News and Updates

News of software upgrades or updates, along with any associated maintenance and downtime are shared here – and summarised on the planned maintenance and downtime page to help you keep track. Service issues that may prevent you from using a particular Digital Education System or functionality are also shared on this page, and on our Twitter account @DESystemsUoL, (you’ll find the latest tweets at the bottom of this page). You can also get these updates directly to your inbox by subscribing to the mailing list.

The official Twitter account for IT at the University of Leeds, @ITServicesUoL is also recommended for service status updates, along with their service status web page.

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There is a known issue affecting the roster sync of students between Minerva modules and the Turnitin assignment inbox. Staff may see the following error message when attempting to open the assignment inbox. “The membership service encountered some errors. Click here for details Error fetching memberships URL” The issue may affect assignment in modules where…
Top Hat has scheduled maintenance on the following dates and times: September 25, 2022 from 06:00am – 09:00am GMT October 2, 2022 from 06:00am – 09:00am GMT October 9, 2022 from 06:00am – 09:00am GMT During this maintenance window, Top Hat will be unavailable to all users.  If you have any questions please contact the…
The September update to Minerva introduces new features and improvements to existing functionality with a focus on assessment and accessibility features.  New features  Assessment Grade overrides are now included in Grade History downloads. Blackboard Rubrics can be copied from Original (used for 21/22 modules and earlier) and Ultra Course View modules. New Ally alternative format…
Gradescope have introduced a new look to the Create Assignment workflow. Create Assignments has moved to a separate page to provide instructors more screen space and allow more space for upcoming section management features. Gradescope guidance has been updated to reflect this change.
Top Hat has updated the navigation header for all staff and students. All functionalities of the old header remain, this update is for a fresh new look! Old Top Hat Header:  New Top Hat Header: The biggest change to note is the location of the Course Settings and the Add Educator button no longer sits…
The issue affecting Grade Centre columns for Turnitin assignments in Original Course View (21/22 modules and earlier) first reported in July and resulting in the column being un-hidden from students after making changes to the assignment settings within the Turnitin interface has been resolved.
The University’s Reading List tool is changing ahead of the 2022/23 academic year. Support sessions and demos are available for tutors to update their reading lists using the new system. The new Leeds Reading List system is available in Minerva Ultra from Thursday 9 June, with all previous reading lists transferred over to the new system….
As reported on 17 May, Minerva is currently experiencing performance issues. The Activity Stream is not loading and staff may experience issues copying content between or within modules and organisations. To resolve these issues, our vendor will apply a fix overnight.