Date published: September 21, 2018

Attendance check-in for students

Attendance check-in via Blackboard is used by students across the university to register attendance at monitored timetabled sessions.

For 2018-19, we will move to a new university-wide attendance monitoring system, where having a structured approach will help you transition to becoming an independent learner. While attendance monitoring is not our only measure of engagement, we know it is a critical component as regular attendance and student outcomes are closely linked.

At each monitored session, your tutor will ask you to open up the Module page on BlackBoard (BB) and to click through to the attendance monitoring screen. Checking-in will create a date and time stamp for monitoring purposes.

Why does the University monitor attendance?

We gather a number of sources of engagement information about our students including attendance at timetabled sessions. These data are used to provide you the best opportunity to succeed in your course and provide an alert when perhaps you are facing any academic or wellbeing issues.

Do I need to check-in?

We encourage all students to check-in at monitored sessions as this will ensure we provide you the tailored support that you may need to achieve your goals while you are at university.

Your School or Programme may also have minimum attendance requirements or expect you to register through alternative methods due to Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRBs), such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council. If you are not sure what will be expected, please contact your School Office or ask your tutor.

What happens if I can’t/ do not check-in?

We encourage everyone to check-in if possible, but if you cannot, your tutor can mark your attendance, so wait around at the end and just let them know.

If you miss a monitored session or do not check-in and do not inform your tutor, you will be contacted by your School to check that everything is okay and see if you need any support. Each School has a different approach to this, which will be communicated to you during the first weeks of your course.

I am an International Student, does this cover my attendance monitoring?

Currently, attendance check-in does not cover your required attendance and engagement condition of your Tier 4 visa. You will need to continue with having your attendance monitoring form signed every week by a lecturer or technician, and then uploaded onto Salford Advantage.

Further information on Tier 4 Attendance Monitoring can be found here.

To check in to a timetabled session

  1. At the beginning of your session log-in to the Blackboard site for the specific module you are attending. You can log-in either through a web browser or the Blackboard App.
  2. From the menu on the left, click on the ‘Attendance Monitoring’ link.
  3. Under ‘Register Attendance’ click the ‘Click here’ link. The link will take you to an ‘Attendance’ webpage.
  4. Then click the ‘Finish’ button

You will receive a pop-up message to confirm that your check-in has been successful.

I do not know my username and password

As a new University of Salford student, we will provide you with a user account. This will enable you to access essential online services throughout your time with us.

Your IT account details will be sent to your email address from and will be in the format of three letters followed by three numbers. These details can be used to access the majority of our IT systems, including Blackboard (the University’s virtual learning environment), the library catalogue, PCs and WiFi. This email will arrive with you shortly after you have received an unconditional offer.

Then, within 24 hours of successfully completing your registration, you will have your university email address and password confirmed to you, which is in the format of initial(s) This information will also be sent via email from and you should expect to receive it within 24 hours of completing online registration.

Not received the emails?

Make sure you don’t miss any important information by following the advice below:

  1. Check the junk or spam folder in your personal email account for a message from
  2. If you use Gmail, Yahoo (including Sky and BT Yahoo), or Virgin, add to your address book
  3. If you’re a Hotmail,, or BT Mail user, add to your safe senders list.

If you need any further help, contact the Digital IT Service Desk on 0161 295 2444 or email

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