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Turnitin iPad App update – Access code changes

On Tuesday 13th March, Turnitin released an update for their iPad app which has some changes regarding how you add classes from Minerva into the app.

You may have noticed that it is no longer possible to generate an ‘Access Code’ from within Minerva and you are now prompted to enter an email address. Entering an email address will send a link to your email which will pass permissions into the app.

Any courses added in this way will appear in the app alongside any that you have previously added with an access code and no data will be lost.

What do you need to do?

  • To add new courses to the app, you must have the latest version of the app installed. This is the only version that supports the adding of courses by email.
  • Your email account must be configured on the same device as the Turnitin app for this process to work.
  • You must always enter the app via the button in your email to access new courses.

Is this any easier?

There may be some issues for users if they share an iPad or do not have their email configured but on the whole, the process is very similar. The new method means:

  • You do not have to be in front our your computer entering a 16 digit random code into the app.
  • You can request access to the course when convenient and accept the permission from your email later that day.
  • You can enter the email address of your teaching colleagues so they can have access to the assessments without them getting their own access code.

The app has also had a small redesign and the courses will now appear in the main frame of the app, rather than being hidden away in a menu.

Logging out

REMINDER: Logging out of the app will remove all modules and assessment data from your iPad. If you need to log out, always synch first so you do not lose any marking. You do get a warning message to confirm this BEFORE you log out. There is NO requirement to log out with this update.


We will be updating our online guidance as soon as possible.

Learning Technologies Team

Staff: Announcement longevity

We’ve tweaked the announcement tool’s default ‘display until’ duration to now default to 12 months.

If you need to make an announcement available for longer you will need to select the Date Restricted option and specify a start and end date/time.

Learning Technologies Team.

Turnitin Service downtime and Announcement Changes – Tomorrow

Turnitin Service downtime

We would like to remind all users that Turnitin will be unavailable tomorrow (Wednesday 14th February) from 08:00 – 08:30.  Turnitin papers cannot be submitted, accessed or marked during this period.

The downtime will fix some long standing bugs, most notably an ordering issue when viewing assignments by groups.

Minerva will be available during this period and all other Minerva functionality is unaffected.

Announcement Changes

We will also be making some changes to announcements in Minerva tomorrow to improve the user experience.

Announcements without an end date will be updated with an end date. Any announcements that already have an end date will be unaffected by the change.

Full details on the changes can be found in our blog post from 2 weeks ago.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience.

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