Parents and Carers

Parents: About higher education and how to contact us

Choosing to study at University is a big step, and a lot has changed so fast that it's not an experience that everyone is familiar with, including Parents and Carers who are helping to guide and support the young people in their family.

If this is the case, or even if you have studied at university before, then you will still likely be considering similar things. Such as what courses have to offer in the current climate, safety, the student experience, career prospects, how funding works, and how your child going to university will affect you too, for example. 

We know that it is sometimes difficult to find clear information, and so we would like to help you to understand more about the decision, what it entails, and what information and support are available as parents/carers.

We'll help you to understand key terms, know the key dates, and understand what's new in the sector so that you can best support the young people in your family life. 

To get started, here's an explainer from the University of Bolton's Greater Manchester Higher Team (GHM) who are supporting, advising, and educating the young people of Greater Manchester about the various pathways available in and out of the traditional university environment.

Book onto one of our Open Days or Course Advice Days to find out more and speak with the team.

Please explore the Parents Outreach Area, or you can get in touch in a variety of ways that suits you.

Please note that consent is required if you are calling on behalf of an applicant, even if it is your child or someone in your care. The applicant will need to let the Undergraduate Team know who is eligible to discuss the application on their behalf by emailing

At the University of Bolton, we understand our students have different requirements and pride ourselves on the supportive and award-winning learning environment we provide. Being voted No. 1 for Student Satisfaction for the past three years (Complete University Guide, North West) is a testament to our approach; welcome to #UniAsItShouldBe.

We are proud of our work on-campus to ensure our students can enjoy #UniAsItShouldBe, COVID-secure