Bolton Institute of Higher Education was formed in 1982 by the merger of the Bolton Institute of Technology and Bolton College of Education (Technical). Today, B.I.H.E. has been transformed into the University of Bolton. The Tower Block has now been replaced with a State of the Art Design Block made mainly of glass.
Bolton Institute was awarded the right to award taught degrees in 1990, with the powers to award research degrees in 1994.
In April 2004, the Institute was awarded university status with immediate effect. The institution then set about searching for a new name to match its university status. A long consultation period considered many titles, including 'Bolton University', 'Bolton Institute University', 'West Pennines University', 'Bolton Metropolitan University' and 'Bolton Leverhulme University', before announcing 'University of Bolton' as the new title on September 2nd 2004. The title was approved by the Privy Council on January 27th 2005 and officially adopted.