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About Us

Edugate is a service of HEAnet and was initially funded through e-Inis under the HEA's PRTLI Cycle 4 Programme. Edugate is governed by a committee nominated by the HEAnet board and is composed of members from the academic community, representing the interests of academic libraries, research and information technology departments. 

Contacting Us

Technical issues, new member enquiries or general information requests can be directed to the HEAnet Network Operations Center
By phone : +353 1 6609040
By email :

There are 5 other communication channels

    o This mailing list is open to anyone who and includes a range of subscribers from IdP’s, SP’s system integrators, federation operators. This is the place to ask for community advice on topics such as;  Prospective members of Edugate  Using the services of current members  Data-protection, attribute schema, Consent modules.  If a particular product or service is federated  Auditing, monitoring, availability and advice  Using your IdP bilaterally (with services outside Edugate)  Use of Edugate beyond Ireland or beyond the Higher Education sector o You can join at
    o This mailing list is also open to anyone, it is read-only with emails issues 1-2 times per month,  planned or unplanned Edugate service outages, or member service outages.  New service providers or identity providers in the pipeline (or ceasing to be a member)  Forthcoming federation service improvements (e.g. New registry features, enhanced WAYF, interfederation etc.)  Workshop announcements. o You can join at

Who is Edugate for?

Edugate provides a single access mechanism that can enable access to online resources supporting alliances, research collaboration, consortia and shared services. Now users can use the credentials issued by their institution to access Edugate enabled web-sites and benefit from a personalised and persistent experience, with privacy features that put the user in control.

Enable users to use the campus directory credential to access Edugate enabled web sites beyond the campus boundary from anywhere, whilst protecting the campus directory from unnecessary searches and the user credentials from use on web sites beyond your control. 

Your patrons are individuals, not IP Addresses!
Enable publishers to provide users with a consistent and personalised experience regardless of their location or the device they are using.
Improve the end-user experience by providing Single-Sign-On and reducing the frequency of prompts for campus credentials.
Connect your patrons to your subscribed resources, regardless of where the user performs their search.

Restrict access to your club or society web-site to valid campus users without needing the campus IT department to provide you with access to the entire campus user database.
For student unions, Edugate enables online elections that can authenticate all students currently enrolled without needing to expose campus credentials or personal information.

Example: UL Students Union

Provide your suppliers with a means to interact with all campus members. Whether its parking management, physical access management, catering or sports facilities, Edugate can provide a secure means to validate staff and student status. Access cards or tokens can be issued online in a self-service manner, removing the some, if not all, of the paperwork.

Example: Apcoa Parking Management

When establishing any online service that will be used by multiple institutions, Edugate will provide a means to authorise access to the service by user, role or institution without having to issue usernames/passwords or other credentials to the users of the service.
Most research projects are collaborations and when it comes to hosting collaborative tools or sharing documents and data, Edugate enables the hosting partner to seamlessly grant access to the project content.

Example: NDLR Repository
Example: HEAR and DARE

Campus IT managers and IT security officers are increasingly reluctant to synchronise user credentials or open up campus directory services to applications that are hosted in the cloud. Even locally hosted managed applications that require the campus credential to be processed by the application present a security risk. Edugate is built on the open SAML federated access standard that is used in the financial services, aerospace and governmant eID and provides Single-Sign-On without the risks.

Whether it's a central or local government service that needs to validate that a student is a current student, Edugate can open up the potential for numerous e-Government services for students (e.g. Grants and Tax Credits)

When offering a student discount online, relying on a campus email address leaves the offer open to abuse since many institutions offer 'email for life'. Edugate will allow you to know if a customer is a current student and which institution the customer is affiliated to.