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The University of Bolton welcomes diversity: it has a higher than average proportion of disabled students and 25% of its UK students are from ethnic minorities. Around 9,000 students study at the University of Bolton and a whopping 72% of them are mature (e.g. over the age of 21). The majority of the students come from the North West region and the University of Bolton is keen to widen access to higher education.
The University of Bolton’s academic schools are currently undergoing a restructure which will result in three faculties and two research institutes. Currently, the University of Bolton offers courses spanning a wide range of subject areas, from art, design and media to engineering and health and social care. There are some more modern courses thrown in the mix too with degrees in areas such as games, creative technology and live events.
It’s a very new university, having only gained university status in 2004. The University of Bolton was formerly known as the Bolton Institute of Higher Education, which was founded in 1982. In recent years, the University has come along leaps and bounds. Significant investment into improving its campus facilities marks the start of a new era for the University of Bolton as student numbers and applications continue to rise.
The University is located in the heart of Bolton, a town sandwiched between the cities of Manchester and Liverpool. Everything is located on one campus, making it a compact, small university. At the heart of the campus is the multi-million pound Social Learning Zone and students’ union facilities which provide some great spaces for students to study, learn and kick back and relax. In the last five years, the University has put millions into improving its teaching and learning facilities and it shows.
Bolton is a town in Greater Manchester. The town centre has plenty of shops, pubs, and restaurants and those looking for a bit of culture are well served by the Octagon Theatre and Bolton Museum and Art Gallery. Football is big in Bolton and most locals are die-hard Bolton Wanderers fans. If you tire of Bolton, the big city thrills of Manchester are only a short train ride away.
There are two halls of residence at the University of Bolton, Orlando Village and The Hollins. Between them, they provide 700 single study bedrooms. All of the accommodation is self-catering, meaning you’d better start practising your cooking skills, and unfortunately none of the rooms are en-suite.
So what’s the best thing about the university accommodation? It’s as cheap as chips. Rent is just £2,900 for 40 weeks and that includes bills and the internet. Your student loan should more than cover it.
If you’re looking for a bit more independence, Student Services has a list of private accommodation at www.boltonstudentpad.co.uk.
The University of Bolton will be charging different tuition fees for different undergraduate courses. Those on classroom based courses (e.g. business or humanities courses) will be charged £6,300 a year. Resource intensive courses such as art and design and law, have yearly tuition fees of £7,200. The tuition fees for specialist and laboratory courses, such as engineering or science, will be £8,400.
The key thing to remember is that most undergraduates will be able to get a tuition fee loan from the government to cover the cost of their course. If you’re confused about the tuition fee rise, take a look at this.
Accommodation is relatively cheap in Bolton meaning you won’t have to pay an arm and a leg to study at university. Most undergraduates will be able to secure a maintenance loan to go towards living costs and many students will be able to get a non-repayable grant from the government on top of that.
The University of Bolton has a range of extra funding available in the form of scholarships and bursaries. There are three Vice-Chancellor’s Awards worth up to a staggering £15,000 for high-achieving UK undergraduates who have accumulated a minimum of 360 UCAS points at A Level.
182 National Scholarships worth £3,000 each are available for undergraduates studying the highest cost courses and whose household income is less than £25,000 and who are care leavers.
Anyone studying a Science, Engineering or Mathematics course at the University of Bolton will be eligible for a £1,200 tuition fee discount, and there are £500 scholarships for full-time undergraduates whose yearly household income is below £25,000.
There are also a number of other scholarships, more details about these can be found here.
The Loft Bar at the Students’ Union serves up a range of food and drink at cheap prices. It’s the location of the themed nights organised by the Entertainment Committee and past events have included skool discos, quiz nights, live music and beach parties.
In town, students head to J2 Nightclub for commercial tunes and Kico Club for their indie kicks. Other than pubs and big chain bars, there isn’t a whole lot more going on in Bolton, so for a really big night out, students might head into nearby Manchester.
The list of sports clubs and societies at the University of Bolton isn’t exactly expansive. There are six sports clubs: men’s hockey club, mountaineering, men’s football, women’s football, netball club and men’s cricket, and six student societies. However, the University of Bolton’s Students’ Union is keen to help students set up their own sports clubs or student societies, so you could always start your own.
The University of Bolton’s sports facilities are located in Bolton One, a new £31 million health, leisure and research centre. The centre has a large sports hall for a variety of sports and a 50ft climbing wall.
So what can you expect during Freshers’ Week at the University of Bolton? Well, there’s a two day long Freshers’ Fair and various other events to help you settle in and find your feet at university.
The Careers Service at the University of Bolton are the go-to guys for all your career needs. They offer one-to-one guidance, help with career planning and job hunting skills, and work to bolster students’ employability. The Careers Service manages a collection of careers resources and they run the Job Shop for students looking for part-time or vacation work.