University of Bolton

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University of Bolton
University of Bolton logo.svg
Established 2004 - gained University Status
1982 - Bolton Institute of Higher Education
Type Public
Endowment £160,000[1]
Chancellor Patricia Morris, Baroness Morris of Bolton
Vice-Chancellor George Holmes
Administrative staff
Students 9,251[1]
Undergraduates 7,731[1]
Postgraduates 1,520[1]
Location Bolton, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
Coordinates: 53°34′25″N 2°26′9″W / 53.57361°N 2.43583°W / 53.57361; -2.43583
Campus Urban
Colours Gold, navy blue
Affiliations Million+

The University of Bolton (formerly Bolton Institute of Higher Education or simply Bolton Institute) is a public university in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England. It has approximately 14,000 students across all sites and courses, with 700 academic and professional staff. Around 70% of its students come from Bolton and the North West region.

The Times newspaper profile states: ‘The university sees itself as a regional institution, with around three quarters of the students coming from the North West, many through partner colleges.’[3]


Chancellor's Building

Bolton Institute of Higher Education was formed in 1982 by the merger of the Bolton Institute of Technology (or simply Bolton Institute) and Bolton College of Education (Technical).

Bolton Institute was awarded the right to award taught degrees in 1992, with the powers to award research degrees in 1995.

In April 2004, the institute was awarded university status with immediate effect. The institution then set about searching for a new name to match its university status. A long consultation period considered many titles, including 'Bolton University', 'Bolton Institute University', 'West Pennines University', 'Bolton Metropolitan University' and 'Bolton Leverhulme University', before announcing 'University of Bolton' as the new title on 2 September 2004. The title was approved by the Privy Council on 27 January 2005 and officially adopted.

Locations and facilities[edit]

There is an urban campus at Deane Street, Bolton, and two halls of residence. There is a campus in Ras Al Khaima, United Arab Emirates.

Growth and future plans[edit]

Since being granted university status, the University of Bolton has undergone several changes. In 2008 an £8 million building programme was completed, including an £1.7 million specialist teaching centre for the University’s creative courses. £2.5 million was also spent on improvements to Library facilities.

The university has recently been successful in winning Government approval for a £10 million University Technical College on campus. It will be built as a state of the art new building on the former Holts Mill site. Bolton University Technical College will focus on Health Sciences and Engineering Technologies and it will provide a clear line of sight towards employment and higher learning. The presence of a newly built UTC will no doubt add further dramatic enhancement to the estates of the University.

Bolton One[edit]

Bolton One building on University campus

The Bolton One facility is a £31 million, three-way partnership with Bolton Council and NHS Bolton situated on the University's campus. The University has contributed around £7 million to the development. The purpose built centre houses new health, science and sports teaching and research facilities - as well as a sports complex.[4]

International presence[edit]

A Bolton University Campus in United Arab Emirates

The University has a campus in Ras al-Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates and established international links with a number of overseas academic establishments in Germany, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Malawi and Greece.[citation needed]

In December 2011, the University of Bolton launched its campus in Colombo, Sri Lanka,[5] in partnership with the KES Group of Institutions.

Academic profile[edit]

The university has three academic faculties and five research centres.

Academic faculties
  • Faculty of Advanced Engineering and Sciences
  • Faculty of Arts and Media Technologies
  • Faculty of Well Being and Social Sciences
Research centres
  • Business, Logistics and Information Systems Research Centre
  • Institute of Materials Research and Innovation
  • Institute of Renewable Energy and Environmental Technologies
  • Institute for Educational Cybernetics
  • Centre for Research Health and Wellbeing

Reputation and rankings[edit]

(2015, national)
The Guardian[7]
(2015, national)
Times/Sunday Times[8]
(2015, national)

The 2013 Guardian University League tables and the 2013 Complete University Guide both ranked the University of Bolton last in the UK, but its position has improved slightly in the 2014 rankings.

As well as offering research opportunities, Masters and PhD degree, it is known for its vocationally focused and industry-relevant taught degree programmes. Among its most popular courses are its Business and Media programmes. The Times states: ‘The university is not research-driven, but engineering, architecture and the built environment, social work and social policy all contained some ‘world-leading’ research in the 2008 assessments’[3]

The Eagle library

Student life[edit]

The University of Bolton has a diverse student population. Around 13% of home students are from ethnic minority communities, with about 8% of its students being classed as international. This portion of students come from 70 countries outside the UK.[9] The university also has a Chaplaincy that accommodates several different faiths.

Students' Union[edit]

The main Students' Union building is on Deane Road at the centre of the University Campus. As well as being home to the SU bar (Loft Bar) and the hub of many social events, the union provides numerous other roles, such as student support and advice (The Advice Unit), representation and sporting societies.


On 5 June 2013, University of Bolton sustainable energy company Fibrlec was announced as the new principal sponsor of Bolton Wanderers.[10]

Press Coverage[edit]

Bridging loan made to Vice Chancellor[edit]

On 21 February 2015[11] The Bolton News reported that the Vice Chancellor George Holmes had been provided with a bridging loan of £960,000 from University funds to assist him in moving home. Further coverage of the story was provided by The Daily Mail on 22 February 2015.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Financial Report Year Ended 31 July 2009" (PDF). University of Bolton. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Key Facts". University of Bolton. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Profile: University of Bolton". The Times (London). Retrieved 27 May 2009.  (subscription required)
  4. ^ "Partners". Bolton One. [dead link]
  5. ^ "UK university to launch centre here in Dec.". ITpro. 9 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "University League Table 2015". The Complete University Guide. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "University league table 2015 - the complete list". The Guardian. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "The Times and Sunday Times University League Tables 2015". Times Newspapers. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Student Profile". University of Bolton. 
  10. ^ "Statement:Shirt sponsor announcement". Bolton Wanderers F.C. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "University of Bolton gives £1m 'bridging loan' to vice chancellor so he can move to town". The Bolton News. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  12. ^ "Struggling university under fire for loaning its £200k-a-year vice-chancellor £1MILLION to buy Edwardian mansion so he didn't have to make 50-mile commute". Daily Mail. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 

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