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Your Oxford SSO account

Your Oxford Single Sign-On (SSO) account entitles you to use all University resources provided by IT Services and many others run by other parts of the University. It is called a Single Sign-On account as you can access multiple services with a single login and it is sometimes called simply your SSO account. Your SSO account comprises:

  • your SSO username (also sometimes called your Oxford username) eg. abcd1234
  • your SSO password which you choose yourself

A Single Sign-On account is created automatically for you. You need to activate your account to set it up and change the password at least once a year.

For new students, your SSO username and activation code will be sent by email to the address held for you on the University record four days after your returned Card Form has been processed.  Please ensure the University has a working email address for you. If you are an undergraduate applicant, you should make sure your e-mail address is up to date on UCAS. If you are a graduate applicant, you should make sure your e-mail address is up to date on the Graduate Applicant Self Service. Otherwise, the details will be sent by internal mail to your main University address.

Activating your Oxford Single Sign-On account

To activate your account, you need your activation code, and either your student number or University card barcode number. Follow these steps:

  1. Access the Web Authentication Service (Webauth)
  2. Choose a password for your Oxford SSO account. (Read the security advice about choosing your passwords).
  3. Set a security question and answer in case you ever forget your password

Your email will tell you the lifetime of the activation code which will be between 30 and 60 days. If the activation code has expired, you can ask for it to be unexpired via the IT Services service desk.

Changing the password of your Oxford Single Sign-On account

  • To change your password, visit the Webauth Manage your account page.
  • Webauth will also let you reset a forgotten password using your stored security question and answer.
  • If you forget both your password and the answer to your security question, you will need to obtain a Webauth 'rescue' code via your college IT staff or the IT Services service desk.

Password expiry

You need to change your Oxford SSO account's password at least once a year via Webauth. You should receive an email reminder a few weeks before it is due to expire. If you don't change your password by its expiry date you will be unable to access your Oxford SSO account until the password has been reset via Webauth.

More information

The IT Services Accounts & Security web page has further information about your Oxford SSO account.

The Connecting to the Internet web page tells you how to connect your devices. Please note that a separate Remote Access password is required for eduroam wifi and VPN secure connections.