We are a modern and dynamic university with an academic heritage dating back nearly 200 years and a long and proud history of delivering top-class, industry-relevant courses.

We aim for teaching that inspires and motivates our students in a distinctive and distinguished learning environment. So that they have the integrity to contribute to and lead society in the 21st century, help shape the businesses and communities of tomorrow through sharing and the application of knowledge.

We celebrate excellence in others and willingly bring their good practice back into the university and into our partnerships. We strongly support individual researchers as well as research groups and create partnerships based on mutual respect and equality.

We recognise and reward the university’s staff as its greatest asset and encourage career development from all our staff. Our Teaching Intensive, Research Informed approach means we offer distinctive, high-quality, student-focused programmes inspired by the world-leading research being conducted at the university and by our strong links to global industry.

Quality and depth of provision are displayed across all subjects and we take pride in our top facilities which help enhance our students learning experience.

We are proud that all elements of society are fully represented and that we are a culturally diverse, inclusive learning community in which staff and students continue to learn from, and celebrate, individual differences.

We strive to nurture the qualities that students bring with them, putting heavy emphasis on developing the skills and the interests that students bring with them, as well as stimulating new knowledge and skills. We use assessment data to improve the teaching/ learning system, curriculum, instruction, learning resources, counselling and student services and show adaptability, rigour and flexibility in identifying and meeting the needs of individuals.

Bolton School of the Arts was formally established in 1857 as part of Henry Cole’s National Art School movement. Established to raise the standard of art and design in British manufacturing in response to increasing competition from France and Germany, Bolton School of the Arts original focus was on training artists and designers for the textile industry. Today this focus has broadened and we now offer degrees in most aspects of both the fine and applied arts.

The University of Bolton is at the centre of the town of Bolton in the centre of the UK.


Bolton is one of the UK’s friendliest towns with lots to offer, from history and heritage to countryside and culture. Home to art galleries, cinemas, music and sports venues, the nationally acclaimed Octagon Theatre (renowned as one of the best provincial theatres in England) and museums including Bolton Museum, which has the finest collection of Egyptian artefacts on this side of London.