This page provides help and guidance for administrative staff supporting Schools’ curriculum delivery in Blackboard.

Programmes Managers and Senior Programme Administrators in Support Centres are assigned certain admin roles in Blackboard for the School which they support, and these permissions can be extended to other staff on request.

Course and user management

Guides for staff with the ‘Senior Programme Administrator‘ and ‘Programme Administrator’ permissions:

See also our staff user guides on the Getting Started page of the site e.g.


Updating courses for the new academic year


Users and Groups

How and when are students enrolled on courses? For an explanation see this interactive model.

Access to Blackboard for non-UoR staff:


Assessment in Blackboard

See the EMA Help pages of this blog for guidance on


Supporting Students with Blackboard/Turnitin

This guide outlines how student-facing staff in the Support Centres can assist students with Blackboard and Turnitin queries; either by providing the answer directly, by giving advice, or by directing students to the relevant support available.

Guide for Student-facing staff

Blackboard Content Collection

The Blackboard Content Collection is a content management system which allows you to upload files to a central location, then make these accessible to students on multiple courses or organisations – updating the file in the Content Collection automatically updates the information visible to students on those courses and organisations.

Content Collection guide for admins

Blackboard Portal Administration

School portal tabs have not been available since we moved to the Ultra Base Navigation in August 2021.

Key information for students in your School or Department should now be provided through a departmental Organisation.

Page last updated on May 18, 2023 by andyturner

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