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UFO user account for an external user (UO)

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Temporary UFO user account

A person who has no contract in the university but has a justified reason to use IT services for the staff, a temporary UFO user account must be applied by her/his unit. This person could be a scholarship researcher, a researcher with grant funding or Academy funding, a part-time teacher, a visiting researcher or teacher, a professor emeriti or a pensioner continuing research work.

Because the UFO account is chargeable for the unit, the user account is created only when the superior of the unit responsible for the costs has approved the application. When the account has been created, the person gets the information about it to the e-mail that has been informed in the application.

The UFO account has the same user rights as a staff account including for example UNIV domain, print service, email and other M365 services.

  • University of Oulu Graduate School can grant an UFO account for a doctoral researcher. In this case the account does not include workstation maintenance or IT support which are part of UNIV services. It includes an email address in form and M365 services and limited right to print. The UniOGS researchers work on their own devices which can be used on the campuses only in a wireless network. The software licenced by the university is available with VPN connection. More information:

The contents of this instruction:

UFO application

The first UFO application is filled for the applicant by the unit responsible for the costs. If the applicant has a valid UFO account, she/he can apply the extension for the validity of UFO account her-/himself using the link she/he has received by email. The instructions related to the UFO application can be read in Patio intranet.

  • If a completely new UFO account is applied for and the applicant does not have a Finnish personal identity code, HR services should be contacted, and they will fill in the application form.

Account and password

By receiving the personal account, you also approve Rules of IT Services Use.

The password of the university user account must be changed at least once a year. You get the reminder to your e-mail before the expiration.

  • When setting a new password, do not use special or Scandinavian characters in it! Passwd service accept them but the external services in our use, for example print service and IT Device Vendor do not accept all characters. See this: Requirements for a good password.

If your user account is brand new and you have got Finnish online banking codes (or mobile certificate or card for e-Identification), you can set the first password in the university Passwd service.

The university Passwd service: is a self-service for setting or changing the password when needed.

  • You need to authenticate through authentication service if you don’t know/remember the account name or the password (for example: new account, forgotten account name, forgotten password, expired password). The identification methods for e-Identification: with Finnish online banking codesmobile certificate, ID card or organisation card.
  • If you know your account and the password, e-Identification is not asked.
  • A new feature that is now only available to the test group: If you cannot use e-Identification and you don’t know your password, it’s possible to reset the old password and set a new one in Azure sign-in screen if you earlier has set Authenticator applicatios as your MFA method. Read more!

There are other ways to change the password. Read more: How to change your university account’s password (UO) (

In case you’re having login problems, please check the section Forms of the UFO account, that you type the account in the right form (account / account@univ / Quite typical reason for login problems is also that your account or password has been expired.

You can check the status of your account by going through authentication to the university’s Accountinfo service:

  • In the service, you can check if your account is valid and when you have changed your password.
  • You can send a support request directly from the Accountinfo service to the Campus ICT support service. In this case, the support request will include the necessary information about your account. If your account does not operate at all, add your other contact information (not the university’s email address in that case) in the request for the answering.

Multi-factor authentication

The multi-factor identification, MFA, is in use in the university. In practice, it means that when you sign in to a university service using M365 authentication or Certia Portal with your username and password, you will also secure your login using the phone. You can choose the way in which you use for verification; whether it is an app on the phone, SMS or a call. The recommendation is to use the Authenticator app on the phone.

If you have not chosen and set up the verification method in your MS account security information, you will receive a notification “More information required” at the login stage and you will be directed to set your authentication method without delay. 

Save your own authentication method in your Microsoft account security information.

Forms of the UFO account

There are eight (8) characters in the account name and it has been automatically generated on the basis of your name and the beginning year of your studies. If in the name the å, ä or ö letters happen to be, they are changed in the account name into the letters a or o. It is a basic form of your account and this instruction it is referred to with the word account. Always write it with lower-case letters.


  • Use the basic form when logging in the university’s workstations, remote desktops or to the information systems where Shibboleth or Haka authentication is in use.
  • If a domain (toimialue) is asked, choose the option: univ. If a server name is asked, choose the option: koivu.
  • Shibboleth login screen as an example:

  • This long form of your account is your Microsoft account, we use the abbreviations MS account, M365 username and O365 username for it. Use it to sign-in all Microsoft 365 Education services (shortly O365/M365) and to other services which use Azure authentication, for example Patio intranet.
  • Use the long form also when connecting your mobile device to wireless network Eduroam.
  • Azure sign-in screen as an example:

Type your account in form: or


  • Enter your account in this form when logging in Canon printing devices or when registering a RFID in the printing service.

Validity of the UFO account

The account is automatically generated based on data saved in Certia, just like the temporary removal and termination of the access rights relating to the account.

You get a message about termination beforehand to your email address. Then the right to use the university’s information systems and workstations will end and the right to use the university’s software at home computer will end too. Account termination also includes your email address. The email folders and other files are automatically removed within certain time from the M365 service.

You should be prepared for the end of the right of use:

  • Inform the new e-mail address to cooperation partners etc.
  • Copy your own stored files from OneDrive and K-disk and delete the others.
  • Copy your own important e-mail messages: you can send them to your own new mailing address or save them as either a pst file or in an app you use. You can find the help for the Pst file on the M365 help page.
  • Remove from your computer software acquired through the university that you no longer have access rights to use.
  • To access the university network disk from home with a VPN connection via remote desktop, see the help page.

Email address

As a staff member, your email address is as a rule in form: 

  • If there is another person with the same name in the system, one character or a string is added between the names. The addition could be generated on the basis of your middle name or it could be a number. In that case, your email address could be in the form:
  • If in the name the å, ä or ö letters happen to be, they are changed in the email address into the letters a or o.
  • Your MS account also serves as the e-mail address:
  • With old user accounts, the addresses of an old mail server could still opearate: and

Microsoft 365 Education is the university’s email service. The service also offers other versatile tools for your use. You can log into the service with your university Microsoft account at:

General IT instructions and IT news for UFO user

The UFO user account is equal to the staff account, so the IT instructions and news concerning you are published in Patio-intranet as a rule. There in Patio instructions, links are also used.

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