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Minerva: Staff Guides

Minerva is the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that enables staff to create and manage online teaching areas and to communicate with students. It uses Blackboard technology with a wide range of in-built and integrated tools for interactive learning, assessment and grading.

If you are looking for specific guidance, don’t forget you can search this site. You may also find the A to Z of Minerva Staff Guides on this site helpful. To access Minerva, go to and sign in using your and password.

Get started with Minerva

Start here to get orientated with Minerva modules includes guidance on how to use the institutional module template.

Setup and manage your Minerva modules/organisations

Learn how to setup and manage your modules. Make sure the right people have access to your modules/organisations by consulting the enrolment guides.

Create Content

There are a variety of ways for you to add content to your module/organisations. These guides focus on creating content.


Minerva offers communication at module, school, faculty and programme level. Staff can also request University-wide announcements. These guides focus on the different ways you can use Minerva to communicate.

Engage and Interact

Guides that focus on the built-in tools you can use to engage and interact with your students.

Monitor Activity

Guides focusing on the built-in tools in Minerva to help your students keep on track and to help you understand how they are performing.

Assess and Evaluate

Learn how to use the assessment tools available to Staff via Minerva. Understand how to use the Gradebook and the workflows involved in grading and posting grades.

Accessibility in Minerva

As part of the move to Ultra Course View you’ll notice the usability of all of the interactive tools (discussion boards, blogs and journals) have been improved.

A to Z of all Minerva guides

Looking for something specific? Try the A-Z for all our Minerva documentation.

Preparing your Minerva modules for 2024/25

What you need to know to prepare for 2024/25

Minerva News

A summary of all Minerva related news.

Minerva Monthly Updates

Find out about new features, bug fixes and enhancements to existing features by taking a look at the monthly Minerva updates digest.

Need help finding a guide? The A to Z of Minerva guides lists all the Minerva guides currently available on this site. You can also search this site to find answers to your questions.