Top Hat - Help for Students

Visit the Top Hat homepage on the Digital Education Systems Help website for guides to help you use Top Hat. You will also be able to search for answers if you're not sure which guide you might need.

Links to some of the how-to guides available on the website are also provided below:


Accessibility Statement for Top Hat
Account, Add a Student ID to your Top Hat account
Account, Create a Top Hat Student account
App, How to download and use the Top Hat App


Join Code, Join a Top Hat course using a Join Code


Log in, How to log in to Top Hat


OTLA, Guidance on taking an online time limited assessment delivered using Top Hat

Need more help?

You can access help and support from within Top Hat once you are logged in:

  • Live chat by clicking on the speech bubble icon next to your name, this is available between 2pm to 8pm GMT on weekdays.
  • Raise a support ticket┬áby clicking on the question mark icon.

You can also request support through this website ( Make sure you are logged in when viewing this page, you should see additional support options, such as the ability to open an IT ticket and, where relevant, submit related requests for specific help.

What is Top Hat?

Top Hat is an online system that staff can use to assign teaching and learning activities for you to access either live and/or asynchronously. Top Hat can also be used to deliver summative and formative assessments.

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 you to complete. Students respond via a web browser or app on their own device.

Students need to create a University of Leeds Top Hat account before they can take part in activities that use Top Hat.

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