It is just over a month since the blaze at the privately owned and managed accommodation in Bolton town centre.
A total of 220 students were living at the two-building complex and they have received a wide range of support from the University. All of the students who were displaced have now been resettled.
Generous members of the public and businesses from across the UK offered donations of clothes, toiletries and food to help students manage in the aftermath of the incident.
The UK Passport Office were on-campus for several days to organise new passports for students. Mental health support was provided for those affected, and an advice and support centre was set up in the University’s Social Learning Zone (SLZ).
Specially trained British Red Cross volunteers worked closely with the Students’ Union and the University for two weeks. They provided emotional support and were on hand to help students make sense of what they had been through. Volunteers also handed out donations of food, clothes and toiletries.
In the days after the fire, a number of high-profile visitors visited the university to declare how impressed they were by people’s generosity. Prime Minister Boris Johnson saw for himself the huge number of donations received by the University after the incident.
Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, was also impressed by the relief effort and the Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Hilary Fairclough, was shown around the SLZ by Pro Vice Chancellor Baroness Newlove. Cllr Fairclough said she was amazed by the amount of variety of donations that had been brought in for the affected students. “It is just fantastic – the people of Bolton are like a family,” she said.
The University also worked with partners from a variety of agencies to form a Strategic Recovery Group, led by Bolton Council, to manage the many elements of the recovery operation.
In a joint statement, Professor George E Holmes DL, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Bolton and Dr Kondal Reddy Kandadi, Deputy Vice Chancellor, said: “We have been humbled by the amazing generosity of the Bolton community, businesses, our own staff, students and from many others across the country. Our number one priority is always our students and to receive such heartwarming support following this terrible incident has been wonderful.
“We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported our students at this difficult time.”
Greater Manchester Fire Service continues its investigation into the incident.
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