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University of Bolton
Established 2004 - gained University Status
1982 - Bolton Institute of Higher Education
Type Public
Endowment £157,000[1]
Chancellor Patricia Morris, Baroness Morris of Bolton
Vice-Chancellor Dr George Holmes
Staff 700+[2]
Students 8,740[3]
Undergraduates 6,375[3]
Postgraduates 1,740[3]
Other students 625 FE[3]
Location Bolton, England, UK
Coordinates: 53°34′25″N 2°26′9″W / 53.57361°N 2.43583°W / 53.57361; -2.43583
Colours Gold, navy blue

The University of Bolton (formerly Bolton Institute of Higher Education) is a university in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England.



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

Bolton Institute was awarded the right to award taught degrees in 1990, with the powers to award research degrees in 1994.

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.

Academic quality

The UK national Quality Audit of University of Bolton 2005[4] reports that "broad confidence can be placed in the soundness of the current management of the quality of its programmes and in the University's institutional-level capacity to manage effectively the security of its awards." Although it offers research opportunities leading to Masters and PhD degrees by research, it is best-known for its vocationally focused, and industry-relevant taught degree programmes. Among its most popular courses are its Business programmes offered by the Bolton Business School. The University of Bolton now offers the DBA (Doctorate of Business Administration) course, as of October 2008[5].

An Education Guardian report[6] ranked Bolton #1 in the "Fastest Growing University" category. A recent survey of international students rated the university of Bolton amongst the best universities in the country, relating to its teaching standards [7]. In 2008 Bolton was placed 111 (out of 113) in the Times Good University Guide. [8] But despite its poor standing nationally, its course in Building Studies is ranked #1 in the UK by students.[9]

The University's Ras al-Khaimah campus [1]. was officially opened on Tuesday 30 September 2008, along with a multi million pound Social Learning Zone, by HRH the Earl of Wessex[10]

Academic schools and research centres

The university consists of five academic schools and three research centres

Academic schools

School of Arts, Media and Education

School of the Built Environment and Engineering

Bolton Business School

School of Games Computing and Creative Technologies

School of Health and Social Sciences

Research centres

Business Logistics Innovation and Systems Research Centre * BLIS Research Centre

Centre for Materials Research and Innovation

Institute for Educational Cybernetics Institute for Educational Cybernetics

See also

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