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?

Course Enhancement Questionnaires (CEQs) include the following:

  • 8 Core questions – automatically added to all CEQs
  • 1 question about Learn – automatically added to all CEQs
  • 2 questions about Schedule of Adjustments – automatically added to all CEQs
  • 4 Staff questions – added for teaching staff that the School can include via EUCLID
  • School Specific Sets – optional questions defined by the School and selected via EUCLID

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.

How are the results distributed?

Below is a summary of the different types of CEQ reports available for Schools.


Course Organiser report

The Course Organiser report for CEQs administered online is sent to the Course Organiser when the CEQ closes (for paper questionnaires, time varies).

This report contains responses to all the questions included on the CEQ: Core, Learn, Schedule of Adjustments, Staff, and School-Specific (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 the School.

New Course Organisers can request previous years reports for their courses by emailing

Staff report

The Staff report for CEQs administered online is sent to the individual member of staff when the CEQ closes (for paper questionnaires, time varies).

This report contains responses to the 4 Staff questions for the individual member of staff who was included on the CEQ.


Quantitative Core and Aggregated Staff reports

Quantitative results from 2017/18 are published in Power BI: CEQ Results


CEQ Results are published weekly, for CEQs that have been closed, at different levels:


  • Core Questions
  • Core Questions - School level
  • Staff Questions - these are at aggregated level, no name is published