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International Operations

International Operations is focused on growing the University’s international profile through increasing the number of international students in Edinburgh and growing our programmes delivered overseas. Activity is undertaken by our five teams:

  • International Recruitment
  • International Marketing, Intelligence and Support
  • International Programmes
  • English as a Foreign Language (EFL)
  • Global Online


Naomi Graham, Assistant Principal International, is responsible for leading the team and the strateg​ic direction of the University’s international activities. She works closely with senior colleagues across the University to deliver Edinburgh Napier’s Internationalisation Strategy.

If you have any questions or comments on the Internationalisation Strategy, please contact Naomi on n.graham@napier.ac.uk or extension 3209.

International Recruitment

The International Recruitment team’s focus is on the promotion of the University overseas and the delivery of the new International Recruitment Strategy across eight regions:

  • Africa (Sub Sahara)
  • Americas and Caribbean
  • Asia Pacific and Oceania
  • China
  • Europe and Eurasia
  • Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
  • South Asia
  • South East Asia

We work closely​ with sch​ools to drive recruitment from target markets across all levels of study.

We regularly travel abroad for student recruitment and conversion events, and partner and agent visits. Our travel calendar of recruitment events is availab​le on our Visits to your country page. To find out about our other overseas visits, please get in touch using the contact details below.

In addition to our team in Edinburgh, we have staff based overseas in four locations – China (Beijing), India (Hyderabad), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) and Nigeria (Abuja).

If you have any questions about our recruitment strategy or activities, please contact one of our International Partnership Managers:

International Marketing, Intelligence and Support

The International Marketing, Intelligence and Support team is responsible for three areas.

International marketing

Support international recruitment and conversion through online and digital marketing campaign​s and market-specific resources. Also develop the Edinburgh Napier Global brand and all associated marketing activities for the University’s transnational education (TNE) initiatives overseas.


Market intelligence

Undertake market research to support the International Recruitment Strategy and the development of new TNE programmes, empowering the International Recruitment team and schools to reach their targets through regular and accurate market intelligence.


Administrative support

Provide administrative support to International Operations to ensure the smooth running of the team.


If you would like to know more, please contact Dawn Munro, International Marketing Manager, on d.munro@napier.ac.uk or extension 3225.

International Programmes

The International Programmes team work closely with academic colleagues to support the development and delivery of transnational education (TNE) programmes in locations such as Hong Kong, Singapore and China. The University currently has over 4,500 students studying these programmes, and plans to grow this activity. Our new Online and TNE Strategy outlines our future plans in this area.

We provide support and advice on the development of new TNE programmes, as well as providing full administrative support for all current TNE programmes.

For further information, please contact Jane Gregson, International Programmes Manager, on j.gregson@napier.ac.uk or extension 4267.

English as a Foreign Language

The English as a Foreign Language (EFL) team offer pre-sessional courses designed to improve prospective students’ English language skills, and prepare them for UK academic culture and life in Edinburgh. We do this by offering a range of courses including short four-, six- and eight-week pre-sessional programmes, and eight- and twelve-month long English courses. 

We also help schools organise credit- and non-credit-bearing short courses and summer schools tailored to suit different needs and requirements, for example to:

  • respond to an overseas organisation’s request
  • engage in international student activities
  • enhance relationships with existing partners
  • increase student numbers enrolled on a programme (intensive, credit-bearing courses)

If you would like to find out more, please contact Megan Blakemore on m.blakemore@napier.ac.uk​ or extension 4455.

Global Online

The Global Online team supports schools with the development, delivery and enhancement of global online programmes across the University. With over 1,200 students studying global online programmes, a key objective of the Online and TNE Strategy is to extend the number of programmes across the University.


The team has two areas of responsibility – supporting the development and enhancement of global online, and supporting the delivery.


For further information, please contact Aileen Sibbald, Global Online Enhancement Lead, on am.sibbald@napier.ac.uk or extension 4507.​​​​​​​