Turnitin service alert – 17th Sept 2018

We have had a communication from Turnitin warning us of possible intermittent service problems.  As yet we have not experienced any problems with the service although you may find that uploads are slower than usual.

Turnitin are currently working to resolve the problem and we will keep this blog updated with any further information.


Error uploading files to Blackboard using Safari 11.1

We are currently experiencing some errors when using the Safari browser to upload files to Blackboard.  When trying to upload a submission with an attached document using Safari 11.1 (the newest version of the browser) we are getting reports of the following error:

Failed to submit Assignment. Please try again

This is a known issue which Blackboard are working on and we will let you know as soon as a fix has been applied. In the meantime the work around is to use a different browser – Chrome and Firefox can both be downloaded and used on a Mac.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused by this issue.  We will keep you up to date with any progress.



Places available on digital education workshops

Book now for upcoming workshops run by the Digital Education Office.  These workshops are open to all staff as well as postgraduate students who have teaching duties as part of their role.

  • Friday 14th September 9.30 – 12.00:  Introduction to Blackboard for admin and support staff
  • Monday 17th September 1.30 – 4.30pm: Video for teaching and learning
  • Tuesday 18th September 1.30 – 4.30pm: Getting the most out of the Blackboard Grade Centre: advanced administration skills for EMA
  • Thursday 27th September 1.30 – 4.00pm:  Introduction to Blackboard for academic and research staff
  • Wednesday 3rd October 9.30 – 12.00:  Digital Education Office dropin (no booking required)
  • Thursday 11th October  9.30 – 12.00: Synchronous online teaching with Blackboard Collaborate
  • Tuesday 16th October  1.30 – 4.30pm: Designing and creating digital materials

Further information and booking.

If there is not a workshop scheduled that meets your needs or if you would like tailored training e.g. for your School, please contact us.


Video guides on how to submit assignments and access marks and feedback 

Within Blackboard there are 2 assignment types, Blackboard and Turnitin. These short videos show you how to submit assignments and access marks and feedback.

How to submit an assignment to Blackboard

How to submit Turnitin assignments to Blackboard

How to access marks and feedback through Blackboard

How to access marks and feedback through Turnitin

For problems or questions relating to submitting assignments or accessing marks and feedback students should contact their School Office in the first instance.