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What is Blackboard?

Blackboard is the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) used at the University of Leicester. It is the main technology used by students to support their studies. You will use Blackboard to find your course materials, including recordings of lectures, and you may also take part in online activities and submit your assignments into Blackboard. However different departments work in different ways, so your tutors will tell you how you will be working in Blackboard.

How do you get access to Blackboard?

All students at the University have access to Blackboard. You can find a link to Blackboard at the bottom of every page in the University web site, or go directly to

Logging in

If you are using a University computer on campus then you will be logged in automatically. If you are off-campus or using Eduroam them you will need to login using your University IT account username and password.

On the Blackboard Home page you will see a list of courses on the left of the screen (or the top of the list on a mobile phone).This list only shows courses that you are enrolled in. If you don't see the courses you are expecting, please contact your tutor or departmental administrator and they will be able to help you.

Home page

Video demo Watch this short video to find out how to login and get around Blackboard.

Using Blackboard on a mobile phone or tablet

Blackboard is designed to work effectively in a browser on a mobile phone or tablet.

However you can also download the Blackboard app for Students if you prefer.

Getting help

If you are not enrolled on the correct courses or have a problem with the contents of a course, for example you can't find something, please contact your tutor or departmental administrator.

For other problems with Blackboard, contact the IT Service Desk:

  • Phone: 0116 252 2253
  • Email:
  • Or visit the Help Zone in the David Wilson Library.

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