New Students

Prepare for study

As you start preparing for studying, there are practical digital tools that will need to become familiar with to be able to access your learning.

These tools and resources can be accessed to support your academic transitions throughout your time at University.


Blackboard Learn is our biggest Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), hosting more than 5,000 courses every year. It is used to support in-person teaching as well as online learning and something you will need to use on a very regular basis throughout your time as a student. 

It provides access to:

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

There is a suite of online guides to help you get started with Learn.

Using Learn as a student

Download the Blackboard app

Office 365

The University of Edinburgh uses Office 365 as its default suite of cloud-based apps that is used by the majority of the University community (staff and students) Once you have registered to use Outlook (email and calendar) with your UUN, you will have access to lots of apps that will help you complete coursework, connect with others and work efficiently online. 

Set up Office 365 email and calendar 

Resources to help you get familiar with your practical digital tools to start accessing your learning

Resources to help you prepare

The University offers a range of resources to support you at the start of your new student journey and throughout your studies.