Information Services

Electronic voting system

Top Hat is an online voting system used to poll groups of students in a lecture or tutorial session. Students respond via an app or web browser on their own device.

With Top Hat, questions are pushed to students’ web-enabled devices and these devices are then used to send back responses. These responses are collated by Top Hat and can be displayed on the lecturer’s computer. Lecturers are not restricted to just multiple choice questions and can ask more open questions that require students to construct answers of their own.

Introduction to Top Hat

Top Hat is the centrally supported electronic voting system (EVS) at the University of Edinburgh

Top Hat for Staff

Information for Staff about Top Hat

Top Hat for Students

Information for Students about Top Hat


Details of upcoming central and self-paced training for Top Hat

Help and Support

For help and advice on using Top Hat, please contact the IS Helpline.