About Course Enhancement Questionnaires

Course Enhancement Questionnaires are a way to gather feedback on teaching and are a mandatory part of taught, credit bearing courses.

Course Enhancement Questionnaires are central to the University’s commitment to student engagement, to our quality assurance and quality enhancement agenda.

The questions were agreed after a University-wide consultation process.  They reflect institutional needs and priorities and the associated policy takes careful account of concerns regarding the access to the data. The questionnaires aim to capture as many distinct facets of the student experience of teaching as possible, using as few questions as possible.

The principal purpose of Course Enhancement Questionnaires is to enhance student learning, to provide staff with information that they can use to guide and evaluate changes in course content and teaching, and to enhance learning and support for learning across programmes and the broader university.

Which courses need to use the Questionnaires?

All credit-bearing taught University courses with students enrolled on them should be surveyed using at least the standard questions. This includes the taught portion of research courses.

What are the questions?

The Course Enhancement Questionnaire include the following:

  • core questions - mandatory questions pertaining to the student's experience of the course
  • staff questions - mandatory questions pertaining to the student's experience of staff delivering the course
  • school questions - non-mandatory questions defined by the School

The PDF below contains details of the Core Questions and Staff Questions included within the Course Enhancement Questionnaire.


This policy provides an overview of the purposes of Course Enhancement Questionnaires, sets out the structure of the Course Enhancement Questionnaires, and the reporting on and access to Course Enhancement data, data protection and freedom of information, along with obligations of students completing the questionnaires.

All taught, credit bearing courses (UG and PG) that have students enrolled on them and are delivered by the University of Edinburgh, including the taught portion of research courses, should be surveyed using the University’s standard survey tool and question sets. This includes Student-led Individually-Created Courses (SLICCs), placement courses, and dissertations. The standard core question set will be used in 2017/18 for these types of courses.

View details of the full Policy in the PDF below.

What happens to the results?

Aggregated results at School, College, University, Course and staff level are published throughout the academic year.

Core question set response data are also uploaded to the Student Data Dashboards.

How are the results distributed?

There are different types of reports available:

Course Organiser report

The Course Organiser report for surveys administered online is sent to the Course Organiser within a week of the closure of the questionnaire (for paper surveys, feedback time varies). This report contains responses to core questions, staff questions, and School-specific questions (if applicable). This report is for the use of the Course Organiser only (please see the Course Enhancement Questionnaire Policy, above). Before being able to share this report, permission from any staff included on the report is required. The process on how to ask for/record staff consent can be set within your School.

Core and School-specific reports

Core and School-specific reports for surveys administered online are made available to admin staff in the School on SharePoint within a week of the closure of the questionnaire (for paper surveys, feedback time varies). These reports contain responses to core and School-specific questions. These reports can be shared with staff and students.

Staff reports

Staff reports contain aggregated data for staff who were included on questionnaires for the Staff question set (where applicable). The distribution of staff reports follows the timetable below:

Stage of academic year Staff report distributed
Semester 1 End of January
Semester 2 End of June
End of year (includes Summer) Mid-October

NB: Heads of School will have access to Course Organiser and Staff reports in a dedicated folder in SharePoint. The Head of School can nominate contacts to have access to the folder by emailing with the staff name and UUN.

Reference pages

Course Enhancement Questionnaire Management guide