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The way to log in to GitHub is changing


Effective from Wednesday 26 June, the university will be implementing a new sign-in process and University of Leeds authentication for GitHub accounts. From this date, only current University of Leeds staff and students will be able to access internal GitHub Repositories and Organisations belonging to the University of Leeds.

This change will help create a more secure, efficient, and user-friendly environment for our students and academic and research communities.

For current University of Leeds staff and students

From Wednesday 26 June, you will be required to use the university’s new Single Sign On authentication method to access the University of Leeds GitHub area.

Users with existing GitHub accounts

If you already have a GitHub account, you should log into that account as normal, then when you access any University of Leeds Repositories or Organisations, you will be asked to enter your usual university login credentials. This will link your university identity to your existing GitHub account – a separate account will not need to be created. When signing in via the new method, you will retain access to any University of Leeds Repositories and Organisations.

For non-University of Leeds users (‘external collaborators’)

If you are currently (or have recently been) supporting University of Leeds staff or students but are not a member of staff or student, you will lose access to content within the University of Leeds GitHub account. If you need to retain access to this content, please contact the owner of your GitHub Organisation or Repository (or the person you are collaborating with at University of Leeds) and ask them to invite you as an external collaborator.

You will retain access to any GitHub repositories that are already external to the University of Leeds Enterprise.

What are the benefits of this new sign-in process?

Our priority is to ensure the security and integrity of our systems and this update is a necessary step in that direction. Particularly in light of the recent cyber incident against the University, we are committed to consolidating authentication processes to reduce the risk of data breaches resulting from compromised credentials. This new authentication process will enforce consistent security policies and access controls, protecting sensitive academic and research data.

Other benefits of the new authentication method include:

  • Current and new University of Leeds users will be automatically granted access to GitHub resources based on their university status, removing the need for manual invitations and user uploads.
  • Staff and students can more easily collaborate on projects and research with streamlined access to the University’s GitHub Enterprise.
  • A step in the direction of integrating GitHub with existing university systems such as Minerva.

Who should I contact if I have a question?

If you have any questions or need assistance during this transition, please email