University Leadership

Our Chancellor, The Earl of St Andrews, George Philip Nicholas Windsor

Educated at Eton College, Downing College and Cambridge University, the Earl of St Andrews read history. He served in New York and Budapest in HM Diplomatic Service, working for many years in the antiquarian book business including Christies UK. George Windsor has also been the Chairman of an internet-based world history project, the Golden Web (2006-2012).

He encourages building bridges between different civilisations and is heavily involved in the community by holding a number of titles including:

  • Association for International Cancer Research (no Worldwide Cancer Research) – Patron since 1995

  • Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation - Trustee from 1996 onwards, Chairman since 2005.

  • The Princess Margareta of Romania Foundation – Patron since 1997

  • SOS Children’s Villages UK – Trustee since 1999

  • Welsh Sinfonia – Patron since 2011

  • Next Century Foundation – Member of the advisory board since 2012

  • University of Cambridge – Patron since 2012

  • Global eHealth Foundation – Trustee since 2012

  • The University of Bolton Centre for Islamic Finance – Patron

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Vice Chancellor, Professor George E Holmes DL

After earning a Doctorate in Education, a Masters degree in Business Administration and a BSc in Economics, Professor Holmes went on to become the youngest University head in the UK when he was appointed in 2005.

His previous experiences of editing International Journals, specialising in Quality Assurance in education and as Principal of Doncaster College have given him a lot of success including securing the largest capital grant in the history of the FE sector at the time and had responsibility for building a new £75 million college on the waterfront in Doncaster.

As an active member in society, Professor Holmes has held a number of titles, including:

  • Board Member for Regents College

  • Deputy Lieutenant for Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of the County of Greater Manchester

  • Founding Trustee of the Bolton University Technical College

  • Former Governor at Bolton College, Bolton School, and the ESSA Academy Trust

  • Former Board Member of the Bolton Lads and Girls Club

  • Board Member of the Octagon Theatre, Bolton (2008-2014)

  • Secretary of State for Education and Skills in (2002)

President And Vice-Chancellor Pay

The university is committed to transparency with regard to the pay of the head of the institution – its President and Vice-Chancellor. As of 31 July 2018 the salary for Professor George Holmes was £256,284 per annum.

The President and Vice-Chancellor’s Pay (and that of the institutions Designated Senior Post holders) is determined by the university’s Remuneration Committee, comprising independent external members of the university’s Board of Governors.

The University of Bolton publishes Head of Institution Pay Ratios based on basic salaries on an annual basis and provides comparative data over a five year period. As at 31 July 2018 the ratio of lowest paid employee (Living Wage Foundation rate of pay) to the head of institution was 1:15.5. In the Hutton Review of Fair Pay (2011) it was noted that no public sector executive should earn more than 20 times the salary of the lowest paid employee. The ratio at the university is somewhat lower than that stipulated in the Hutton Review. In the most recent information published by UCEA in 2016/17 the sector average was 1:16.3.

Noting that the median pay will not be significantly affected by large or small salaries that may skew an average as at 31st July 2018 the ratio of the median salary (all employees) to the head of institution was 1:7.2. In the most recent information published by UCEA in 2016/17 the sector average was 1:6.8. Therefore it is possible to conclude that the university is broadly in step with the rest of the sector.

i) Ratio of lowest paid employee to the head of institution salary

31 July 2018 – 1:15.5

31 July 2017 – 1:15.8

31 July 2016 – 1:14.3

31 July 2015 – 1:13.8

31 July 2014 – 1:14.6

ii) Ratio of median salary to the head of institution salary

31 July 2018 – 1:7.2

31 July 2017 – 1:7.2

31 July 2016 – 1:64

31 July 2015 – 1:5.9

31 July 2014 – 1:5.9

Any queries concerning governance matters may be addressed to:

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


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