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A Guide for New Students


Bolton Students’ Union Bolton Students’ Union is here to look after your educational, social, welfare and recreational interests. You automatically become a member of the Students’ Union when you enrol as a student. You do however have the option to opt out if you wish to do so. We are located in the Chancellor’s Mall, Bolton Students’ Union is run by students for students. We rely on your support and participation to effectively represent you. So please suggest new ideas and by doing so you can bring positive changes to make your student experience more memorable. The Students’ Union is your main voice and your first point of contact for any concerns or problems you may have. The Students’ Union exists to represent all students and is democratically controlled by students at all levels. We will support you if you have a genuine grievance and we are fully committed to making sure you are treated fairly. We have the full backing of the NUS (National Union of Students) and all advice given is professional and independent from the University. You can be sure we are looking after all your needs.


Presidents Corner Hi, my name is Adam Johnson and I am your Students’ Union President for the 2013 – 2014 academic year, and I would like to offer you a warm welcome to the University of Bolton. I am confident you will find us to be a friendly and happy body of students. I studied Sport Development over the past three years, and during that time was involved with the Students’ Union as a Non-Sabbatical Officer. I also captained the Men’s Hockey team and worked part-time in the SU Bar. My job as President is to represent you, the students, and I will work together with the other officers to enhance your student experience. Your Union is here for you regardless of ethnicity, age, religion, gender and disability - you are all represented by your Students’ Union. We provide a full range of services and activities such as sports and societies, student representation, advice, and developing your employability skills in our SU Shop and SU Bar. We want you to get involved, so call in and see us and make the most of your time as a student from day one. Remember, my office is always open and I am a friendly kind of guy (so people tell me!) so if you want to discuss any ideas, have any questions please call in for a chat. See you soon



Non Sabbatical Officers The role of a Non-Sabbatical officer is very rewarding and offers you the life experience that you may not gain from being a student. This year we have only one Non Sabb but hopefully in October/ November this year we will be running bye-elections for the remaining three posts. These being: • • •

Marketing and Publicity Officer Clubs and Societies Officer Community and Environmental Officer.

Eunice Dabo is the current Non-Sabb for Welfare and Campaigns. I am a Law student here at Bolton and I’m very exited to be your Welfare and Campaign Officer for this year! Within my role I am always here for you if there is anything that doesn’t go quite to plan whilst you are here at the University of Bolton. I’m available to offer help by providing a direct link between you and the university’s support network on anything related to your wellbeing. This is includes passing you onto our highly trained advice unit staff. I love working with people and really care about your needs. So contact me by sending an email to: I hope you have a great year! See you soon Eunice


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Council Tax: As a student you are exempt from paying council tax. The University take care of both Orlando Village and The Hollins Halls of Residence. However, if you are renting private accommodation then you will need to get an exception certificate from the Student Centre in the Chancellor’s Mall. Student Insurance: It is always beneficial to take out your own student tailored insurance policy. Endsleigh provide comprehensive cover solely for students. Look out for them over the Fresher’s week period. Television Licence: You MUST obtain a TV Licence if you want to watch live TV. This includes watching live TV on your computer or laptop. Register with a doctor: When you get to Bolton make sure that you register with a doctor. Throughout your time at the University of Bolton you made need the assistance of the hospital or a doctor. Make sure that you come and see the relevant people at the Fresher’s Fair on 23rd & 24th September 2013 in the Chancellor’s Mall. Fresher’s Fair: Every student loves to get as much free stuff as possible. Well the Fresher’s Fair is the perfect place to do this. This year it is spread across two days, 23rd September and 24th September in the Chancellor’s Mall/SLZ. Sports and Societies Day: Wednesday 25th September in the Chancellor’s Mall. With the likes of Hockey, Rugby Union, the LGBT Society and the Christian Union, I’m sure you will find what your looking for.


Students’ Union Sport Bolton Students’ Union run a number of sports clubs. We are always looking for new students to play in our sport teams. The majority of our clubs represent us in the British University and College Sports leagues (BUCs) which provide competition matches between other universities in the North West of England. You may even be lucky enough to represent us on the national stage if your team progresses through the cup competition. If you want to start your own club come and speak with Sue in the SU Office. Prices: BUC’s Club- £20.00 per year Non BUC’s Club £15.00 per year BUC’s Pay and Play £2.00 per game Associate Member £30.00 per year.


We currently have: • Men’s Hockey • Women’s Hockey • Men’s Football • Men’s Basketball • Mixed Handball • Women’s Netball • Mountaineering • Men’s Rugby Union • Cricket

Sue Delanty Student Activities Co-ordinator Useful E: Contact T: 01204 900850

Students’ Union Societies The Students’ Union is here to represent the student body. Societies are a big part of what we are about. Bolton Students’ Union are always looking out for new and exciting societies to start. Pop in and have a chat with Sue or Adam about starting a new society. There is financial aid to help you get started. Bolton Students’ Union currently have these societies : • Christian Union • Islamic Society • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Society We really want more societies but we need you guys to help make that happen. Membership Prices 2013/14 Full Member: £1 to £10 * Associate Member £30.00. * Dependant on the Society Sue Delanty Student Activities Co-ordinator. Useful E: Contact T: 01204 900850 7

Team Bolton Training Kit The Students’ Union have teamed up with Squirrel Sports and Kukri Sports to produce the Team Bolton training kit for all the sports teams here at Bolton. The kit is 100% tailored to your needs. Price List: • • • • • •

Polo Shirt: Hoodie: T-Shirt: Tracksuit Pants: Shorts: Players Bag:

£18.00 £28.00 £15.00 £25.00 £12.00 £35.00

Kit Bundle deals: • • •

Bundle One (hoodie, t-shirt, polo shirt, tracksuit pants, and a beanie hat) £98.00 Bundle Two (hoodie, t-shirt, polo shirt, and tracksuit pants) £91.00 Bundle Three (hoodie, t-shirt, polo shirt, tracksuit pants, beanie hat, and a players bag) £127.00


Sue Delanty Student Activities Co-ordinator. Useful E: Contact T: 01204 900850

Sports & Awards Ball For the first time in a number of years Bolton Students’ Union decided to run a Sports and Awards ball in the SU Bar. The evening was sponsored by the Yorkshire Building Society. The event proved to be a total success and in the future years this event will be continuing, typically being held in April. Pop into the Students’ Union office in the Chancellor’s Mall to talk about running your own event in the SU Bar. You can Email James on:


Sports Tour 2014

Probably one of the most enjoyable and worthwhile weeks that you will spend not only at Uni but in your life. Sports Tour is by far the greatest decision taken. FACT!! Whether you play sport or not, TOUR is for you. With I LOVE TOUR, our official tour company you will be able to play some of the best sport going or if you prefer you will be able to just go and get a bit tipsy on the beach. Its completely up to you. FIVE Reasons to go on tour: 1. You will have the best time of your life 2. You will meet loads of amazing people 3. You will be able to say you represented your university at an international level 4. You will make friends that you will keep for life 5. You will enjoy EVERY MINUTE of your time away. PRICES: Range from £189.00 to £300.00 Locations: Salou, Rimini, Amsterdam, Croatia, and many more.

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NUS Extra Cards

NUS Extra cards are a students best friend. They offer unbelievable discounts across thousands of stores up and down the country.

These discounts are all year long and for as little as £12, can you really afford not to? You can buy your cards online or from the Reception in the Students’ Union office. The benefit of buying your cards from the SU reception is that you will get it instantly. If you order online it can take up to two weeks.

Gil Clarke & Brenda Hall SU Reception Useful E: Contact T: 01204900850 11

Students’ Union Bar The SU Bar, is the only bar on campus, we are here to provide a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone at the University of Bolton. We are in a great location for all students at the University as we are in the ‘hub’ of student activity in the Chancellor’s Mall within the Social Learning Zone. The SU Bar provides a wide range of food and drink including; sandwiches, panini’s, jacket potatoes, pizza, wraps and much more. If you are in a rush, most items on the menu are available to take away including our range of teas, coffees and hot chocolate. There is a wide variety of alternative drinks on offer, ranging from a selection of soft drinks (including J2O, Coca-Cola, Red Bull and Water) to quality wines, spirits, draught beers (including Carlsberg, Carling, Coors Light, and Gaymers Cider) and branded bottles (including WKD, VK, Peroni and Budweiser) to name a few. We are also here to entertain you, the SU Bar has state of the art plasma screens (with its very own music channel) and a big screen showing live SKY sporting events throughout the year, two pool tables and gaming machines. During the course of the year the SU Bar runs various events these include, comedy nights, quiz nights, karaoke, theme nights, live music nights, poker and games nights, and we will also run events over Halloween and Christmas. Opening Times Monday 10am to late Tuesday 10am to 6pm Wednesday 10am to late

Thursday 10am to 6pm Friday 10am to late Special Events Times will vary.

James Charleson & Sarah Harrison Useful Bar & Catering Manager Contact E: T: 01204 900850 12

Students’ Union Shop The SU Shop is the only shop on campus and stocks a wide range of different soft drinks, confectionary, USB flash drives, CD’s and starter packs for your course. The SU Shop is located in the Chancellor's Mall next to Café Athena. Gill Charters runs the shop and is always willing to help where ever she can, whether that be by serving you on the tills or ordering that special paper for your course, Gill really is there to help. So pop in and get the most out of your Students’ Union.


Gill Charters SU Shop Manager Useful E: Contact T: 01204 900850

Students’ Union Major Elections 2013/14 Every year the Students’ Union holds elections for the Sabbatical officers (full time) and the Non Sabbatical officers (part time volunteers). A students’ union needs to run for the benefit of its students, here at the University of Bolton we are lucky that we have officers who really do care about YOU, the students. In October this year we will be holding bye-elections for the remaining non sabbatical roles here at Bolton SU. If you have ambition, drive, and most of all a freindly attitude then Bolton SU wants to hear from you. Becoming a Non Sabbatical really is worth it and really is a benefit to you and the other students. Next year in March/April, we will be running our major elctions, these are where you the student body elects your new sabbatical officers. If you want to make a change to YOUR union, if you want to make the University of Bolton a better place then stand as a candidate for Bolton SU. If anyone wants to discuss the role any further then pop in and see Adam in the SU Office in Chancellor’s Mall.

Adam Johnson President Useful E: Contact T: 01204 900850


We at the Students’ Union run and control our very own online radio station, Student Union Radio Bolton, or more commonly known as SURB. SURB runs 24/7, 365 days a year. The Students’ Union want to make your time with us here at Bolton as enjoyable and worthwhile as possible. We are always looking out for new and exciting people to join our very own station. The possibilities are endless, whether you have never picked up a mic before or you are somewhat of a veteran we want to hear from you. State of the art equipment, new and exciting prospects for the future of radio and also the possibilities of working with Bolton FM.


Adam Johnson President Useful E: Contact T: 01204 900850 W:

Student TV Bolton Another of Bolton Students’ Union’s ventures came in the form of STVB; which stands for Student TV Bolton. In 2012 STVB was born, a complete union TV show that consists of students and more students, STVB is completely run and controlled by you the student’s. STVB is an online Student TV Channel for students to showcase their creative work, collaborate and gain experience or learn new skills.

Adam Johnson President Useful E: Contact T: 01204 900850


Freshers Week 2013


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Student Night Every year the Students’ Union looks for a bar or nightclub in the Bolton town centre to be our affiliate bar. J2 Nightclub will be the affiliate bar for 2013/14. J2 Nightclub is Bolton’s only super club with 6 floors of the newest and best music, with a capacity of over 1,500 J2 really is the place to be. Wednesday Night Jelly Baby Student Night ‘You say we’ll play’. Come to the SU Bar for Midweek Madness pre drinks to get the party started…. The get driven in style to J2 in your very own Hummer. Great drinks offers in both venues, DJ Insy on the decks….. What more could you want!!!


Advice Unit The Advice Unit here at the Students’ Union is a friendly, confidential, independent, one-stop advice shop. We offer free, impartial and confidential advice and assistance service to all of our students here at the University of Bolton. We work purely in the interests of our students and our aim is to not only provide support and guidance on a problem, but also to empower you to tackle the problem yourself. Janet Galligan runs the Advice Unit in the Students’ Union, to book an appointment with her contact reception on (01204) 900850 or pop in and see if she is free to have a chat.

Janet Galligan Office Manager Useful E: Contact T: 01204 900850 W:


Student Representation Representing our students at the University of Bolton is close to our hearts here in the SU, we really want you to enjoy your time with us in Bolton. We understand that things can often go wrong and we want to help. By becoming a course rep or faculty rep you can have a part in changing how the courses are run at the University of Bolton. Becoming a student rep is probably one of the most worthwhile things you will do at the University. We really urge you to get everything you can out of University life. Over the first few weeks at university you will be inducted into your lessons and you will be informed more about the Student Representation pathway and the SU really urge’s you to get involved and make your voice heard. Like we say if you have got something to shout about then shout‌ Let us know your thoughts and views we really are here to help you.

Student Rep Co-ordinator E: Useful T: 01204 900850 Contact W: 22

Getting Around Bolton

The University of Bolton. Sainsbury's Trinity Street Bolton BL3 6DH



Getting Around University Chancellor’s Mall This area encloses the student hub known as the SLZ, it is also home to the Students’ Union Office, SU Bar, and SU Shop. The 24 Hour library is also in the Mall. The Student Services office is opposite the SU office in the Mall. Deane Building This area encloses many of the Universities teaching rooms and also houses the main lecture theatre where you will go for your fire induction lecture if you live in halls. Also in Deane Building is the newly opened Law Court, which provides Law students with the vital tools to practice law in the future.

Bolton One Bolton One, is the newly built sport and exercise centre for the University of Bolton and the outside community. It encloses, lecture rooms, a 50ft climbing wall, sports hall, Athlete Development Centre, Sports injury and Spinal Unit, Clinical Simulation Suite, and the centre for research for health and well being. Bolton One also houses a swimming pool. Gymnasium and NHS facilities, all with great benefits for the students. 24

Chancellor’s Mall

Deane Building

Bolton One


Thank You to…


Usefull contacts SU President: Adam Johnson Email: Phone: 01204 900850 Twitter: UBSU_President SU Office Manager: Janet Galligan Email: Student Activities Co-ordinator Sue Delanty Email: SU Bar Manager: James Charleson Email: SU Bar Catering Manager Sarah Harrison SU Shop Manager Gill Charters Reception: Gill Clarke & Brenda Hall Email: Phone: 01204 900850 Website: Facebook:



A Guide for New Students'  

Bolton Students' Union