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The main purpose of the Access & Identity Management Programme is to build upon the Access Management Federation and develop the technologies and strategies for future developments particularly in the areas of identity management and user centric systems.

Directions: Access and identity management

Access and identity management will develop the technologies and strategies needed to take forward the UK Access Management Federation, particularly in the areas of identity management and user-centric systems.


  • To continue the evolution of access and identity management for the UK higher and further education sectors within an international context. This will involve embedding institution-centric approaches, whilst investigating user-centric approaches 
  • to raise the perception of identity management within HE and FE, highlighting how the correct processes and policies can improve efficiency and effectiveness and reduce costs
  • to show how to incorporate rapid technological change in access and identity management and how these might potentially impact on universities, colleges and the UK federation

This programme builds on, and continues development of, work originally funded under the Access & Identity Management Programme.

This suite of work also includes transitional funding of the Shibboleth Consortium (through EDINA) as it moves to a possible foundation model and becomes sustainable without JISC funding.


Work undertaken by the Identity Management Toolkit highlighted that very few institutions have efficient identity management processes in place. We will raise awareness of the benefits of good identity management using further work on the toolkit, community building and by embedding the outputs of earlier work (for example, the Raptor project) within the UK Access Management Federation. Case studies of institutions that have gone some way to improving their identity management will show how costs can be saved and efficiency increased.

Technologies are continually developing to give users control of identity. We will remain engaged both within Europe and internationally to understand how these technologies impact the sector within the UK.

A large community has built up around the use of Shibboleth through the UK federation, so it is imperative that the alternative funding model for the Shibboleth Consortium is a success.

Access and identity management touches on many other JISC programmes so its importance cannot be overestimated. This work will continue to support other programmes in solving these issues.


Start date
2 January 2012
End date
31 July 2013
Funding Programme
Digital infrastructure: Directions
Strategic Themes