Top Hat - Help and Support for Staff


Top Hat is the University’s institutional mobile voting solution, it was implemented in 2019 following an extensive cross Faculty pilot. The tool has two distinct uses: active learning and assessment delivery. It is accessed through a web browser or iOS/Android app and is compatible with screen readers.

Staff can use it to assign teaching and learning activities for their students to access either live and/or asynchronously. Staff can set different types of questions (e.g. multiple choice, fill in the blanks) and discussion topics within Top Hat and assign these for their students to complete. Students respond via a web browser or app on their own device.

Top Hat can also be used to deliver summative and formative assessments. Students need to create a University of Leeds Top Hat account before they can take part in activities that use Top Hat.

Get help and guidance

The Digital Education Systems Help website contains a library of user guides (step-by-step how-to guides and video tutorials) to help you use Top Hat. You can also search the Digital Education Systems Help website for answers to questions you have relating to Top Hat.

Additional support

If you are having technical issues using Top Hat or have questions that aren't answered by the published guides and FAQ's on the Digital Education Systems Help website you can also access support via the IT Service Desk (this website) by logging a request for support using the Log a general Request form, or report something broken using the Log an Incident form.