Festivals & Events at Edinburgh Napier University

Meet our team


Since this site was created a wide variety of students have contributed to its development, both undergraduates and Masters. Thank you to everyone who’s played a part in our work here! We will update this page as we get nearer to different projects involving current students. Please check back for more.


Jane Ali-Knight


Jane Ali-Knight is a founding member and Director of the Edinburgh Institute: Festivals, Events and Tourism (EIFET) at Edinburgh Napier University. EIFET’s core activities fall into three main areas:

  • event and festival related programmes
  • research and publications
  • seminars, events and professional development activity.

She has published widely in the areas of festival and event marketing and management and is currently working on a University funded research project looking at the effectiveness of blogs as a marketing communication channel for festivals and events.

Jane has lived in Edinburgh since 2002 and this is her second sojourn into the world of blogging. She wrote and co-edited the 2014 World War I blog that Edinburgh Napier used to cover related events at that year’s Book Festival. Feel free to contact her on j.ali-knight@napier.ac.uk.


David Jarman

JarmanDavid Jarman is the programme leader of Edinburgh Napier’s undergraduate BA (Hons) International Festival & Event Management. The course is over ten years old and has collaborated with many events across Edinburgh and Scotland. From student work placements to projects and research, there are always opportunities to engage with the staff and students. David co-edited the 2014 World War I blog with Jane, involving students and Edinburgh Napier colleagues in coverage of that year’s Book Festival events.

If you would like to know more about getting involved, please contact David on d.jarman@napier.ac.uk. David has lived in Edinburgh since 1997, working for the Festival Fringe Society, Fringe venues and other festivals before joining the university in 2007.