SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
The University of Bolton has a rich history in engineering, having evolved from the Bolton Mechanics’ Institute founded in 1825. We have a reputation for delivering world-class, industry-relevant education across all our disciplines. Our engineering, construction and mathematics courses are recognised for their depth, detail and quality, and are accredited by key professional institutions.
Our courses are practically oriented with significant industry focus and our teaching staff combine academic excellence with a wealth of professional experience. Staff are active in research, have strong links with professional bodies and are well networked with national and international companies. Many employers have been sending part-time students to us for more than 30 years and so we are well placed to embrace links with employers to offer higher and degree apprenticeship courses.
Our mission is to help address the UK’s well-documented shortage of engineering and technology graduates and to close the skills gap. We’re investing in education that supports the nation’s future economic growth by offering innovative teaching and learning in custom-designed, purpose-built facilities. By focusing on the needs of industry and working to attract high-calibre applicants, we aim to prepare the next generation of creative, ingenious problem solvers needed by employers.
The School of Engineering uses a range of purpose-built facilities. Students reading our Civil Engineering and Construction subjects will spend much of their time in the Calderwood Building which houses dedicated laboratories for practical research, and a range of industry-standard surveying equipment.
Our Biomedical and Medical Engineering students can access the modern laboratories and industrial and research grade equipment housed in the Queen’s Specialist Building and Bolton One. Our Motorsport Engineering students are currently based in our Centre for Advanced Performance Engineering facilities in the Innovation Factory. However, a major construction project is underway on campus building the new National Centre for Motorsport Engineering which is due to open in September 2017.
Our Electronic and Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering students access custom-designed facilities and teaching spaces in the Senate House complex. From electronics laboratories to computing suites featuring a range of design software, our students can use high-specification and industry-standard hardware and software.
Industry Links & Partnerships
We work hard to build and maintain links with professional bodies and employers. These help ensure the relevance of our courses and research, and that our academic content and focus keeps pace with industry changes and innovations. These relationships can provide placement opportunities for our students, as well as providing research collaborations and consultancy opportunities. We will also offer apprenticeship places by collaboration with local and national employers.
Research & Projects
The University of Bolton has an excellent reputation for engineering research, and our work was classed as world leading in the most recent Research Excellence Framework.
Research and academic activity within the School of Engineering takes place within a number of Centres:
- Institute for Materials Research and Innovation, which is internationally known for its strong applied materials science and engineering applications
- Built Environment Centre for Research, which includes the Inclusive and Sustainable Environments research group
- Centre for Advanced Performance Engineering, a leading centre for the study of automotive performance engineering and motorsport technology
Staff and students will also have access to the facilities at the new £13 million National Centre for Motorsport Engineering, set to be the UK’s leading venture for motorsport engineering.