.

The ScotlandVR app – a ground-breaking virtual reality travel experience which immerses web users in Scotland’s remarkable attractions – was launched recently by tourism body VisitScotland.


Featuring state-of-the art 360˚ imagery and footage, users start their journey in a virtual glen complete with mooing Highland Cow, crackling fire and bellowing stag. From there, they can jump into a map of Scotland and experience 26 unique attractions covering every part of the country.

The whole environment can be experienced in Stereoscopic 3D when used with a Google Cardboard virtual reality headset, or in 360˚ view using gyroscope technology in phone mode. Future phases of the software will see new attractions added through refreshed content.

The landmark locations in the launch app were chosen from criteria including footfall, product diversity, online searches and links to the current 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, said: “A team from Edinburgh Napier University developed the concept for this app, which demonstrates the pioneering spirit and ingenuity of Scotland’s academic, technology and tourism sectors.”

Fiona Hyslop, MSP


ScotlandVR is available to download from Google Play and Apple Stores.

For more information, visit www.visitscotland.com/app



Scotland – go explore!

We cannot stress enough how awesome parts of Scotland are. Edinburgh is one of the major cities, but in a few hours you can be stomping about the Highlands in absolutely sensational scenery. The Highlands are a playground for adventure fans, mountain bikers, hill-walkers, or just those who want to sit beside a Loch and look for a Monster.

Go and make a coffee and take a few minutes out of your day to watch this, filmed on the Isle of Skye. 4mins 14 is UNREAL.

Visiting Edinburgh: A Navitas Staff perspetive

As mentioned last week, we are fortunate enough at the University to be able to host visitors from around the world for tours, conferences and events. Last April, EIC and Edinburgh Napier held their first Agent Conference, and we welcomed Navitas staff and agents to the campus to share with them what we do, and show them a little bit more about student life in this fair city.

Today’s perspective comes from Catherine Jefferies.

Hi, I am Catherine Jefferies and I am UK Regional Account Manager for Navitas UK, based in London.


Every chance I get to go to Edinburgh I jump at. Last year I was lucky enough to be invited to Edinburgh Napier University & EIC’s agent conference.

We were met with a welcome reception with the University vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrea Nolan, and the Navitas Europe CEO, Paul Lovegrove. From there an old-fashioned double-decker bus took us on a tour of the city. We sat at the top of the open-air bus, and although it was a cold day (snow on the mountains in the background!) it was well worth it! From the old buildings and cobbled streets to the castle and Arthur’s Seat beyond.

That evening we were taken out for some traditional Scottish food – haggis and tatties of course! And even sampled the delights of traditional Scottish dancing.

The following day we were taken to the university campus – impressive modern buildings with very friendly and approachable lecturers. I was most impressed by the Health Sciences facilities – in the labs we had a go at extracting DNA from strawberries.

It was a great event, and I cannot wait to return to Edinburgh!

Catherine enjoyed the bus tour. So much to take pictures of!
Catherine gets in the mood for some golf.
Extracting DNA from strawberries with our life-sciences faculty.


Visiting Edinburgh: a Nigerian perspective

We are fortunate enough at the University to be able to host visitors from around the world for tours, conferences and events. Last April, EIC and Edinburgh Napier held their first Agent Conference, and we welcomed Navitas staff and agents to the campus to share with them what we do, and show them a little bit more about student life in this fair city.

We’ve asked a few people who came to tell us about their time. We start today with Kelechi Ekpemu, who works for one of our key partners, TG Marchnata in Nigeria.

Hi, I am Kelechi Ekpemu from Nigeria; I attended the first Destination Edinburgh International Agent Conference in 2016.


This was my first trip to the United Kingdom and I was super excited. My expectations were very high. I was looking forward to seeing what the Capital of Scotland looked like. On arrival as I expected, I was warmly welcomed at the airport. On my way to the hotel, I kept on smiling as I beheld a very beautiful city indeed.

We had a well-planned Itinerary. We visited all three campuses at Craiglockhart, Sighthill and Merchiston, which have state of the art facilities.

It wasn’t all about the University though! I had been looking forward to the Ceilidh Dance and it was great fun. We also climbed up the Arthurs Seat, played golf, had the Scotch Whisky experience too and went on a bus tour round the city. OMG, I wasn’t going to forget the meals! Edinburgh is a very cultural city with lots of different meals beautifully prepared.

Edinburgh is the one tourist destination I would definitely visit again and again.

Post-golf posing!
Setting off up Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano in the middle of the city
The Edinburgh Bus Tour collected our visitors from the Craiglockhart Campus

Meet the locals

There’s nothing Edinburgh likes more than talking about itself. You might have noticed that on this blog…

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But as much as we love our mega famous city-born celebs like Sean Connery, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Chris Hoy, have a look at this link to read a bit more from those who live here and why they love it.


For example, here’s Michelin-starred chef Martin Wishart talking about his love for Edinburgh.


Martin Wishart is an award-winning chef and restaurateur, who in 1999 established his eponymous Edinburgh restaurant. Situated in the historic port area of Leith, it was awarded a Michelin star in 2001, and has retained this accolade every year since. Following this success, Martin established a sister restaurant at Cameron House Hotel in Loch Lomond this success, which in turn received a Michelin Star in 2011. His most recent venture is The Honours, a contemporary brasserie in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town.

When I hear the words ‘This Is Edinburgh’, the first thing that springs to mind is…
When I hear the words ‘This Is Edinburgh’, the first thing that springs to mind is a vibrant, historic, fun and a very exiting city to live in and to visit. Edinburgh offers a magnificent spread of old and new combinations. There is also lots of things to see and do. Edinburgh Festivals in the summer, rugby weekends and of course, Hogmanay.  Where else would you like to be?

What makes you proud to live and work in the city?
I love the friendliness of people in Edinburgh.  I am so proud to belong to this unique city and always happy to show people around or to enjoy it myself with my family and friends. I also love working in Edinburgh, it’s a city that has it all without being too big, you’re just so close to the sea, the mountains.  It’s a perfect place to get fantastic fresh ingredients for me to cook with, such fish, shellfish, game and wonderful beef.

A perfect Day in Edinburgh ends with….
A perfect day in Edinburgh ends with a nice meal in one of the many restaurants that the city offer – followed by a pub crawl in the Grassmarket and Royal Mile. Couple of personal favourite Edinburgh pubs are Kay’s Bar and The Canny Man. I also really rate Blackfriars, a great place for a drink, but also the restaurant is really worth a visit.

Edinburgh still surprises me when…
Edinburgh still surprises me every day. Wherever you are in the city centre, you’re surrounded with things to look at and appreciate. The dominating presence of the Castle on the volcanic rocks, the unique New Town architecture and the great advantage of being near the sea, Edinburgh is packed with drama.

Where are your favourite places to eat and drink in the city-centre?

When it comes to eating out, we are spoiled for choice in Edinburgh no matter what your budget. Artisan Roast serves terrific coffee, while the delicious Turkish-Mediterranean cuisine at Café Truva on the Royal Mile is ideal for a quick, light lunch. For fish and shellfish it has to be a visit to Ondine in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town.  And of course – I have to recommend The Honours for a night out and meal with friends! You have not tried the best meat in Scotland until you’ve tried a rib-eye steak perfectly cooked on our fantastic Josper grill. Delicious.

As a local my hidden gem that most visitors to Edinburgh may miss is…
If I’m in need a nice bottle of wine, the only place to go is Raeburn Fine Wines in Stockbridge where you can find rare and excellent wines.


Scotland and Post-Study Work – where are things at?

Scotland has a long history with immigration and we’ve made it pretty clear over the last few years that we firmly believe in the long-term benefits of a post-study work system for international graduates of our universities and colleges. It all kicked off initially in 2004 wih the launch of the ‘Fresh Talent Initiative’ which was launched by the then First Minister, Jack McConnell as a way of arrested a declining population.

Alas, Fresh Talent was subsumed by Westminster in 2008 when the Government brought in Points Based Immigration.

HOWEVER, a pretty heavy campaign has been brewing to expand post-study work rights for international students in Scotland over the last two years. It culminated early this year with formal proposals to the UK government to extend additional post-study work rights to foreign graduates in Scotland and although the British government have rejected those proposals, The Scottish Parliament has since continued to lobby for change. There’s a clear view among educators, political parties, and Scottish businesses that the current visa policy has had a significant negative economic impact in Scotland.

It’s actually pretty interesting, and there’s lots to think about as we continue to push for change. You can read the full article below.


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Gratuitous Edinburgh sunset shot

Where is the best city to study?

London topped the UK list of best cities to study….

We were chatting in the office earlier in the week about how students decide on where they want to study. Obviously some will have had family who have been to a particular country or city before, but if that student hasn’t travelled overseas, what will make them pick a particular city to spend several years of their life in?

And then we spied this news article about where students think is best to study, globally.


…But Edinburgh came second. We’ll take that!

After London, Edinburgh is second best in the UK for students, according to the research. The others are below. How many have you been to?

  1. Montreal
  2. Paris
  3. London
  4. Seoul
  5. Melbourne
  6. Berlin
  7. Tokyo
  8. Boston
  9. Munich
  10. Vancouver
  11. Hong Kong and Toronto
  12. Sydney
  13. Singapore
  14. Zurich
  15. Vienna
  16. Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe
  17. Edinburgh
  18. New York
  19. Brisbane
  20. Taipei
  21. Canberra
  22. Barcelona
  23. Manchester
  24. Shanghai

My Edinburgh Napier: Confident Futures


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Hello. We are April Edwards and Dave Jarrold – the Confident Future and Employability Consultants for Edinburgh Napier Business School.

We provide students with an exciting range of personal and professional skills development workshops that are highly valued by industry, to enhance their chances of being successful in their studies, work and life. Our workshops will equip students to:

  • be more successful in their academic studies
  • achieve their full potential by developing their employability
  • increase their competitive edge with employers and
  • successfully transit into work

Between us we have six years’ experience of working at Edinburgh Napier University and particularly enjoy working with such a diverse student body, at all levels from pre-entry to alumni.

We’re part of a much bigger team, called Employability and Opportunities which means that as well as delivering our workshops, we get to work with our colleagues in Academic Skills Support, Careers and Employer Relations, to provide students with a range of employability enhancement related activities e.g. Careers Festivals, Employer Events and Conferences. Click HERE to see current events taking place at the Business School

We both love Edinburgh, so we would encourage students to make the most of every opportunity on offer. There’s so much to see, do and experience from clubs and pubs, to restaurants, theatres, galleries and museums, and of course the view of the city from Arthur’s Seat on a clear day is incredible! But don’t restrict yourself to the city…go beyond, to the highlands and you’ll find a stillness there like no other!

We would also remind students that they don’t have to do all this alone. They can join the Edinburgh Napier Student’s Association (ENSA) and get involved with clubs, groups and societies for a fast track way to make new friends.

Our final advice? Spend a good deal of time navigating our student portal – MyNapier…It’s a ‘one stop shop’ for everything a student will need to know in their first few months and year/s.

Thank you for taking the time to read about us. We look forward to meeting and working with your students.

April & Dave