The Board of Governors provide the decision-making structure through which the university is governed and managed, supported by the university’s committee structure.

The Board of Governors acting collectively as the university’s effective Governing Body is responsible for overseeing the educational character and mission of the university with specific responsibilities for financial probity and the effective use of resources.

The Board comprises of both independent and staff/student governors who are also the charitable trustees of the university. The Vice Chancellor and the President of the Students’ Union are both ex-officio members of the Board. The Chair and Deputy Chair of the Board are elected from the independent members of the Board.

Governors are required to adhere at all times to the Code of Conduct for Governors (which includes the Statement of Primary Responsibilities).

The Board meets at least four times a year and has established the following sub-committees to assist it in carrying out its responsibilities:

  • Audit Committee
  • Resources Committee
  • Nominations Committee
  • Remuneration Committee
  • Ad Hoc Committee


Any queries concerning governance matters may be addressed to:

Dr Sue Duncan LLD (hc), Solicitor
Vice Chancellor’s Office, Senate House
The University of Bolton
Deane Road


If you would like to view the university’s Governing Documents, please click here.

Coat of Arms

Laws of Arms

Warrant and under Seal granted 5 March 1990 The University of Bolton The Arms following that is to say: Or Fretty Gules overall three Moorcocks two and one Sable a Bordure Gules charged with eight Pomegranates Or seeded Gules And for the Crest (above) upona Helm with a Wreath Or Gules An Elephant statant proper its trappings Or charged on either side (one being manifest) with a Rose Gules barbed and seeded proper plain gorged and attached by achain to the trunk of a Hazel Nut Tree Or Fructed Gules Mantled Gules Doubled Or And by theauthority aforesaid We do further grant and assign the following Device or Badge (not shown above)that is to say Four arrows in Cross Gules the barbs outwards and extending beyond a Chaplet ofLaurel Or and surmounted by a Pomegranate Gules seeded Gold.

(Heraldic terms: ‘Or’ is gold,’Gules’ is red, as in red gullet) Motto: “SAPIENTIA SUPERAT MORAS”, ‘Wisdom overcomes difficulty’.)

Corporate Status

The university’s legal name is The University of Bolton Higher Education Corporation. As a higher education corporation, the university is a statutory body established under the provisions of the Education Reform Act 1988 and enjoys charitable status as an exempt charity. The university is autonomous and responsible for the management of its own affairs.

Board of Governors

Rt Rev Nigel McCulloch KCVO

Professor HH William Morris

Ms Rachel Hannan

Mr Andrew Fawcett

Mrs Kate Flood

Professor Jennifer Leeming

Dr Andrew Roberts

Dr Harni Bharaj

Professor George Holmes DL

Professor Roger Lewis

Rev Canon Paul Denby

Dr Gill Waugh

Boluwatife Oyesola

Mr Stephen Conn