The University of Bolton is in the heart of one of the largest towns in the UK – Bolton – a thriving and friendly place with a big heart. Travel connections to cities such as Liverpool and Leeds are excellent, and Manchester is just a 20-minute train journey away. The Lake District, West Pennine Moors and Yorkshire Dales are all within easy reach, and the bright lights of Blackpool are just an hour away. Students here have plenty of options for both work and play!

Town Centre
Town Centre

In or close to the centre of a town

UCAS Code: B44

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 82%
  • Postgraduate 18%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 75%
  • Part Time 25%

Where students come from

  • UK 92%
  • EU 3%
  • Other 5%

Student gender

  • Male 41%
  • Female 59%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The library is open 24/7 during teaching semesters and its help desk also provides information, advice and guidance on student services in the evening. Resources include more than 120,000 print books, 192,000 e-books and 45,000 print and electronic journals.
  • The library maintains Customer Service Excellence recognition having been one of the first academic libraries to achieve the award in 2002. Bolton students consistently award staff high marks on helpfulness and competence.
  • Library services are accessible to students at the Queen's Specialist Building in Farnworth and the Institute of Management in central Bolton, with study space, staff support, electronic resources, printing and scanning facilities.

Student jobs

  • The university's JobShop and StudentHub help students to find part-time work in and around Bolton; students can join the site to search through current part-time, full-time, and graduate opportunities.
  • The university recruits a number of student ambassadors on a paid basis to promote the university, help with open days, campus tours and other activities both on and off campus.

Careers advice

  • The university offers a range of careers and employability support tailored to students' needs, whether they are studying full-time or part-time, at undergraduate or postgraduate level.
  • Careers advisers offer one-to-one appointments throughout the week, providing practical advice on career plans, help with applications and portfolios, and support with job hunting and skills development.
  • The team works with employers and agencies involved in student and graduate recruitment, hosting an annual careers fair with more than 70 companies and organisations represented.
  • The careers team advises students on the minimum wage, tax and National Insurance, becoming self-employed, and gaining additional skills like communication or organisational skills, which are valued by employers.

Health services

  • Students can access information about local NHS services from either the Student Centre or Life Lounge.
  • Staff in Student Services can identify which local GPs are accepting patients and offer advice on registering with a GP.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The university has a fully qualified part-time counsellor for students; this service is completely free and confidential.
  • There is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) service provided by postgraduate students completing their training in a BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies) accredited postgraduate diploma.

Disability support

  • The University of Bolton provides support to students with physical and sensory impairments, mental health issues, medical conditions and specific learning differences.
  • A mental health adviser provides comprehensive assessments and support for students with complex mental health needs.
  • A dedicated team of disability advisers provide help regarding access and support; along with the mental health adviser they have achieved a Customer Service Excellence Award for their work.

Other services and facilities

  • Students can take part in the 'Bolton Award' – an extracurricular programme for all undergraduate and postgraduate students designed to enrich their academic studies with a range of activities including work experience and skills development.
  • Zara and Ali, the University of Bolton's Pets as Therapy (PAT) dogs, are often on campus to support students.

Students' Union

  • Bolton Students' Union promotes the academic interests and welfare of University of Bolton students by representing, supporting and advising students, and by broadening their employability prospects. The recognised representative channel between students and the University of Bolton, it ensures the student voice is heard through its representation channels.
  • Bolton SU offers a diverse range of social, academic and religious societies. Societies are all student-led but fully supported by the SU staff team. The SU is always keen to help students create and promote new societies.
  • Vista Meet and Eat café bar is a great place to grab a hot or cold drink and some freshly prepared food, while the on-campus SU shop caters for all stationary needs (and snacks). The Loft is a new venue, where students can relax, hold events and collaborate with other students.


  • Opened in 1824 as the Bolton Mechanics Institute; in 1982, having gone through a number of changes, it became Bolton Institute of Higher Education.
  • Bolton Institute was awarded the right to award taught degrees in 1992, and research degrees in 1995.
  • In 2005 it was given the title University of Bolton and in 2008 opened a campus in the United Arab Emirates. At the UK campus, new additions include Bolton One, a health leisure and research centre; the Institute of Management; and the new National Centre for Motorsport Engineering.

Fascinating Fact

  • University of Bolton alumni Bilal Zafar is a British comedian nominated for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards in 2016 - he studied screenwriting while at the university.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Andrew Biraj – award-winning photojournalist, featured in multiple international publications including National Geographic, Time Magazine and The Guardian.
  • Josie Cichockyj – a British wheelchair athlete, competing in two Paralympics and breaking 28 British track records in all distances from 100m to 5,000m, including a 5,000m World Track record.
  • Adam Dean – award-winning photographer, in 2011 named as one of PDN's 30 new and emerging photographers to watch.
  • Howard Deveto and Pete Shelley – founding members of The Buzzcocks punk-rock band, regarded as a core influence on modern pop music in the UK.
  • Graeme Hawksley – managing director of the award-winning Hybrid Marine, based in the Isle of Man.
  • Dr Ann Johnston MBE – awarded an MBE for her work with the Alzheimer’s Society, following her own early diagnosis with the condition.
  • Dr Anthony Keating – entrepreneur and supercar designer, owner of Keating Supercars.
  • Jason Stockwood – CEO at Simply Business insurance brokers, named in 2016 as overall Best Leader at The Sunday Times' Best Companies to Work For awards.
  • Sam Stone – award-winning author and playwright.
  • Bilal Zafar – comedian and winner of the NATYS Award in 2016 (New Acts of The Year Show).


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