How we support your learning

This year your classroom teaching will, as always, be enhanced by online learning resources, discussion boards and supportive virtual communities.

Take a look at some of these resources here.


Canvas is our learning management system. You can use it to access information and activities relating to your studies, including module details, assessments and lecture notes. It also gives you a real-time record of your progress.

Try it out for yourself

Get a sneak preview of Canvas with our special sites for forensic and investigative sciences, psychology and sports science and history. You'll find crime-scene conundrums, sample lectures, and more.

For the best experience we recommend using Chrome, Firefox, Edge or Opera.

How we use Canvas

You'll find our tutors using Canvas to share videos, quizzes, worksheets, screencasts and interactive whiteboard notes.

Screenshots of online learning materials including a video and an interactive whiteboard

Join nursing student Hollie for a short video tour of Canvas:

Apps to support learning and placements

Nursing students who are out on placement can use the MyProgress app to complete assessments and keep in touch with their University tutors. Practice supervisors, who support our students on placements, can also access the app. It's never been more valuable than during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gaming platforms

Our computer gaming students have been using Discord to support face-to-face learning, with lecturers live-streaming sessions and students taking advantage of the platform's social capabilities to share ideas and keep in touch.

60-second seminars

Our video seminars are shorty, snappy introductions to big ideas.

Here's Dr Marieke Jenner on binge-watching, everyone's favourite pastime, but there are loads more seminars waiting for you on YouTube.

Bite-sized learning

Our tutors have a passion for their subjects and love writing about them. Check out just a few of their blogs for a bite-sized intro to some fascinating subjects:

Social communities

We all recognise the importance of keeping in touch, and feeling a part of our communities. University is no exception.

There are loads of ways to keep in touch even when you're not on campus, including virtual social events, course discussion boards, and some thriving social media groups that share relevant videos, articles, news snippets and even (in these social distancing times) Zoom baking sessions.

See our FAQs for more details about teaching and learning arrangements in 2021-21.