Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Drop In Sessions

Do you have a question about how to use Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to deliver your online events?

Feel free to ‘drop-in’ any time on any of the dates below where facilitators from Learning Technologies and OD&PL will be online to answer any questions you have on the use of Collaborate Ultra.

The sessions are more suitable for colleagues who have already attended the online workshop “Stepping into Collaborate Ultra: Facilitating Online Learning”, or for colleagues who have some experience of delivering online events and may be migrating from another platform (such as Adobe Connect).


  • Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 12:00 to 13:00
  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 12:00 to 13:00
  • Tuesday, March 06, 2018, 15:00 to 16:00

The session link is available here.

Joining the Session:

Using Chrome or Firefox as your browser, launch the session from the session link above.

Take a look at the guide on getting started with Collaborate Ultra and access the test room to configure your audio before the session.

Please ensure you have an appropriate headset available as you will be expected to ask your question using audio.

It might take a few minutes to join the room so please be patient. For technical issues please email or phone 0113 343 3333. We look forward to meeting you online.

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Turnitin is experiencing a service outage, and is unavailable.

This affects students when attempting to submit and staff when they attempt to view files through Turnitin.

This issue is affecting all Turnitin institutions and their engineers are looking into the issues as a priority.

Comments are welcome, however if you need help or advice please contact the IT Service Desk on tel (0113) 343 3333, or

New Timetable Agenda View

We’ve made a new timetable agenda view available as part of the University’s ongoing replacement of the existing timetable software. The agenda view is available on the Learn tab in Minerva to Undergraduate students and Taught Postgraduate Students.

Screenshot of Agenda view

By default, the agenda view shows the next 5 events in your timetable. The full timetable view is accessed via the Minerva toolbar icon as usual:

Timetable icon

The new agenda view is part of a wider programme of enhancements to improve the student timetabling experience.

Timetable help – if you are having trouble accessing your timetable, or think there is a problem with it, please check here: