New Students

Our virtual learning environment

The digital elements for most of our programmes will be taught using our Virtual Learning Environment.


Blackboard Learn is our biggest Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), hosting more than 5,000 courses every year. We use it to support in-person teaching as well as online learning.

It provides access to:

  • assignments
  • course materials
  • lecture recordings
  • grades and feedback

Accessible anywhere

Our VLE is also accessible on mobile, allowing you to stay on top of coursework from your phone.

You can view course material using the Blackboard app for students, take part in discussions, receive alerts about course activity, and even view your grades on the go.

Download the Blackboard app

Designed by students

We are invested in digital learning. Over the past two years, we have been working with our students to co-design a new digital learning experience.

Almost 5,000 people have taken part in our research, helping us to understand what our users really need. 

We have been working hard to make sure that:

  • our VLE is easy to use
  • our courses are accessible and inclusive
  • we use consistent learning and teaching terminology

Find out more about our ongoing improvements via the Learn Foundations project.

Visit the Learn Foundations project

IT requirements and support

Find out about the technology you might need to make the most of teaching, and how we can help you access it.

IT Requirements, Guidance and Support

Help and support

We are offering a wide range of support services this year to make learning as simple as possible.

Find help and support