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Discover the University's virtual learning environment

Canvas is the University's virtual learning environment for teaching and learning.

Easy to use

Canvas is easy and intuitive to use. Depending on how your academic has set it up, you can use it to:

  • Access your course materials
  • Get feedback on your work
  • Start discussions and collaborate with other students or academics
  • Access your reading lists where available

Help using Canvas

(Please note: if you need help with your course, contact your academic or course administrator.)

Help with Canvas is available by phone (+44 80 0060 8452, charges may apply) and chat 24/7, 365 days a year. More information is available via the ‘Help’ button on the Global Navigation menu once you are logged in.

You can also call University IT Services on 01865 (6)12345 with details of your requirements.

Log into Canvas

If you are having problems logging into Canvas, take a look at the 'Problems accessing Canvas' page.

For guidance with using Canvas, please see our Canvas Guides for Students, where you can find all the information you need to get started.

You should also visit our YouTube channel, where you can find a useful playlist of videos to help with the most important functions of Canvas.

Don’t forget to download the Canvas Student app for Android or iOS devices to access your courses on the go.

Help and support with studying remotely

If you are new to studying remotely or need help and advice with developing your study skills in a remote environment, please visit the University’s remote study page where you will find useful resources, videos, hints and tips.


What is Canvas?

Canvas is a virtual learning environment (VLE) delivered by Instructure, an educational technology company founded in 2008 and based in the United States. Canvas, which was launched in 2011, is used in more than 50 countries by over 20 million students. The software is intuitive and easy to use, scalable and secure.

What are the benefits of Canvas for students?

As a student, you will find Canvas intuitive and easy to use. We also recommend that you download the mobile app for students. You can then view materials, contribute to discussions and send emails and more from your mobile device. The app is available for both Android and Apple devices.

How can I 'opt out' of Canvas?

It is not possible to opt out of Canvas if teaching activity is being delivered through the VLE. If you have any questions or queries about how Canvas works, or are having any problems with the VLE, please do speak to your tutor.

Where can I get more information about Canvas?

More FAQs and information are available in the Student Guides once you have logged into Canvas. 

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