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Join the current members of the Edugate federation by completing the Edugate Agreement below;

  • HEAnet member institutions that wish to join should complete the Edugate Agreement below and return it to the address below. 
  • Private and Public Sector Higher Education Institutions that are not a member of HEAnet join should complete the Edugate Agreement below and state in their application how the institutions participation in Edugate will be of benefit to Edugate and its membership. The institutions application will then be considered by the Edugate Governance Committee.
  • Organisations who provide online services that are of benefit to the education and research needs of the members of the Higher Education sector should complete the Edugate Agreement. Organisations who have been contracted to deliver online services to any member Higher Education Institution are aso eligible to join and should lso complete the Edugate Agreement and state the Institution that has contracted the service.

Agreements should be posted to;
Edugate Operator
HEAnet Ltd.
5 Georges Dock
Irish Financial Services Centre
Dublin 1
The Edugate test federation may be used to test or trial Edugate federated access without completing the membership agreements. Requests to join the test federation should be sent to The current members of the test federation are listed  here


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.