* About: Mercury Online Course Evaluations for Instructors, Staff and Teaching Assistants

Service overview | Who can use it | How to request & access | Cost | Availability | FAQs | Best practices & policies | Training & documentation | Support

Service overview

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The Mercury online course evaluation system allows students to complete end-of-course evaluations for all lecture, lab, and seminar courses with an enrolment of 5 or more students. Course evaluations submitted through the Mercury system are completely anonymous.

Course evaluations may be used, as one indicator of teaching effectiveness:

Who can use it

Once the evaluation results are available, the following groups can view them, and interact with the system, as described:


Instructors have secure access to their course evaluation results only after final grades for all the students in the course have been submitted and processed by the department.

They can view full evaluation results (the numerical ratings and comments) for their own courses; they can also choose to grant or deny permission to make their numerical course evaluation results available to the McGill community.

Academic unit heads

Academic unit heads (Chairs and Directors; and Deans of Faculties without departments) have secure access to view full details (numerical results and comments) for courses in the department.

Deans of all Faculties can view numerical results for courses in the Faculty.


Students have access to the numerical course evaluation results only when the following two conditions are met:

  • an instructor has not objected to access, and
  • an adequate response rate has been achieved.

Teaching Assistants

Teaching Assistants have the ability to view the portion of the course evaluation results that concerns them directly in Mercury. (Minerva contains only historical records prior to 2019.)


How to request & access the service

Instructors and Teaching Assistants

Access to this service is granted automatically to Instructors, Academic Unit Heads and Teaching Assistants.

You can access the Mercury system:

To view previous course evaluation results (up to Winter 2019), visit:

To view previous numerical course evaluation results that have been made available to the McGill community, visit the Reports and Results page on the Mercury website.

Mercury Liaisons

Access for Mercury Liaisons must be requested by the current liaison, manager or unit head (You can't request a Mercury liaison access for yourself). To request an access to the Mercury Online Course Evaluation system, please submit the form: Add/remove a liaison.


If an academic unit head wishes to authorize a delegate, it is important to keep in mind that they will have complete access to all numerical results and written comments for courses offered within the academic unit.

To authorize or remove a staff member as a delegate, complete the Authorize or remove a delegate webform. Please update your delegate authorization should staffing responsibilities change.


There is no cost associated with this service.


When are course evaluation questionnaires available to students?

Please see the Evaluation periods page on the Mercury website

When are course evaluation results available?

Course evaluation results are available to Instructors, Teaching Assistants, and Academic Unit Heads after final grades for all students in a class are submitted and processed, and the evaluation end date has passed.

Results are made available to students on the following dates:

Note: Results are published to the McGill Community if the following conditions are met: 

Frequently asked questions

None available.

Best practices & policies

View strategies to encourage student participation:

Training & documentation

Self-serve resources:

Mercury Online Manuals for

See also: Mercury for Students


For technical support, search for Mercury in the IT Services catalog to find the request that best describes the task you want to perform in Mercury.

If you do not find the task required in the task catalog, require assistance with something else or you have a general question about Mercury, please contact the Service Desk.