The way you login to Minerva is changing

We are configuring Minerva to allow users direct access to some key University services, such as email, without the need to login again.

From late August, you will be presented with a different login screen when you access Minerva. This will require you to login with your rather than just your username.

Removal of Blackboard Mobile Learn app

Mobile Learn is no longer supported, and as of 1st August Blackboard have removed it from the Apple and Android app stores.

You can continue to use mobile devices via the browser when accessing Minerva, which is now more accessible on mobile devices.

We will continue to improve the mobile experience in Minerva in the lead up to start of term.


Minerva Supported Browsers

Since the last upgrade, the browsers that are supported have changed and you may require a newer version to access resources. In most cases, you will be unaffected by this change and all browsers on standard staff IT desktops are compatible.

Here is a list of supported browser versions:

  • Chrome 36+
  • Edge 20+
  • Firefox 31+
  • Internet Explorer 11+ (Windows Only)
  • Safari 9+ (Mac Only)

However, the version of Internet Explorer accessed via Desktop Anywhere is currently unsupported (version 10). There are two options if you access Minerva via Desktop Anywhere:

  1. Do you actually need to use Desktop Anywhere? If you are just accessing Minerva, this can be done on your home PC/Laptop browser without the need to log into Desktop Anywhere. Go directly to
  2. If you do need to use Desktop Anywhere then Google Chrome is installed and supported. Please use this browser.

There will be an update to Desktop Anywhere before the new academic year that will update Internet Explorer to version 11 and fix this issue – but in the meantime, please follow the guidance above.

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

Minerva Portal and VLE – Downtime

Minerva, the new Portal and VLE is planned to go live on Thursday 27th July 2017.

We will need to make the VLE unavailable briefly:

Thursday 27th July, from 9am-11am

Staff:  Formative/summative assessment or electronic assignment hand-ins will not be possible during this time period.

Students: Plan for the VLE downtime by retrieving material you know you will need.

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