THE University of Bolton has been named top in the North West for its quality of teaching and student experience in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

The university has also risen to its highest ever position in the guide’s rankings from 118th last year position to 89th nationally.

It was also placed fifth in the UK for teaching quality, 13 for student experience and fifth for social inclusion.

Bolton is described as one of the UK’s most socially inclusive universities and in the 2020 admissions round it recruited 98 per cent of its students from non-selective state schools and 55 per cent from families without a history of higher education.

More than two in 10 students came from some of the country’s most deprived areas.

The news follows the University being named number 46 out of 121 UK universities in the Guardian’s annual University Guide. A University of Bolton spokesperson said: “We feel this is well deserved recognition for the hard work put in by all our staff in what has been an extremely challenging past 12 months."

He added“It is fantastic to see that we have come top in the entire region for student experience and teaching quality and we believe this is because we have continued to put our students at the heart of everything we do.

“We have ensured that our campus has remained the most Covid-secure in the country, enabling students to learn face-to-face as far as possible within the Government restrictions.”

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 provides the definitive rankings for UK universities and the most comprehensive overview of higher education in Britain.

It includes profiles on 135 universities, making use of the latest data published in the past two months.

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