More Welcomes

…to our two new TEL Support Officers, Sev Raychev and Peter Moll.

These are new roles in the CQSD-TEL team. Along with TEL Applications Manager Andy Turner, Sev & Peter will be working closely with the TEL Advisors, and with IT, to help and support staff and students using all of the university’s digital learning tools – principally Blackboard and Turnitin.

Sev: Hi, I’m Sevastiyan (Sev) and I’ve been working at the University for a few months as an IT Support Analyst where I became familiar with the university’s systems. I have a BSc in Computer Science and am currently doing an MSc in Business Informatics part time.

I’ve previously worked at Aberystwyth University’s IT Department supporting their IT systems including Blackboard and Turnitin. I am very passionate about technology and education, so I am very excited to be here.

I look forward to working with all of you to make the most out of the technologies we have!


Peter: I have used virtual learning environments from different viewpoints.  My background of an Ancient History degree ironically prepared me for the role, using Blackboard as a student.  I have recently supported the Directors of Teaching and Learning within the School of Politics, Economics, and International Relations.  This has given me an overview and exposure to the university, as well as specific knowledge of Teaching and Learning processes.  I feel Sev and I will complement each other in our background and knowledge base.


Linking to your Reading Lists from Blackboard – action required

You will be aware that the Blackboard upgrade at the beginning of August introduced a bug which broke links on Blackboard course menus to Talis reading lists. Initially Blackboard seemed optimistic that they would have a resolution for this problem before the start of term. However, to date, no solution has been forthcoming.

With Welcome Week fast approaching, we wanted to ensure that Module Convenors were aware of the situation, and of the workaround which you can put in place to allow students to access their module reading list from Blackboard.

Please see this guide for instructions on creating a working link to Talis from your Blackboard course.


Please note that the problem affects Blackboard courses where there is a single module reading list, with a link from the Blackboard course menu.

If your Blackboard course has multiple reading lists, or you have created links from Blackboard to specific sections of a Talis list, these links will be inside a Blackboard content area, and should not be affected by the Blackboard bug.


Please continue to update your reading lists for the 2017/18 session, and remember to publish all lists that are still in draft. Until published, a list can’t be seen by your students. For further information please contact your Liaison Librarian.