The long running Polymer Study Tour at Edinburgh Napier University has been revamped taking in to account the feedback from teachers in previous years. The first day covers the basics of the structure, properties, applications and processing of polymers and the focus of the second day is industry visits.

In 2021 The Edinburgh Napier Polymer Study Tour will be on Sunday 20 and Monday 21 June.

What will the course cover?

The Edinburgh course generally takes place on Sunday and Monday so you only need to take one day out of schools and the typical timetable shown here.

Day 1 - Sunday
1230                   Arrival at Edinburgh Napier University, Merchiston Campus
1245                   Welcome and introductions
1300                   Polymer Materials, Processing and Applications
1400                   Comfort break
1415                   Polymer workshop – make and break!
1700                   Depart to Pollock Halls, check in and freshen up
1915                   Course dinner

Day 2 - Monday
0800                   Coach departs Pollock Halls
0900                   INEOS, Grangemouth
1130                   DS Smith Packaging, Livingston
1230                   Lunch
1430                   Rosti Automotive, Larkhall
1500                   How you can use what you have learnt
1530                   Feedback discussion
1600                   Depart Larkhall
1715                   Arrive back at Pollock Halls and course closes


Where will the course be held?

On Sunday you should make your way to Edinburgh Napier University’s Merchiston Campus and the School of Engineering and the Built Environment.

Edinburgh Napier University
10 Colinton Rd, Edinburgh EH10 5DT.
You can find out more about the university at and the phone number is 0131 455 2461.

After the formal sessions have concluded we will move across to the Pollock Halls where we have arranged bed and breakfast accommodation.  If for any reason you do not require overnight accommodation, please let us know as soon as possible.

Pollock Halls
18 Holyrood Park Rd, Edinburgh EH16 5AY
You can find out more about the accommodation at

All refreshments and meals will be provided so please let us know of any dietary requirements iwhen you book.

If you are travelling by public transport, we will store your bags securely.

What about travel arrangements?

Edinburgh is well served by a variety of transport networks, affording easy access from within Scotland and other parts of the UK.  As a city centre university, we are particularly easy to get to if you arrive in the City centre by train or bus.

BY TRAIN or BUS  Trains come into Edinburgh Waverley Station, and buses and coaches to the nearby St Andrews Square.  Merchiston Campus is quickly reached from there by local service bus from Princes Street or by taxi.

DRIVING       Edinburgh is well connected to the UK road and motorway network, but in some areas parking is limited.  Both Merchiston Campus and Pollock Halls are within the controlled parking zone and so parking is only permitted in specified places and on payment of the appropriate fee.  Pollock Halls has its own parking spaces and as a resident you can ask for a visitor’s permit.

FLYING         Edinburgh International Airport has regular scheduled services to many UK and International destinations.  If you decide to fly to Edinburgh, you can get the Airport Bus which will drop you off at the West End (of Princes Street) or outside the Waverley train station on Waverley Bridge.  Alternatively, you can take the tram which also goes along Princes Street.  From the City Centre you can take the bus or a taxi direct to the University.


Register now to attend the 2021 Polymer Study Tour at Edinburgh Napier University.