• What is Edugate?

    Edugate is HEAnet’s federated access service. Edugate’s purpose is to eliminate the need for multiple user-names and passwords, which inconveniences users. Federated access means just a single set of credentials is required to log into a range of services.

  • Service Profile

From Library and Online Services, to accessing Virtual Learning Environments – the single login aspect of Edugate grants secure and rapid access. Edugate is based on the SAML data format.

This service is available to all clients of HEAnet, and can be extended to both staff and students.

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    Additionally, Edugate partners with the eduGAIN service, which is run by GÉANT, the pan-European network.
    eduGAIN permits Ireland’s Edugate users full access to shared resources – an example of international federation.

    Institution-wide Benefits

    Edugate is especially useful for the following role-holders in Ireland’s education and research network:

    • IT Managers / Directors
    • Librarians
    • Distance Learning Co-ordinators
    • Student Unions
    • Clubs and Societies
    • Registrars
    • Researchers
  • Client Needs

    Edugate allows the staff and students at HEAnet client institutions to avail of a single, secure log-in procedure for any service. This eliminates the confusion and user attrition that arises from possessing multiple log-in credentials.

    Edugate can easily be utilised for any number of provisioned services, including:

    • Web Application Login (SaaS)
    • Video Conferencing
    • Journal and Library Services
    • Student Smartcard Portals (e.g. Campus Card) – Parking Services
    • Room and Facility Reservation

    Edugate currently provides the only online mechanism to prove an Irish 3rd level student is in fact a student – permitting access to student deals and discounts.


    There is no charge to HEAnet clients for the use of Edugate.

Join Edugate

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 also eligible to join and should also complete the Edugate Agreement and state the Institution that has contracted the service.
  • Edugate is becoming central to a lot of our services. It’s vital for UCC student email and VLE log-in.

    The last thing we want are multiple sets of credentials. Federated access is the way forward, and allows us to leverage credentials across all our services.

    We will be looking at providing more and more student services via Edugate in the future.

    Barry O’SullivanIT Services, University College Cork
  • Contact HEAnet

    Support for Edugate is provided through the HEAnet NOC.

    You can contact the HEAnet NOC by emailing or by calling 01-660-9040, Monday to Friday, 09:00 – 17:30.

    The HEAnet NOC is committed to ensuring every client receives a consistent, responsive service with an emphasis on minimising client disruption.