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University maintenance cycle

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

Some downtime is required in the Summer to complete the annual Course Rollover process.

Course Rollover for 2021 is scheduled to take place on Saturday 3rd July.

Blackboard will be unavailable to users while the key rollover tasks are in progress, from 08:00 to approximately 17:00 BST.


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.

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