BIHE – Bolton Institute of Higher Education – now Bolton University

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University of Bolton
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Affiliations North West Universities Association, Universities UK, Million+
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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 6,000 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. It ranked 86 out of 121 institutions in the newly released table.

The university is a member of the North West Universities Association, Universities UK and Million+.


Chancellor’s Building

The University of Bolton traces its origins back to 1825 with the founding of Bolton Mechanics’ Institute. In 1887 the Committee of the Mechanics’ Institute decided that the town’s apprentices required technical instruction for the rapidly expanding engineering advances being made at the turn of the nineteenth century. This resulted in the creation of the new Technical School with student numbers rising to more than 1,500.

In 1926 Bolton Technical School became a college. Fifteen years later a new building was opened offering a wide range of technical education choices, with engineering the most popular. Numbers rose to 5,750 students attending more than 1,000 classes. In 1964 Bolton Technical College and Bolton Institute of Technology were divided into two separate organisations. A J Jenkinson was Principal of the Technical College, Bolton College of Education (Technical) and then the first Principal of Bolton Institute of Technology.

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). The first principal of BIHE was John McKenzie who was succeeded by Bob Oxtoby who began the campaign for university status.

An £8.3 million extension project began in 1991 with the purchase of the former Eagle Factory. Bolton Institute was awarded the right to award taught degrees in 1992, with the powers to award research degrees in 1995. In 1998 Mollie Temple became the third principal and successfully led the institution to achieve university status in 2004.


The university is primarily situated on an urban campus between Deane Road and Derby Street in Bolton. There are two halls of residence, although the university intends to relocate all services on to a single site in the centre of Bolton. There is an academic centre in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.


Senate House

Formally known as Deane Tower, Senate House underwent refurbishment in 2004 to become a centre for design disciplines, research and consultancy services.

The Chancellor’s Building

Following the remodelling and centralisation of the University campus in 2007, a new £2.5 million Social Learning Zone for student study and Students’ Union bar was built. The building also houses the university library, student services and coffee shop.

Eagle Tower

The five-storey building houses subject areas such as Art & Design, Photography, Graphics, Media Studies, Special & Visual Effects and Psychology as well as academic offices.

Bolton One

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 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.

Halls of Residence

The University owns and manages one Halls of Residence, Orlando Village.

The University and Bolton Council announced plans for a new £40 million student village, which is set to accommodate up to 850 students in the heart of Bolton town centre, facing the iconic Le Mans Crescent.

UTC Bolton

UTC Bolton, a university technical college sponsored by the University of Bolton was established at the university campus in September 2015. In November 2015 the UTC was officially opened by Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and named the ‘Stoller Building’ after Norman Stoller.

Growth and future plans

The university has also announced plans for a new £10m facility for Science and Engineering which will house its Centre for Advanced Performance Engineering. Construction will begin following the completion of the UTC building in September 2015.

There will also be a renovation and expansion of the current campus through to 2017.

The University and Bolton Council announced plans for a new £40 million student village in February 2015, which is set to accommodate up to 850 students in the heart of Bolton town centre, facing the iconic Le Mans Crescent.

International presence

The University has an academic centre 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.

Since 2009 the University of Bolton has had a partnership with Western International College Ras Al Khaimah with programmes available at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. In December 2011, the University of Bolton launched its academic centre in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in partnership with the KES Group of Institutions.

Organisation and administration


On 11 July 2016 the Board of Governors announced the appointment of Lord St. Andrews as Chancellor. The Earl commenced his responsibilities in January 2017.


  • 2004–05: Dr Mollie Temple CBE
  • 2005–present: Professor George E Holmes DL

On 21 February 2015 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.

Academic profile

Reputation and rankings

Global rankings
(2019, national)
The Guardian
(2019, national)
Times/Sunday Times
(2018, national)
British Government assessment
Teaching Excellence Framework Silver

As well as offering research opportunities, Masters and PhD degree, it is known for its vocationally focused and industry-relevant taught degree programmes. Its courses include 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’. The Times made this statement despite the University ranking so low.

In November 2014 it became the first University in the North West to become a Living Wage employer. The University is also above average in closing the gender pay gap.

The Eagle library

On 2 April 2016, the University of Bolton became again the sponsors of the Bolton Wanderers, in an agreement which will initially last until Summer 2016.

On 17 February 2016, it was announced that the University of Bolton would become the principal shirt sponsors of the Manchester Giants basketball team for the 2016 season.

Student life

The University of Bolton has a diverse student population. Around 13% of home students are from ethnic minority communities, with about 7% of its students being classed as international. This portion of students come from 70 countries outside the UK. The university also has a Chaplaincy that accommodates several different faiths.

Students’ Union

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 (The Vista) 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.


Bolton has many different sports teams competing in the BUCS leagues. Teams include: Basketball, Netball, Football, Hockey, Rugby League and Rugby Union.

Bolton One also offers students an eight-lane, 25-metre competition swimming pool, 50 foot climbing wall and sports hall.

See also


  1. Jump up ^ “Financial Report Year Ended 31 July 2009” (PDF). University of Bolton. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  2. Jump up ^ “Key Facts”. University of Bolton. Archived from the original on 13 October 2006.
  3. ^ Jump up to: a b c “2016/17 Students by HE provider, level, mode and domicile” (CSV). Higher Education Statistics Agency. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
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  5. Jump up ^ “Welcome to Bolton One”. University of Bolton. Archived from the original on 7 June 2015.
  6. ^ Jump up to: a b “New student village for Bolton town centre – University of Bolton”. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  7. Jump up ^ “Royal visit 2015: Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, to visit Bolton School and University Technical College at the University of Bolton”. Bolton News. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  8. Jump up ^ “University Board approves further £25 million investment in student teaching facilities – University of Bolton”. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  9. Jump up ^ “University Board approves further £25 million investment in student teaching facilities”. University of Bolton. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  10. Jump up ^ “Off Campus Locations”. University of Bolton. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  11. Jump up ^ “University of Bolton Academic Centre: Ras Al Khaimah”. University of Bolton. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  12. Jump up ^ “UK university to launch centre here in Dec”. ITpro. 9 November 2011. Archived from the original on 3 April 2012.
  13. Jump up ^ “University of Bolton: By Royal Appointment”. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  14. Jump up ^ “University of Bolton gives £1m ‘bridging loan’ to vice chancellor so he can move to town”. The Bolton News. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  15. Jump up ^ “University League Table 2019”. The Complete University Guide. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  16. Jump up ^ “University league tables 2019”. The Guardian. 29 May 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  17. Jump up ^ “The Times and Sunday Times University Good University Guide 2018”. Times Newspapers. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  18. Jump up ^ “Teaching Excellence Framework outcomes”. Higher Education Funding Council for England. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  19. Jump up ^ “Profile: University of Bolton”. The Times. London. Retrieved 27 May 2009. (subscription required)
  20. Jump up ^ “University a Living Wage leader – University of Bolton”. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
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  24. Jump up ^ “Student Profile”. University of Bolton. Archived from the original on 2 November 2010.

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