A university is proposing to drop its town's name in a bid to improve "graduate outcomes".

The University of Bolton has applied to change its name to the University of Greater Manchester.

Vice-chancellor George Holmes said the move would "more accurately reflect the geographical area" the university inhabits beyond Bolton.

The name change is said to be supported by the University's Board of Governors and its Students' Union.

The application, which will involve a full consultation, has been made to the Office for Students and the Department for Education.

If stakeholders approve, it is expected the university would use its new name from 1 August 2024.

The University of Bolton was initially founded in 1824 as the Bolton Mechanics Institute, before going through a number of changes and eventually being given taught degree awarding powers in 1990, and the title University of Bolton in 2005.

Mr Holmes said the name change would "help the economic development of the region".

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