Turnitin filesize limit increased

turnitin logoThe maximum size of files being submitted to Turnitin has been increased. Previously, you could not submit a file larger than 20Mb, but this limit has now been doubled to 40Mb.

Ironically, this change coincided almost exactly with the publication of a new user guide: A student’s guide to reducing file size for online submission

It is unlikely that many students will produce documents in excess of 40Mb. However the advice in the guide is still relevant – knowing how to compress images in order to reduce overall filesize is a useful skill for any IT user. And besides, submitting a 40Mb file could take a long time, especially off-campus, so it still makes sense to reduce the size of unnecessarily large files.


Timetable for the move to Blackboard Managed Hosting

As you will be aware from earlier communications, the University’s Blackboard VLE is being moved to a platform hosted by the Blackboard company (See blog post about why we are moving to managed hosting).

In order to complete this, Blackboard will be unavailable OR available as ‘read-only’ for periods of time in August as outlined below.

Please note these times are subject to minor change.  All times are British Summer Time (BST).

From To Status
Thursday 6th 13.00 Friday 7th 19.00
Blackboard and Turnitin unavailable
Friday 7th 19.00
Friday 14th 09.00
Blackboard available as “read-only”
(see below)Turnitin available with recommendations (see below)
Friday 14th 09.00 Friday 14th  12.00
Blackboard and Turnitin unavailable
Friday 14th 12.00
New hosted Blackboard becomes available


“Read-Only”:  During the “read-only” period (7th – 14th August) staff and students should refrain from making any changes on Blackboard. Any changes made to Blackboard in this period WILL be lost.  This includes submissions made using the Blackboard Assignment tool. Continue reading