Turnitin unavailable

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 itservicedesk@leeds.ac.uk.

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: http://students.leeds.ac.uk/info/10107/timetables/808/problems_with_your_timetable


Minerva Login: Single Sign On

The SSO (Single Sign On) component of Minerva has been restored.

Links to services such as email and OneDrive, and the University’s My Media system will now sign in automatically.

Click the Login with username@leeds.ac.uk button.

Remember you should use username@leeds.ac.uk in the username field.

Users with multiple accounts are reminded to use the alternative login provided.


Learning Technologies Team.

Minerva on Desktop Anywhere

You do not have to use Desktop Anywhere to access Minerva off campus – you can use any supported browser on your computer. However, if you need to be on Desktop Anywhere for other reasons, we recommend you use the Chrome browser to access Minerva.

The version of Internet Explorer (IE) on Desktop Anywhere is not supported by Minerva and if you try to upload content using this version of IE you will get an error message like this:


IT are working on updating IE on Desktop Anywhere.

Warning: Beware of spam emails

We have had reports of spam emails being received at the University.

An example email has the subject RE: You have a new Blackboard message(s) and is from newmessage@blackboard.com:


You will never be asked to log in to Minerva to access a message.

Staff may send emails via Minerva but these emails will  come from the member of staff’s email address and contain the text of the message.

Occasionally staff may link to documents within Minerva. If this happens, check that the URL of the link begins https://minerva.leeds.ac.uk/. When you click it you will see a screen as below asking you to log in.


Staff who copy/export/import Minerva modules may receive a message from “Blackboard Administrator – noreply_vle@leeds.ac.uk” but these will only contain information and will not advise you to log on/click a link for any reason.

If you are concerned about whether a message is genuine, do not click any links and contact the IT Service Desk.