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This document will describe how you can set up Shibboleth Single Sign-On (SSO) functionality to be used on Unitu so that users can use their university accounts to access Unitu.

Unitu is an officially registered SP (Service Provider) with the Jisc Federation for Shibboleth SSO. More details can be found here.

Benefits of SSO

Convenience for the students

Making the platform readily available by allowing users to have the same account credentials for both their university account and Unitu account will, we believe, vastly improve user experience and hence the engagement on the platform.


To enable Shibboleth SSO on Unitu it is a two-step bilateral process

Step 1: Registration 

  • We need to register your IDP (Identity Provider) service’s XML details on to our platform
  • You need to register us as an SP (Service Provider) on your IDP

Step 2: End-to-End Test

  • We need to test the connection on our test environment before we release it to our production environment
    • For this we ask for you to provide us with a small number of test accounts (one for student and one for staff)
  • You need to expose the email attribute in your SSO response
    • We will need to know the attribute id to search for the email to match the account to the user on our side after successful login

Common Error Troubleshooting

User not found

Please make sure that the email that you signed in with is the email that is registered with your account on Unitu.

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