University of Bolton


  • 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, with excellent motorway and rail links to major cities: Liverpool and Manchester are within half an hour by train; Manchester airport is close by with a direct train service to Bolton.
  • The region is particularly good for watching live sport, with the excellent Reebok Stadium, home to the Bolton Wanderers football team. Bolton Arena is the Regional Tennis Centre and hosts national tennis events. International cricket is in nearby Manchester, while for rugby league supporters, Wigan is just up the road.
  • Bolton has excellent motorway and rail links to major cities. The Lake District, West Pennine Moors and the Yorkshire Dales are within easy reach, and the bright lights of Blackpool are just an hour away.