As this has recently been replied to and therefore shows up prominently, I felt had to reply:
Please, please, please, for the love of all that is good, do NOT go to Bolton University.
I went to Salford and enrolled on (and completed) a teacher training course at Bolton but Bolton still won't give me my PGDE yet.
Here are just the issues I can remember off the top of my head:
* Aggressive staff. One actually libelled me and tried to intimidate me, another responded aggressively to a student who was worried about violence at their placement
* Disability discrimination. As as example, they railroaded a student out of a placement based on their own discriminatory views about that student's disability, no matter what the student said in response. One tutor also made inappropriate comments about people with Tourette's Syndrome
* Voted worst in the country and has not changed much (if at all) since then
* After a students' union president represented students against staff members, the vice-chancellor's friend made spurious complaints against the president and had her removed - then installed herself in place of the president! Completely illegal.
* Unhelpful with placements, especially if you have a disability
* Student Services provides hardly any assistance, if any, and the staff have an attitude of "blame the students"
* Library not open at the hours necessary for all courses (especially unhelpful to PGDE students), meaning those who start their courses early can not access facilities
* Most computer rooms can booked by staff with no notice, who can then throw you out whilst you are in the middle of something
* Security and maintenance staff like to lose rooms an hour before their closing times, without notice. When the rooms are open, they like to make everyone move into one room for the convenience of security and maintenance staff
* Complaints result in either ignorance or retaliation
And that's just what I can remember right now.