What’s happening

An essential upgrade to Blackboard must take place overnight on Saturday 2 December – Sunday 3 December.  Blackboard, and therefore also Turnitin, will be unavailable from 10.30pm on Saturday.  The work is scheduled to finish at 1pm on Sunday 3 December; however, we are allowing up to 5pm for the work to be comleted, to allow us to test the new system thoroughly and ensure it’s working as expected.

Why is this happening?

The work is necessary to ensure that BoxView, the replacement for Blackboard’s inline grading and feedback tool (Crocodoc), can be installed.  We appreciate that the timing of the upgrade may cause inconvenience to students and staff as it is happening during term time and at short notice.  Unfortunately it is not something which can be avoided.

Who will be affected?

All students and staff who use Blackboard.

What do you need to do?

Please review your teaching and assessment schedule to see if any activities which rely on Blackboard need to be rescheduled.


Please advise your students to download any resources they may need for study during the downtime.

Guidance and further information

For further information or support please contact your eLearning team using this link:

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Blackboard unavailable – Saturday 2 December 10.30pm until Sunday 3 December 1pm
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