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Changes to Blackboard log in for teaching or administrative roles

From Sunday 22 July 2018, if you have a teaching or administrative role within Blackboard you will need to use 2-factor authentication as part of the login process

The change, which is part of the annual Blackboard upgrade taking place 19th – 22nd July. If you are affected you will be sent an email from IT Services on Thursday 12 July with information about what you need to do.

How will it work?

When you log into Blackboard you will be asked to verify your identity using our 2-factor authentication service from Duo.

You will login to Blackboard with your University username and password (as you do now), and then be presented with a screen from Duo that asks how you would like to authenticate. The easiest way to authenticate is by using the Duo Mobile app on a smartphone.

Why are we doing it?

2-factor authentication provides an additional layer of security should your username and password get in to the wrong hands – it is part of a programme of work to better protect University systems and services.

What do I need to do?

If you will be affected, keep an eye out for you email from IT. The meantime you can read more about 2-factor authentication, including Frequently Asked Questions:

The University IT Account Manager offers self-service options to manage your authentication method and devices.

And you can read more about the 2-factor device options available: