Checking your submission was successful

Once you have made your submission, you must verify that it was successful by carrying out both of the following checks:

  1. Check the details on the Review Submission History page.
  2. Check the Submission Receipt on the Coursework area and make sure that you can open the files you attached. Important note for Mac users: If you are using the iWorks application to create your document, in order that the file can be opened by the markers, you must export as *.docx using the File Export function in iWorks. Apple Mac files such as .pages will not be accepted for marking, unless specified by the Module Leader.

Review Submission History page

When you successfully submit an assignment in Blackboard, you will see a message at the top of the screen which tells you if the submission is complete.

screenshot showing an example green success message after submission

The details of your submission will be displayed, including links to any files you attached. You must then check your Submission Receipt, as described below.

Submission Receipt

The ‘Coursework’ area will display a Submission Receipt for any submissions you have made to a Blackboard assignment. To view a receipt, click on the link showing the date and time of the submission.

If you have made more than one submission, only the very latest will be shown: this will be the submission that is marked.

To see your previous submissions click on the ‘Show Previous submissions’ link.

example screenshot highlighting the submission receipts area on the Coursework area


  • If your file is corrupt or empty, ie it is 0 bytes, you will see a red exclamation mark next to the receipt date. When you open your receipt, you will also see a red message telling you that the file appears to be blank. If you see this message you must re-submit your whole submission
  • If you selected Save as draft instead of Submit, you will see the words (DRAFT - Not submitted) in red. This is not a completed submission and will not be available for marking.
  • If you have submitted a .pages file, you will see a red exclamation mark next to the receipt date. When you open your receipt, you will also see a red message telling you that Apple Mac files such as .pages, will not be accepted for marking, unless specified by the Module Leader.

Your Submission Receipt will contain the following:

  • Submission reference: a specific reference number allocated to you on submission.
  • Student Name: your name.
  • Student Number: your student number.
  • Assignment ID: the identifying code of the assignment.
  • Assignment Title: the name of the assignment.
  • Course code: the code of the course which contains the assignment.
  • Course title: the title of the course which contains the assignment.
  • Date and Time of Submission: the date and time of your submission (as recorded by the Blackboard server). All times are UK time.
  • File: the filename and size of the item you uploaded.
    Please note that if the course is still available to students, the filename will be a link to the document. If the course is unavailable to students, the filename is displayed but will no longer be a link.
  • Submission Text: If you have entered anything in the ‘Write Submission’ option e.g. text or a mashup, this will be presented to you via a Submission Text.html link so that you can view in a web browser.
  • Submission Comments: Any text you entered in the Comments field.
  • Print: Click the Print button to print a copy of your receipt.
  • Email: Click the Email button to receive an e-mail version of the receipt. The e-mail will be sent to your UWE e-mail address. It is not possible to have this e-mail sent to any other e-mail account, so please make sure that your UWE Live Mail in box is not full. The sender will appear as ‘’ and the subject will be ‘Submission Receipt’. Please allow up to 1 hour for delivery during peak times. If you do not receive the e-mail receipt within 24 hours, please contact Learning & Research Systems.

example screenshot of a receipt

For further information on the Coursework area, please see our Coursework area guidance.

Panopto submissions

If you have attached Panopto content to your submission you will be able to view this on the receipt via the Submission Text.html link.

If it is only the Panopto content that you have added to your submission, you will see a red exclamation mark on the Coursework area and a warning on the receipt to indicate that no files are attached but the Panopto content itself will be visible via the receipt. The warning message relates to file attachments that you browse to rather than video/media content.

What to do if you notice a problem

If you are unable to submit or experienced an issue - please call the IT Service Desk on 0117 3283612 as soon as possible before the submission point closes.

We want all our students to be able to succeed and so we want to support you if personal difficulties or circumstances affect your studies and mean that you may be unable to complete, submit or attend assessments. If this happens to you please contact the Information Point and we will give you advice and support.

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