UK Access Management Federation
for Education and Research

The UK federation is operated by Jisc and provides a single solution to accessing online resources and services for education and research. Here is some information on how it works and its benefits.

Eligible organisations are invited to join the current membership.

Latest news

UK federation Shibboleth IdP Upgrade Webinar

Posted on Tuesday, 11 June 2024

Technical participation in the UK federation can be achieved through various means, including running Shibboleth themselves, purchasing OpenAthens, using the Jisc trust and identity consultancy service, and getting support from other third parties.

Consequently, organisations operating their own deployment of Shibboleth may like to know the UK federation has published documentation for organisations upgrading from Shibboleth IdP v4 to Shibboleth IdP v5.


Central Discovery Service closing

Posted on Monday, 22 January 2024

Since the inception of the UK federation in 2007, we have operated a Central Discovery Service (CDS) which lives at This is, currently, one way resource providers can determine where their end user is coming from and consequently which institution they have to be directed to, in order to authenticate and log on. We have always considered the CDS as a discovery option of "last resort".

However due to changes in the landscape the UK federation is closing the CDS on 29 February 2024. Affected service providers (SPs) are moving to an alternative discovery method before then to ensure continued access for end users. This change affects a small number of SPs who use the CDS. The vast majority of SPs already conduct their own discovery. Identity Providers (IdPs) are not affected by this change. We have contacted all affected services, however, should you be unsure if your service uses the CDS and needs to take action please contact the service desk


Service desk closure for Winter break 2023-2024

Posted on Tuesday, 19 December 2023

As usual, along with most areas of Jisc, the UK federation service desk will take an extended break over Christmas and New Year. The helpdesk will be unavailable from 13:00 on Thursday 21st December, 2023 and reopen at 10:00 on Tuesday 2nd January, 2024. If you submit a request to during these dates, your email will be logged, but we won't be able to respond until we return in January.

UK federation metadata will be re-published automatically over the holiday period so, whilst we will not make changes to UK federation-registered entities, there may be changes due to entities imported via eduGAIN.