Blackboard is the University’s Virtual Learning Environment providing you with access to your learning materials, resources and services to support your studies.

Every course provides core learning information through dedicated blackboard sites for each module.

My Courses

On the left-hand side of the Blackboard Home page, you will find the list of courses on which you are enrolled. Click on the name to open and view the site.

Central Space

Updated regularly with clickable images, this space will highlight helpful hints and guidance on Blackboard, Turnitin, and the other learning technologies, as well as useful University campaigns.


At the top of Blackboard there are tabs. These link to Helpful resources and guidance for the learning technologies and to wider Student Support to support your learning.

Global Navigation Menu

This drop-down menu available to the right-hand side of your name shows courses you recently visited, any updates or announcements made to any boards you are enrolled on together with posts and grades.

Blackboard Collaborate is the virtual classroom platform through which students will attend live, interactive tutorials and seminars. It also provides students the opportunity to meet in real-time for group discussion and collaboration.

How can I access it?

Blackboard Collaborate is available through your Blackboard module space, with a unique virtual classroom available for each session that is taught digitally. As with all University web services, we recommend students use Google Chrome as their standard web browser on PC, Mac or Android to get the best experience in Blackboard Collaborate. For iOS/iPadOS users we would recommend using Safari.

How can I use it?

Information on how to use Blackboard Collaborate can be found in the Blackboard Help Tab, with guides available on how to get started and how to use the platform.

How do I set up my own Collaborate classroom space?

Dedicated Collaborate rooms for group work can be requested from academic staff on your module.

The University uses Turnitin for electronic submission (e-submission) of work.

This online service also allows you to upload draft versions of your assessments prior to final submission, and is designed to help you and your tutors check your work for originality and help guard against plagiarism.

How can I access it?

Turnitin is accessed through your Blackboard.

Where possible the consistent University-wide Turnitin setup requires that:

  1. All Turnitin Assignments must be created within module Blackboard site(s) in a central Assessments area.
  2. There must be at least two draft Turnitin Assignments per module for students to use.
  3. There must be a separate folder for final submissions for each assessment using Turnitin, within which there must be separate submission points for on-time and after deadline submissions.
  4. There must be a separate folder for reassessment, within which there are sub-folders for each assessment, again each containing separate submission points for on-time and after deadline submissions. This should appear beneath the initial assessment folders when and if required.

How to Submit to Turnitin

  1. From within your Blackboard site, select the Assessments link and locate the correct Turnitin Assignment.
  2. Select the View/Complete link

    Turnitin View Complete
  3. From the Submit Turnitin Assignment page check that the Due Date has not passed, then select the Submit link.

    Turnitin Submit

  4. From the Single File Upload screen, your name will be pre-populated automatically.
  5. Underneath, enter a Submission Title.
    Turnitin Submission Title

  6. Scroll down the page to choose the location from which you wish to upload your file from:
  • Choose from this computer
  • Choose from Dropbox
  • Choose from Google Drive

Turnitin upload

6. Once the correct file has been selected, click on Upload.
Note: Although you cannot upload directly from OneDrive for Business, you can download to your desktop and then upload to Turnitin.
7. Wait for the preview thumbnail image and details of your upload to be displayed. Check that it is the correct paper that you wish to upload, all pages have uploaded and that any formatting looks correct.
8. Select Confirm to finalise your submission.
9. Wait for the green Congratulations banner to appear at the top of your screen and then select Go to assignment inbox at the bottom of the screen.

Turnitin Congratulations Banner

Similarity Reports

Your Similarity Report will be available to view:

  • Draft Shortly after first submission; 24 hrs after each subsequent submission
  • Final (on time) Shortly after the deadline (Turnitin Due Date and time)
  • Final (after deadline) Shortly after submission

A few points to note:

  • Submission to Turnitin must be in a single file, therefore your front cover sheet, assignment and bibliography/appendix must be combined into a single file.
  • The file must be less than 100MB
  • Files must have at least 20 words of text.
  • The maximum paper length is 400 pages
  • It is best practice to upload your file in PDF or Microsoft Word format
  • Other file types allowed: Excel. PowerPoint, HTML, RTF, WordPerfect, PostScript, OpenOffice (ODT), Hangul (HWP), Google Docs and plain text.
  • You cannot upload a file directly from OneDrive for Business to Turnitin.

PebblePad is the University’s e-Portfolio tool. It is a personal and private tool that can be used to support learning and professional development.

You can keep a blog or diary within PebblePad; store resources and files and you can create and publish a website showing people examples of your work and development.

Some academic courses may require you to use PebblePad in a specific way, but all students can use it individually to support their learning and development.

How can I access it?

To access PebblePad, click on the PebblePad link on the link to the right side of your Blackboard Home page.

On first opening, you will be presented with some introductory videos. Please watch these before closing the window.

From the PebblePad Home page select the Learning Centre for guidance on how to use PebblePad or select Get creative to start building your e-portfolio.

It is also possible to convert your PebblePad account to a personal account so that your resources are still available to you even after you have left University. Personal accounts created in this way are free of charge.


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