University of Bolton

2015 League Table Ranking 121
2015 Overall Score 411
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Entry Standards 266 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 19.9 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 1.75 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 677 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 3.98 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 272 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 52.9 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 71.9 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 50.6 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 17.0 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • 1824 Bolton Mechanics Institute opened as the third in the UK.
  • 1982 Bolton Institute.
  • 1989 Bolton Institute incorporated as independent HEI.
  • 1990 Granted taught degree awarding powers.
  • 1994 Granted research degree awarding powers.
  • 2005 Given the title, University of Bolton.
  • 2008 Opened campus in Unites Arab Emirates.

Location and Transport

  • Bolton is one of the largest towns in the UK, and has excellent motorway and rail links to major cities.
  • Liverpool and Manchester are within half an hour. The Lake District, West Pennine Moors and Yorkshire Dales are within easy reach, and the bright lights of Blackpool are just an hour away.
  • Manchester airport is close by, which runs a direct train service to Bolton.

Entry Standards

  • The UCAS tariffs for our 3-year honours degrees range from 220–300 points. The exact qualifications and grades needed vary between courses. Visit our website for more details on entry requirements for each course.

Student Mix

The 6835 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of Study
Mode of Study
Full Time
Part Time
Student Gender

Course Flexibility

  • Pre-degree and further education courses: access courses; foundation years and semesters; Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design) – Edexcel.
  • Undergraduate Courses: single and joint honours are available; bachelor degrees e.g. BA (Hons), BSc (Hons), BEng (Hons), MEng BDes (Hons), LLB (Hons); foundation degree e.g. FdA, FdSc; Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) and Higher National Certificates (HNCs) .
  • Many of our courses can be studied on a part-time basis. We also provide opportunities for study via distance learning.

Teaching Standards

  • Staff are highly qualified and experienced, and are key to a successful career.
  • Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) awarded a judgment of 'confidence' in academic standards and quality of learning opportunities.

Research Standards

  • The University of Bolton is an enterprising and professional university that is recognised for its long standing research tradition and pioneering links with business and industry.
  • We enjoy an excellent reputation locally, nationally and internationally for the quality of our research activities.
  • Research and innovation underpins the university's teaching and ensures the quality of our courses. This ensures that our student body benefits from outstanding teaching, in an environment which is conducive to discovery and new ways of thinking.
  • Our relationships with public and private sector organisations are strong; whether working with a regional SME to improve their competitive edge or collaborating in international, multi-million pound research programmes.
  • Recognised world-leaders in smart materials research and development.
  • Pioneering research into the potential biomedical applications of Auxetic materials.
  • Researching and developing composite materials for use in a variety of applications from engineering to safety equipment.
  • Development and continued progression of a photovoltaic-piezoelectric fibre – a fibre that can generate electricity from movement, wind, wave and solar power.

Student Facilities

  • Our dedicated Student Services team provide information, advice and guidance on a wide range of issues, including accommodation, counselling, support for disabled students, student health and wellbeing, immigration, student finance and university procedures.
  • Our Student Services department has been Matrix Standard accredited since 2005.
  • One mainm two-floor university library on campus, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • The library has held the Government Standard Customer Service Excellence for 10 years.
  • The library offers full printing and photocopying facilities along with a range of self-service facilities.
  • For less formal methods of study and group work, or to just catch up with friends there is the Social Learning Zone (SLZ) which includes the new Tech Zone.
  • The new Tech Zone includes eight iMacs and 26 Dell touch-screen PCs which can be used for study or general use.
  • Staff on the IT Support, library and subject help desks can assist with any enquiries.
  • Regional and national schemes allow the University of Bolton students and staff to join other university libraries in the UK via various access agreement schemes.
  • Internet enabled PCs are available in the library, Senate House and across the campus.
  • Campus-wide wireless network for students.


Disability Services

  • At the University of Bolton we are committed to equality, diversity and provide a supportive environment for all. We welcome both home and international students with physical and sensory impairments, mental health issues, medical conditions and specific learning difficulties.
  • Visit the website for information on the disability services at the University of Bolton.
  • Telephone 01204 903478 or email a Disability Adviser at

Students' Union

  • The students' union is now part of the £2.5-million Social Learning Zone.
  • The union's mission statement is 'To enhance the student experience'.
  • The University of Bolton Students' Union (UBSU) is the representative body for students at Bolton.
  • UBSU exists to represent our students, to provide services (social, commercial and welfare) without discrimination
  • There are a range of clubs and societies at the university. They are open to everyone to join. Most of the clubs and societies are organised by the students' union and are run by students for students. New volunteers are always needed, and students can get involved in the running and promotion of a club or society that interests them.
  • The students' union bar space – the Loft – strives to 'enhance the student experience' through the leadership of the students' union elected representatives. It provides a relaxed and safe environment, free from intimidation and discrimination.


  • Facilities available to students, staff and the local community are provided by both the University and Bolton Council and are housed in the new £31-million Bolton One development and include an eight-lane, 25-metre competition swimming pool, sports hall and climbing wall, a fitness suite with weights, cardio and resistance training, an aerobics studio and community gym, an Athlete Development Centre and sports rehabilitation and exercise and conditioning clinics.
  • There is a full and varied timetable of classes and sessions, offering something for everyone.
  • There are sports clubs affiliated to the Students' Union which are run by students for students, and open to university students who wishing to play sports competitively or just for fun.
  • Partnerships arrangements are in place with local community clubs allowing them the use of our facilities.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • In recent years there has been a progressive multi-million pound redevelopment of the university campus, including new design studio and innovation factory facilities, teaching rooms, lecture theatre and social learning spaces.
  • The University has been successful in winning Government approval to build a University Technical college (UTC) on its campus for 2015. The Bolton UTC will offer specialist courses in medical and dental technologies, pharmacy and engineering.
  • February 2012 saw the opening of a new £31-million health, leisure and research centre called Bolton One on campus. This development is a shared project managed by the university, Bolton Council and NHS Bolton. It offers a whole range of health, leisure and sporting facilities as well as state-of-the-art teaching and research spaces.
  • A new £100,000 Law Courts facility opened in 2012.
  • A new Tech Zone is now open in the Social Learning Zone to offer a mix of 26 Dell touchscreen PCs and iMacs plus 60 self-service laptops.
  • 2014 has seen the Centre for Advanced Performance engineering open which is in partnership with RLR Motorsport. With a multi-million pound, purpose-built centre planned for the future.
  • 2013 saw the re-launch of Bolton Business School, offering new facilities and partnered with local businesses.
  • The £2.5-million Social Learning Zone houses, the students' union bar and offices, as well as a large open plan, wireless networked space where students can study or socialise in a relaxed atmosphere.
  • A recent investment of £10-million created dedicated Arts, Media and Technologies facilities, including a top specification custom-designed photography area, studios for painting, sculpture and digital art, professional media production facilities, specialist SFX facilities and the latest design software.


Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The university's Careers Service can provide help and impartial guidance to all students.
  • Practical help and advice on CVs and portfolios, job hunting and skills development is provided by a professional team of careers advisor.
  • The team works with employers, agencies and other organisations involved in student and graduate recruitment.
  • The JobShop is designed to help students who would like to find part-time work in and around Bolton. You can also join the JobShop site for regular job, internship or volunteering email alerts.
  • It keeps in close contact with employers, job centres and schools within the university.
  • The team advises students on the minimum wage, tax and national insurance, becoming self-employed, and gaining additional skills like leadership, communication or organisational skills which are in great demand by employers.
  • Students can also find out more about volunteering.

Notable Alumni

  • Anthony Keating, MBA, HND Automobile Engineering graduated in 1996. Entrepreneur and Supercar designer.
  • Josie Cichockyi, Alumni Graduated BA (Hons Leisure and Business Studies 1994. University Alumni Fellowship 2002 Services to Sport – She has represented Great Britain in athletics, wheelchair basketball and table tennis completed in three Paralympics, four World Champions and six Europeans, broken 26 British track records in all distances from 100m to 5000m, and is the first female wheelchair athlete to break the three hour barrier in the London Marathon.
  • Neoartists – Set up by final art students in 2007 the artists’ group called Neoartists is now a thriving community interest company based in the heart of Bolton. With a large gallery and studio space in Bolton, it has attracted over 25 artists, including students, graduates and fine artists from around the world, including Russian artist Irene Rumyantseva and fellow of the Royal Society of Arts Martyn Stynes. T The original trio Jason Simpson, Christine Hardman, and Lisa Moore are still involved with Neoartists.
  • Jason Stockwood, Philosophy Graduate 1995 – Jason won a scholarship to study America, then study at Bolton Institute, in 1995 he started work at Trailfinders, London, Business Development at Lufthansa. Headhunted by he ran their UK airline business. Jason has now taken the helm at XBRidge one the fastest growing technology companies in the UK.
  • Mark Whitfield, HND Computer Studies 1990 – Mark is currently an IT Technical Initiatives Manager in Salford Quays, but he has become synonymous within the Greater Manchester press and the BBC North for his business networking site Manchester Media Forum and recording the building progress of MediaCity Uk, now home to BBC and ITV. He is also originator of University’s Linked-in Alumni group.
  • Graeme Hawksley, MSc Advanced Microelectronics – In 2008 Graeme Hawksley; Managing Director, Hybrid Marine based in the Isle of Man won Bronze medal Mansura Trophy organised by Royal Thames Yacht Club. Hybrid Marine has won Shell Springboard Awards 2010 at Southampton boat show Green Product of Year.
  • Adam Dean, MA Photography – MA Photography graduate Adam Dean has been named in the prestigious 2011 list of '30 new and emerging photographers to watch.' He was awarded first place, General News 2011 Picture of the Year International competition. Adam’s untitled photograph shows two wounded US soldiers in a moment of quiet pain while being medevaced from the front line.
  • Dr Ann Johnston, OBE – Dr Johnston studied at Bolton in the early eighties when it was the Bolton Institute. In the 2013 New Year’s honours list Ann was given an OBE for her outstanding contribution to healthcare. In 2005, after a career as a nurse and a lecturer, Dr Johnson was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s forcing her to retire. Now, working closely with the Alzheimer’s Society, she has contributed to many events including chairing sessions at the Dementia Congress 2011 and the Alzheimer’s Disease International Conference 2012. She also sits on the Prime Minister’s Champion Group for Dementia Friendly Communities.

For further information

  • +44 (0)1204 903903
  • University of Bolton
    Deane Road
    BL3 5AB
UCAS Code B44

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