Blackboard and Turnitin both carry out routine maintenance which can be system-impacting.

Such work is normally

  • carried out outside of peak UK usage hours
  • advertised well in advance.

Any scheduled work or downtime is advertised on the Blackboard login page, and the DTS Systems Status page.


Now that we have moved to Blackboard SaaS, the Blackboard system is updated every month, without any need for downtime.

Some downtime is required in the Summer to complete the annualĀ Course Rollover process. This is normally a Saturday or Sunday early in July.

Course Rollover is scheduled for Saturday 8th July 2023.

Blackboard will be unavailable to staff and students while DTS carry out rollover tasks, from 08:00 to 17:00 BST.

You can check current Blackboard status at

– expand the ‘Europe, Middle East & Africa’ section, and then look for ‘Learn – SaaS Deployment for Blackboard Learn (Europe)’.


Turnitin maintenance periods are usually advertised within Turnitin itself, and via @TurnitinStatus on Twitter.

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard roll out new Collaborate features through monthly updates. These are applied between midnight and 04:00 UK time on a Thursday morning. Collaborate users will experience intermittent service availability during the maintenance window.

Check the Blackboard Collaborate Release Schedule for dates.

Page last updated on June 27, 2023 by Asif Muhammad

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